Germany faces snap election as Merkel fails to form a new government
2017-11-20 09:41:11 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would meet the German president to inform him that she had failed to form a coalition government with the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).
Germany's FDP Calls of Preliminary Coalition talks
2017-11-20 00:33:49 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) unexpectedly walked out of the talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens, saying that the three parties could not find compromises on key issues like immigrat...
Lebanon's Hariri Arrives In Paris as Macron Plays Mediator
2017-11-19 19:03:36 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week.
Hariri’s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into p...
Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina dead
2017-11-17 09:05:49 UTC
MILAN (Reuters) - Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the most powerful and feared Sicilian Mafia boss of the 20th century, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter century in jail, Italy’s Justice Ministry said.
Riina, who turned 87 o...
Germany Replaces US as Country with Best International Image
2017-11-17 03:56:39 UTC
Germany has replaced the US as the country with the best "brand image," according to a new study of 50 countries released Thursday.
The Nation Brands Index survey, carried out by German-based market research firm GfK and the British political c...
Germany for the removal of all US nuclear warheads stationed on its soil
2017-11-16 06:24:19 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Greens want the next coalition government to push for the removal of all nuclear warheads stationed in Germany, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.
The United States is believed to have 20 nuclear warheads at a mi...
Strong German Growth Data Lifts Euro
2017-11-14 22:08:49 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The euro was set for its strongest session in more than four months on Tuesday, boosted by strong economic growth in Germany, but world stocks fell for the fourth straight day as oil prices fell and investors worried about U.S...
Germany intends to set up a mandatory registry of lobbyists
2017-11-14 21:57:06 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - German parties exploring a coalition government agreed on Tuesday to set up a mandatory registry of lobbyists and may require private firms to disclose breaches of cyber defenses, according to a draft paper on security seen by R...
BREXIT: UK will not say how much it owes the EU
2017-11-12 16:50:04 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not offer a figure or a formula for how much it believes it owes the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Sunday, after the EU demanded that London spell out its approach to the final bill to unblock ...
Germany’s Strong Economic Growth Creates Tax Surplus of 30 Billion Euros
2017-11-09 23:36:47 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s new tax estimates show the next federal government will have around 30 billion euros available for tax cuts and additional spending over the next four years, Finance Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday.
German 'Wolfskinder': the Forgotten Orphans of World War Two
2017-11-03 06:17:09 UTC
They were barefoot and they had lice. It must have been April 1946, but after so many decades, Erika Smetonus isn't entirely sure about the dates.
Her mother hadn't survived the war, her father was missing. Smetonus was completely alone when t...
Spain Issued a European Arrest Warrant for Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont and 4 Members of his Sacked Cabinet
2017-11-02 18:52:51 UTC
MADRID/ BARCELONA/ BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Thursday issued a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his sacked cabinet, now in Belgium, after they failed to appear at a High Court he...
Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont Refuses to Return to Spain
2017-11-02 06:36:44 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday he would ignore a court order to return to Spain to answer charges over the region’s push for independence, but he could testify from Belgium.
If Puigdemont fails t...
The Link Between Martin Luther King Jr. and German Reformer
2017-11-01 11:00:35 UTC
<blockquote>When Martin Luther King Jr. brought his civil rights campaign to Chicago, then the US's second largest city, in the summer of 1966, he took a page out of his German namesake's book and attached his demands for fair and open housing to ...
Brussels: Puigdemont seeks guarantees for return to Spain, but agrees to snap election
2017-10-31 19:55:57 UTC
BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont agreed on Tuesday to a snap election called by Spain’s central government when it took control of the region to stop it breaking away, but he said the fight for independence w...
Iceland Leftwingers Hope to Oust Conservative PM
2017-10-29 07:45:27 UTC
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Icelanders, angry over a string of political scandals, ousted the center-right government in an election that could pave the way for a young charismatic opposition leader to form a left-leaning coalition, vote counts indicate...
Spain Dissolves Catalan Parliament and Sacks its Government
2017-10-27 21:47:01 UTC
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the region declared itself an independent nation in Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy ...
Catalan Parliament Declares Independence From Spain
2017-10-27 21:48:53 UTC
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in defiance of the Madrid government, which at the same time was preparing to impose direct rule over the region.
Although the declaration was in eff...
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont rules out snap election
2017-10-26 16:56:04 UTC
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday ruled out holding a snap regional election to break the deadlock between the central government and separatists seeking a split from Spain, sharpening the political crisis.
Catalonia Crisis: Puigdemont Unlikely to Formally Declare Independence
2017-10-25 15:21:08 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is likely to go to Madrid on Thursday to explain his position on independence from Spain and try to stop the national government imposing direct control on the region.
The timing of...
UN Praise Germany for its Welcoming Policy Toward Refugees
2017-10-23 07:39:33 UTC
BERLIN — While praising Germany's openness toward refugees, the UN refugee agency's Germany branch has urged the newly elected members of the Bundestag to provide the right to family reunions after March of next year to asylum seekers who only hav...
FACT CHECK: Spain’s 40 Year Democracy and Control of Catalonia
2017-10-25 15:38:04 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - How will Spain's central government take control of Catalonia?
The Spanish government will dismiss Catalonia’s secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it s...
Barcelona: Fury at Spanish plan to sack Catalan government
2017-10-27 14:50:26 UTC
href="http://www.global-gathering.com/news/18061">BREAKING NEWS:</strong><blockquote><h2>Catalonia declares independence from Spain, direct Madrid rule looms</h2></a><hr>
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s parliament declared ...
Reality TV star, Ksenia Sobchak, is ready to take on Putin
2017-10-18 17:45:31 UTC
Journalist and former reality TV star Ksenia Sobchak is ready to take on President Vladimir Putin in Russia's upcoming election. But is she the face of the opposition or a Kremlin-approved critic?
Ksenia Sobchak smiles at readers from the cover...
Germany: 88-Year-Old Woman Jailed for Denying Holocaust
2017-10-17 03:54:22 UTC
GERMANY, BERLIN — A Berlin court has sentenced serial Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck to six months in jail for denying the Nazis' extermination of Jews.
The 88-year-old Ursula Haverbeck, who has several previous convictions all related to Ho...