Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was elected leader of the center-right Austrian People’s Party on Saturday, paving the way for his candidature as chancellor in October snap elections.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s memorial was underway on Saturday, with a cortege of European dignitaries and those from further afield paying tribute to him.
Germany is reorienting itself away from the US and the UK and toward France. Chancellor Merkel made that clear in a speech to parliament about the EU’s future and next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg.
The move gives gay and lesbian groups reason to cheer while depriving opposition parties of a key campaign issue three months before elections.
French President Macron has said boosting cooperation with Germany was crucial to regaining the trust of European voters. His comments came ahead of his first EU leaders summit in Brussels.
The parliament of the state of Saxony said on Monday it would hold a hearing on whether to lift lawmaker Fraucke Petry’s immunity at the request of the public prosecutor’s office.
Austrian and Germany have lashed out at Washington over new sanctions against Russia that target the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shares concerns that proposed new US sanctions against Russia could hurt European companies, her spokesman says. He called the plans “peculiar.”
The European Union’s door remains open if Britain changes its decision to leave the 28-member bloc, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Tuesday, while acknowledging such a move is unlikely.