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Jan 22 07:06

Worthy rant by fed up German woman

Jan 21 14:58

Germany's SPD in all-or-nothing vote on Merkel alliance

Germany's divided Social Democrats will hold a crunch vote on Sunday on whether to pursue a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, or plunge the nation into political turmoil.

Jan 19 09:46

Long-distance trains cancelled across Germany until further notice due to hurricane

Long-distance trains across the country have been cancelled until further notice, Deutsche Bahn (DB) said on Thursday as it took precautions against hurricane "Friederike."

For safety reasons, long-distance trains will not be running until further notice, a DB spokesperson told the German Press Agency (DPA) on Thursday afternoon.

Jan 19 09:40

China in talks for sale of jet engine technology to Germany

China is in talks to sell Germany state-of-the-art machinery and technology critical in the manufacture of high-performance jet engines, a senior government scientist has revealed.The machinery produced turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees Celsius higher than the melting point of metallic alloys, the scientist said. The scientist, who is involved in the negotiations, asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Jan 18 08:45

Germany upholds Russia’s Nord Stream 2 project

Germany has submitted legal findings on draft amendments to the Gas Directive to the European Commission, which claim that the EC has failed to demonstrate any explanations or clear arguments showing how the proposals can help the Energy Union reach its goals, Vedomosti writes citing a European official. Moreover, the amendments are unnecessary, since the European legislation fully covers the companies and infrastructure connected with offshore pipelines on EU territory, the document obtained by the paper says. This makes the initiative to expand the requirements to split supplies and transit providers or access of third parties to pipelines importing gas to Europe unreasonable, the document notes. Germany considers the proposals to be unacceptable, "both from the viewpoint of European and international law"...

Jan 17 10:59

Hitler’s Auschwitz bookkeeper to finally face justice as 94-year-old deemed fit for jail

GERMAN prosecutors today said an 11th hour plea for clemency by former SS man Oskar Groening has failed and that he is headed to jail.

Jan 16 07:51

Germany's SPD at odds over coalition plan

Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats voiced scepticism Sunday over a preliminary coalition agreement reached with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, days after the hard-fought deal was hailed as a breakthrough.

Jan 16 07:46

'Europe is DISMEMBERING itself' German politician SAVAGES Macron and Merkel's EU greed

A LEADING German politician has delivered a scathing attack on Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz for using the European project to destroy the ordinary life of Europeans.

Jan 15 10:17

German State TV In A Nutshell

A bizarre clip from German TV showing a mother converting to Islam in front of her impressionable young child went viral over the weekend.

Jan 15 08:11

PICTURES: Historic German Church Demolished as Mosques Multiply Across the Country

The 19th century Church of St Lambertus in Immerath, Germany, has been torn down despite public protests, as mosques and Islamic centres multiply across the country.

The huge building, which was “notable for its double towers and neo-Romanesque design”, according to the Catholic Herald, was demolished by the RWE mining company to make way for an opencast lignite mine.

Jan 15 08:10

Germany braces for LIFE AFTER MERKEL as coalition worries put Chancellor’s future in doubt

ANGELA Merkel’s 17-year term as Germany’s chancellor could soon be at an end despite striking a deal this week which could finally pave the way for her to form a coalition government.

Jan 14 08:09

Germany at mercy of former EU chief Schulz as Angela Merkel hails coalition as ‘new dawn’

The German Chancellor has struggled to form a coalition after winning the nation’s election last year.

But now early agreements between Mrs Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) and former President of the European Parliament, are set to cement their partnership.

While a formal deal cannot be negotiated until the SPD’s special conference on January 21, Mrs Merkel has agreed on a slew of concessions to maintain her position as she looks to enter an historic fourth term – putting her on par with arch-Europhile Helmut Kohl and the first German Chancellor Konrad Adenaur.

Jan 13 13:27

How Will President Trump Deal With A Rogue California Government Making the State a Third World S-hole?

The state of California government has gone rogue and out of control. What happens in California can have some major ramifications nationwide if something is not done to put the state government in check. The state Legislator has passed laws that go far beyond infringing on people’s personal liberties. What is going on in the state is a major train wreck getting ready to happen that could have been preventable.

Jan 13 09:23

German-US relations after a year of Trump: what has changed?

When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the US last January, politicians in Berlin worried that it could have a dramatic impact on relations between the two allies. A year on there are reasons for optimism, as well as continued concern.

Jan 13 06:15

Migrants must visit Nazi concentration camps, Germany's Jewish council says

New migrants to Germany must visit Nazi concentration camp memorials to help tackle a perceived rise in anti-Semitism, Germany’s Central Council of Jews said on Wednesday, supporting a proposal by a Palestinian-German politician.
Anti-Semitism remains a sensitive issue in Germany, one of Israel’s closest allies, more than 70 years after the end of the Nazi-era Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed.
Note: How does 2% of the population with their lies control 98% of the people?

Jan 12 09:30

Op-ed calls on Israel to nuke Germany, Iran

In the opinion article published Tuesday, the author claims that only through nuclear annihilation of Iran and Germany, with 20 or 30 nuclear bombs each, can Israelis prevent the state’s destruction.

“If Israel does not walk in the ways of God’s Bible,” author Chen Ben-Eliyahu wrote in Hebrew, “it will receive a heavy punishment of near complete destruction and doom and only a few will be saved.”

Jan 11 12:36

German court overturns acquittal of ‘sharia police’ Islamists

The men, in orange vests bearing the words “Sharia Police”, are charged with breaking a law banning political uniforms – a law that aimed to prevent street movements such as the early Nazi party.

Jan 11 10:07

Historic German church demolished to make way for brown coal mine

Built in large part by local people and consecrated in 1891, St Lambertus church in Immerath, North Rhine-Westphalia state, was ripped down by diggers' hydraulic arms on Monday and Tuesday, leaving a heap of rubble where the neo-Roman nave and twin towers once stood.

Police brought in reinforcements Monday to manage a crowd of protesters who held up the demolition for five hours, local newspaper Rheinische Post reported.

"Those who destroy culture destroy people too," a banner held up by Greenpeace demonstrators read.

Jan 11 10:01

Merkel warns of 'big obstacles' as coalition talks come down to crunch

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's top parties still had "big obstacles" to surmount before reaching a new coalition deal, ahead of a last-ditch round of negotiations Thursday.

The veteran leader, who is battling to form a new government to salvage her political future, warned it would be a "tough day" of talks, which were expected to stretch well into the night.

Jan 11 09:42

Germany preparing for WAR? German teens enlist in record numbers thanks to social media

More than 2,000 soldiers under the age of 18 served in the Bundeswehr last year.

The figures show the number of teenagers under the age of 18 that joined the army ranks for a six-month trial period last year exceeded 2,000 for the first time.

A total of 2,128 minors served in the Bundeswehr last year, including 448 girls.

Germany is one of the few countries where people under 18 can register their interest in signing up.

Jan 11 09:25

German Police Halt Convoy of US Howitzers Over Irregularities

A convoy of six US howitzers was stopped this week while travelling through Germany’s eastern state of Saxony after local traffic police found multiple irregularities in how they were being transported.

The Saxony police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the US military transport of self-propelled M109s from Poland had been halted a day before outside the town of Bautzen.

Jan 11 09:25

Germany's Child Soldiers: Bundeswehr Recruits Record Number of Minors in 2017

Since 2011, when the German government suspended compulsory military conscription, the number of underage soldiers in the country's army has tripled. Dozens of recruits under the age of 18 have been reported, even after they finished their probationary period.

Jan 09 15:30

How a German children’s channel promotes child marriages with migrants

A film on the German children’s channel KIKA has sparked controversy in the country.

The film had already aired in November, but it gained relevance after a German girl was murdered by a migrant last month and another almost drowned by her migrant boyfriend. Both cases were relationship related.

Children’s channel KIKA broadcasted the program about a 16-year-old German girl, Malvina, who fell in love with a Syrian Muslim migrant called Diaa. At first the age of Diaa was 17, but later KIKA corrected that to 19, in a special statement.

Jan 09 10:03

MERKEL MADNESS GRIPS GERMANY

As Germany turns into a repressive violent state travellers are on a ‘visit at your peril’ red alert. Entangled in electoral mayhem and threatened by refugee violence the Merkel regime is said to be staring into the abyss.

Normal life is fast disappearing. Also disappearing are many Germans now fleeing to Hungary and Poles returning to their homeland to escape rampant refugee violence gripping Germany’s once beautiful cities.

Greece has suffered a calamitous 41 percent drop in tourism as a consequence of the invasion by non-European benefit bandits. German’s tourist sector is reeling from an even greater drop in visitor figures. Private properties in the hotel and leisure sector have been commandeered by the state to accommodate invaders.

Jan 08 08:59

Merkel Exposed: Germany, France Reeling Under Refugees' Crime Waves, Welfare Costs

A new German study, based on data that Angela Merkel’s government had kept hidden, has confirmed statistically what Merkel’s opponents have charged: The refugee tsunami to which Merkel opened Germany’s (and all of Europe’s) gates in 2015-2016, has also brought a huge crime wave. If this information had been allowed to reach German voters before last September’s federal elections, media darling Merkel likely would not have won her fourth term as chancellor. Merkel and her Left allies have always denied the refugee-asylee-migrant crime connection. Now that the facts are out (at least a small fraction — most of the data is still restricted) — the Left is trying to spin the evidence to argue for more Muslim migrants and more migrant benefits. Incredible?

Jan 08 07:50

"Spare Us The Thought Police!" Germans Rage As New Hate Speech Law Backfires

According to Germany's top-selling, and most popular newspaper, Bild, the new German law meant to curtail online hate speech is "stifling free speech and making martyrs out of anti-immigrant politicians whose posts are deleted."

The law which took effect on Jan. 1 can impose fines of up to 50 million euros ($60 million) on sites that fail to remove hate speech promptly and threatens the profitability of such social media giants as Twitter and Facebook.

"Please spare us the thought police!" read the headline in Wednesday's Bild above an article that called the law a "sin" against freedom of opinion enshrined in Germany's constitution, Reuters reported.

Jan 07 13:15

Ruchir Sharma forecast the top 10 Economic trends of 2018

Looking at the likely big trends in 2018.

As the new year rolls outs, NDTV’s Prannoy Roy has a fascinating discussion with author and global investor Ruchir Sharma about his 2017 prediction, which was 90 percent accurate and his forecast of top 10 economic trends for 2018. From global growth to whether unemployment will fall or rise this year to the stock market, they look at the likely big trends.

Jan 07 10:42

Holocaust Revisionist Monika Schaefer Arrested in Germany and Placed in Solitary Confinement for Thought Crime

I was asked by a reader on the Darkmoon site to run an article on Monika Shaeffer, the Canadian Holocaust revisionist famous for her controversial video, “Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust.” Until recently, like everyone else I know, I had no idea that Monika Schaefer had fallen into deep trouble.

A series of emails suddenly began entering my inbox last week, giving me the shocking news that Monika Schaefer, on a Christmas visit from Canada to Germany, the country of her ancestors, had suddenly been arrested in a courthouse in Munich. Here she had gone to attend the trial of Sylvia Stolz for alleged Holocaust denial, one of several other well-behaved citizens, sitting there quietly and not expecting any trouble.

Jan 07 09:55

'Merkel will lead campaign AGAINST EU integration' Harvard professor predicts shock U-turn

ANGELA Merkel who has been a central architect at the heart of the European Project during her tenure as German Chancellor will shock Brussels by refusing to go ahead with integration, according to a leading Harvard professor.

Jan 07 09:54

'Europe's once-most secure leader now HUMILIATED' Merkel undermined ahead of crucial talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - weakened by a humiliating election setback in September - has fallen from "Europe's most powerful leader to one of its most insecure".

According to John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs editor, Mrs Merkel's second bid to build a coalition government "is not looking good".

Talks to form another 'grand coalition' with the Social Democrats (SPD) are set to begin tomorrow, but experts believe any deal struck will be voted down by party members.

Simpson told Radio 4's Today programme: "No-one would have predicted it, but she is far less secure in her job than Theresa May is in hers.

Jan 07 09:14

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR ASSOCIATE AND THE GERMAN BDS MOVEMENT

Here are a few examples. In Germany, the BDS movement has Evelyn Hecht-Galinski at its service. She is the daughter of Heinz Galinski, a former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and chairman of the Jewish congregation of Berlin, who was one of the greatest and outspoken fighters against any form of anti-Semitism.

Jan 06 08:39

Epiphany? Rice calls for cooperation with Russia

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for cooperation with Russia, but not forgetting its "dark sides".

According to the former diplomat, Berlin and Washington should be consistent and unified with respect to Moscow. At the same time "the Germans are very friendly and would like rapprochement between the two countries."

"Russia needs not to be isolated" Rice stressed, countries must look for areas in which cooperation is possible.

Jan 06 08:37

Four Key Stumbling Blocks in Upcoming Talks to Form German Coalition

While the CDU and SPD parties are getting ready to start talks on the formation of a new government on Sunday, the situation is complicated by the fact that the two political forces have very different opinions on a number of issues - from migration to European integration. Some of them might become sticking points during the upcoming negotiations.

Jan 05 11:13

Germany Had So Much Renewable Energy Over Christmas It Had to Pay People to Use It

People in Germany essentially got paid to use electricity on Christmas.

Electricity prices in the country went negative for many customers - as in, below zero - on Sunday and Monday, because the country's supply of clean, renewable power actually outstripped demand, according to The New York Times.

Jan 05 11:01

Violent crime rises in Germany and is attributed to refugees

Violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, a study showed. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees.

Jan 05 09:17

Angela Merkel facing fresh coalition battle as Hungary’s Orban hits out at migrant policy

EU REBEL Viktor Orban is set to arrive in Germany today to offer his views on defending Europe’s borders as Angela Merkel faces growing pressure to toughen her immigration stance.

Jan 05 06:04

She apologized to her mom on youtube – and was thrown in maximum security prison (By Dr. Kevin Barrett)

Another snake masquerading as a “State Prosecutor” accompanied by 3 heavily armed thugs handcuffed Monika and dragged her away. When my sister protested that she is a free person from Canada and had done nothing wrong, the “State Prosecutor” snake told her, “if you wanted to stay free you should have stayed in Canada”. (Welcome to Holocaust country). Now they have moved Monika Schaefer to the high security prison in Munich and will keep her there indefinitely. Monika is accused of making an apology to her own dear mother. The title of the video was “Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust“.

Jan 04 08:26

Merkel under pressure as German violent crime SURGE blamed on refugees

GERMAN refugees have been blamed by a government report for a surge in violent crime, heaping more pressure on Angela Merkel over her immigration stance.

Jan 03 15:28

German hate speech law tested as Twitter blocks satire account

A German satirical magazine’s Twitter account was blocked after it parodied anti-Muslim comments, the publication said on Wednesday, in what the national journalists association said showed the downside of a new law against online hate speech.

Titanic magazine was mocking Beatrix von Storch, a member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who accused police of trying “to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men” by putting out a tweet in Arabic.

Twitter briefly suspended her account and prosecutors are examining if her comments amount to incitement to hatred.

Jan 03 08:42

All over for Merkel? Europhile tipped for next leader as nation loses faith in Chancellor

ANGELA Merkel could be replaced as Chancellor by Germany’s arch-europhile defence minister as the nation loses faith in her ability to form a Government.

Jan 03 08:17

German neo-Nazi lawmaker charged with hate speech is big Israel fan

A neo-Nazi member of Germany’s parliament who has been charged by police with inciting hatred against Muslims is a big fan of Israel.

Beatrix von Storch was suspended from Twitter and Facebook after she slammed police in the city of Cologne for this tweet – one of several put out in various languages – wishing the city’s residents happy new year in Arabic:

Jan 02 11:50

15-Year-Old Girl Stabbed to Death by ‘Child Migrant’ in Drug Store

A 15-year-old girl in the German town of Kandel was stabbed to death by her Afghan ex-boyfriend in a local drug store, shocking locals.

The attack occurred earlier this week and saw Afghan asylum seeker Abdul D. stab 15-year-old Mia repeatedly with a kitchen knife until customers were able to drag him off her and hold him until police arrived, Bild reports.

According to investigators, the incident came as a result of a dispute between the asylum seeker and the victim, who no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him. The parents of the victim also told police that Abdul D. had threatened their daughter earlier this month, and had told her he was going to “take care” of her.

Jan 02 11:47

Berlin Spends Over €400bln on Scheme to Employ Refugees in Middle East

The German government is spending hundreds of billions of euros on a scheme to employ refugees in the Middle East, in jobs including sorting trash and cleaning the streets. Berlin hopes that the work in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey will dissuade migrants from attempting to travel to Europe.

Jan 02 11:44

'They speak of a rift in German society’ Angela Merkel faces facts in New Year speech

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel used a New Year’s address to pledge her work to form a new government quickly.

Jan 02 11:11

Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

The grace period for tech firms failing to meet Germany's strict new hate speech law has ended.

The network enforcement act – Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, or NetzDG if that doesn't roll off the tongue for you – was passed by the government back in June.

It gives companies with more than 2 million users just 24 hours to remove or block criminal content, or seven days for more complex issues.

Jan 02 09:05

President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

Washington’s support for Israel’s perpetual and overt violation of international law and its bombing of humanitarian missions makes Israel a very costly ally.

The US suffered an overwhelming and humiliating defeat, one that kept Ambassador Haley dexterous fingers busy ‘taking notes’: 128 nations demanded that the Trump regime withdraw its declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital for Jews. Only 9 micro-nations (some mere postage stamps and a few death-squad banana-stans) voted with the Trump-Haley decision, 35 mendicant-states put their heads down and abstained while 21 timorous ambassadors chose to hide their shamelessness in the toilet stalls rather than show up for this important vote.

Jan 02 08:52

Liberals Getting Back in Touch With Their Authoritarian Roots - Justin Raimondo

The left and the art of political witch-hunting.

“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured ‘Russiagate’ controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He’s dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing?

Dec 31 08:25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declares Europe top priority for new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European co-operation is "the decisive question of the coming years" in a New Year's Eve broadcast on Sunday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks.
Merkel will say that "27 states in Europe must be persuaded more strongly than ever to hold together as a community," according to a scb ript of the annual televised address released by her office.

Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 30 11:00

'Brexit frees UK from German occupation!' EFTA campaigner SLAMS Germany's control over EU

BREXIT will deliver the final blow to the "failing" European Union concept and spur other EU member states to seek alternatives to the German-led institution, campaigner Hugo van Randwyck said.

Dec 30 10:44

End of Merkel? Allies could FORCE Chancellor out of her OWN party with reforms

The CDU is protesting against criticism by the FDP about the Chancellor and their demand for a complete staff renewal of the party.

The deputy CDU leader, Julia Klockner, has defended Chancellor Merkel saying that she can not be blamed for everything.

The German Chancellor failed to clinch a majority win in the elections in September and so she failed to form a coalition government, which has left Germany without a government for 13 weeks.

Dec 30 07:10

Germany has ordered Amazon to stop taking advantage of people who can’t spell “Birkenstock”

A German court has barred Amazon from drawing in online shoppers who misspell iconic German sandal maker Birkenstock in their Google searches, Reuters reports. Amazon reportedly won business for common Birkenstock misspellings by booking variants like “Brikenstock,” “Bierkenstock,” and “Birkenstok” in Google AdWords, so that they produced search results for shoes sold on Amazon.com.

Dec 29 07:52

Surveying the Ruins of Merkelism

The Merkel era has been characterized by a deep yearning for stability. Yet her tenure has led to Germany's current period of instability. It is time to move on from Merkelism.

Dec 29 07:44

'I Like Putin, I Would Have Voted for Him' - Ex-Deputy Head of German CSU

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Peter Gauweiler, the former deputy head of the Christian-Social Union of Germany, spoke about the prospects of a coalition government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chances of staying in power and Russia’s relations with the EU and Germany. He also called for an early end to anti-Russian sanctions.

Dec 29 07:43

'Colossus of Prora': Hitler's Dream Comes True During Merkel's Era

Germany' Nazis ordered the construction of a huge holiday sea complex with the capacity of hosting 20,000 people in the 1930s.

The project was built from 1936 to 1939 and was supposed to become a major destination for Germans to spend their vacations, but these aspirations failed to materialize as construction had to be stopped during WWII.

During the war, Prora's buildings were used by the DDR and USSR soldiers as barracks. After the withdrawal of the military forces, the buildings were mostly abandoned.

Dec 29 07:14

Cocaine Seizures in Germany Reach All-Time High in 2017

German customs and police have seized more cocaine this year than ever before. A similar trend can be observed all over the world, according to Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).

German customs officers confiscated seven times as much cocaine this year as in 2016, local public broadcaster ARD reported.

Dec 29 07:01

Shock poll: Blow for Merkel as hopes fade for new government before EASTER

ANGELA Mekel’s ability to form a new government has been dealt another blow as a poll indicated only a third of people think she can form an administration before Easter.

Dec 29 07:00

Merkel, Seehofer & Schulz named ‘worst German politicians’ of 2017 – poll

Germans have named their worst politicians of 2017. Angela Merkel, Horst Seehofer and Martin Schulz, who are struggling to form a ruling coalition, have scored the best of the worst, a new poll has found.

The results of the survey, conducted by the Kantar Emnid pollster on behalf of the Funke media group, was published by German media Thursday. Merkel, Seehofer and Schulz were named the three worst politicians of the year, spurred on by the inconclusive general election outcome in September which triggered a lengthy political crisis. All three 'losers' of the poll are, however, currently in negotiations to form a government. So far, all attempts to create a coalition have been in vain.

Dec 28 08:18

Far-right AfD says German churches politicized like 'in Nazi era'

Religious leaders have spoken out against the anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party - remarks the AfD sees as collusion with Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

"We now know that the official churches, whether Protestant or Catholic, are politicized through and through," Alice Weidel, party co-chair, told weekly news magazine Focus.

"The separation of church and state is no longer respected," said Weidel in a pre-released excerpt of an article to be published Saturday.

"With a few exceptions, large parts of the churches play exactly the same disreputable role that they played in the Third Reich," added Weidel, whose party regularly makes polemical remarks about Germany's Nazi past.

Protestant and Catholic institutions in Germany did not put up organized resistance to the 1933-45 National Socialist regime, although individual pastors and priests opposed the Nazi rise.

Dec 26 09:17

No Memorials Permitted for the Victims of the Berlin Christmas Market Truck Jihad

Police removed a memorial by the Identitarian Movement, Identitäre Bewegung, for the victims of the Berlin Christmas Market jihad attack, which killed 12 and wounded 70, a year ago this day. After the removal, unknown people improvised a second “illegal” memorial (last photo).

Dec 25 10:11

Angela Merkel facing New Year NIGHTMARE with ONE WEEK to form government

The German Chancellor has been desperately attempting to strike a deal with former European Parliament President Martin Schulz – who currently leads her biggest rival in the Bundestag, the Social Democratic party (SPD).

The grand coalition of Germany’s two biggest parties would save Ms Merkel from having to lead with a minority Government - a feat which has never been attempted in the history of the Bundestag.

However, while the SPD have opened up to talks with Mrs Merkel’s CDU on January 7, the two have given themselves the minute deadline of mid-January to broker a deal.

Dec 24 07:53

Tax the Rich: New Conditions Demanded for New German Government

Leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD) political opposition faction Andrea Nahles has called for a new tax on top income earners in Germany as a condition of her party’s engagement in and support of a German government coalition set to be assembled in early 2018.

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