After its latest regional election defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Social Democrats (SPD) are supposed to be on the attack. But the desired turbo start into the national election campaign doesn’t seem to be working.
State police in Berlin have been accused of trying to hide mistakes made in their investigation of Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called the allegations unconscionable.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel sought the help of his American counterpart on Wednesday in an ongoing row between Berlin and Ankara.
Austrian lawmakers have approved a bill that outlaws wearing a full-face veil in public. The new legislation also establishes mandatory integration courses, and prompts asylum seekers to do unpaid public work.
France’s new President Emmanuel Macron secured backing on Monday from key ally Chancellor Angela Merkel for his bid to shake up the EU, despite scepticism in Berlin over his proposed reforms.
The government is mulling moving its troops out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base after a second snub by Ankara. A German political delegation was denied approval to visit Bundeswehr soldiers at the military facility.
The leadership of Austria’s conservative People’s Party ÖVP), the junior party in the country’s coalition government, has appointed Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz as its new head, Kurz told a news conference on Sunday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won 33 percent of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state election on Sunday, official projections showed.
Austria’s grand coalition was on the brink of collapse Friday after Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, the de-facto leader of its center-right party, signaled he didn’t believe the government should continue.
Austria’s vice chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said he would step down, setting stage for political shake-up. He will also abandon all positions in the Austrian People’s Party.