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Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

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Angela Merkel has finally begun her fourth term as Chancellor after almost six months of political deadlock in Germany.Ms Merkel is due to be sworn on Wednesday.Parliament voted 364 to 315 in a secret ballot to re-elect Ms Merkel, who ran unopposed.Germany has been locked in political uncertainty for almost six months after millions of voters abandoned the two main parties.Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany party (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) were dropped by the public in favour of parties on the left and right.Image:Angela Merkel (in white) receives congratulations from parliamentarians following her election for a fourth term as ChancellorA coalition has been formed between the CDU, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - which is the CDU's Bavaria-only sister par...
German, Norwegian vessels join Truman strike group in Norfolk

German, Norwegian vessels join Truman strike group in Norfolk

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Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Naval vessels from Germany and Norway have arrived at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia to participate in coalition training exercises.The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen joined the the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on Friday and the Sachsen-class German frigate Hessen on Sunday, the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense announced today."Any time we can operate with another one of our allies anywhere in the world, we gain from it and they gain from it," U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of the Truman, said in a press release. "I've always had great success working with coalition partners, and this is just a similar task with a more complex mission set. I'm very confident of our success and look forward to sailing with these two great ...
German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

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A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime. Hambach forest has become a focus of environmental protests against the expansion of a vast mine that supplies much of the coal used in nearby power plants. The coal, a light brown variety called lignite, is considered one of the most polluting forms of fossil fuel.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Report: German police made 'gross mistakes' before Christmas attack

Report: German police made 'gross mistakes' before Christmas attack

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Oct. 12 (UPI) -- An investigation into the Christmas market attack in Berlin last year concluded Germany police made "gross mistakes" before the deadly incident that killed 12 people.Special investigator Bruno Jost said attacker Anis Amri, a Tunisian national, was detained several months before the attack and flagged for deportation. Officials also apparently had some evidence that Amri had radical Islamist ties, but not enough to deport him on that alone. Amri also was arrested on a drug charge, which could have been enough for deportation."There is no mathematical certainty that Amri could have been arrested and detained, but if everything had gone well, then there would have been a real chance of detaining him and at least to get him remanded in custody for a while," Jost said, accordin...
Prepare for 'very hard' Brexit, German firms told

Prepare for 'very hard' Brexit, German firms told

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Germany's biggest business lobby group has warned companies operating in the UK to prepare for a "very hard Brexit".The Federation of German Industries (BDI) accused Theresa May's Government of being "at odds" with itself on a clear strategy for the looming divorce, claiming the outcome was "completely open".Its managing director, Joachim Lang, told reporters in Berlin: "After four rounds of negotiations, German industry looks with concern at the progress of the Brexit negotiations."The British Government is lacking a clear concept despite talking a lot."German companies with a presence in Britain and Northern Ireland must now make provisions for the serious case of a very hard exit. Anything else would be naive."Video:Five key points from PM's Brexit speechThe BDI said it had created its ...