German conservatives reject “United States of Europe” ahead of coalition talks

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, Dec 10 : Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a “United States of Europe” put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. SPD leader Martin Schulz said on Thursday his party, which suffered its […]

As coalition talks loom, German conservatives reject SPD’s Europe idea

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, Dec 9 : Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a United States of Europe put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. SPD leader Martin Schulz said on Thursday his party, which suffered its […]

Germany’s far-right AfD chooses nationalist as co-leader

By Sabine Ehrhardt HANOVER, Germany, Dec 3 : Members of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party elected a right-wing nationalist to be their co-leader on Saturday, signalling a possible toughening of tone before regional votes next year. A party congress chose Alexander Gauland – who once defended an AfD member who had said history […]

Police clear protesters as Germany’s far-right AfD picks new leaders

By Sabine Ehrhardt HANOVER, Germany, Dec 2 : Riot police fired water canon at protesters blocking a road outside an Alternative for Germany (AfD) congress on Saturday, as members of the far-right party gathered inside preparing to pick new leaders. Anti-AfD activists regrouped to wave placards reading “Hanover against Nazis” and “Stand up to racism”, […]

German SPD, conservatives argue over repatriation of Syrian refugees

By Riham Alkousaa BERLIN, Nov 29 : Members of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives argued on Wednesday about repatriating Syrian refugees accused of crimes, a potential foretaste of coalition negotiations on immigration. Migration will be a key issue in coalition talks after an influx of more than a million migrants since […]