Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Merkel's Bittersweet Election Victory

The German right wing party AfD has been voted into parliament with the third largest share in votes. Many say their surge is due to Angela Merkel's controversial refugee policies, but is it that simple? PBS NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports.

Monday, September 25, 2017

German Economist Says EU Isn't Concerned with Maintaining Access to UK Market

A Chief Economist at Berenberg tells Sky's Ian King that "narrow economic interests" such as Germany's pursuit of tariff-free access to UK trade after Brexit will in no way shape Brexit negotiations - it follows Angela Merkel's re-election as German Chancellor. Senior International Economist at Barclays, Tomasz Wieladek says Merkel's new government is unlikely to change its stance on Brexit negotiations after the election.

Inside Story - The Resurgence of the Right in Germany

She was expected to win, and she did. But Angela Merkel's re-election victory in Germany on Sunday is bittersweet. The Chancellor's Christian Democratic Union won 34 percent of seats in the parliament or Bundestag - that's enough to be the biggest party, but not for a majority government. She'll start talks to build a coalition. At the same time, Merkel's contending with a surge of support for the AfD - the nationalists won the largest far-right representation in parliament since Hitler's Nazis in the 1940s.

For the first time in decades, a right wing party that's opposed her every move has a seat at the political table. Merkel says her party has a clear mandate. How will she govern this time?

Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam | Guests: Dietrich Von Kyaw - Former German Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the EU; Thorsten Benner - Director of Global Public Policy Institute; Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian - Contributing Writer, Foreign Policy

North Korea's Foreign Minister Says Trump ‘Declared War’

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on North Korea, in reference to Trump's tweet about Kim Jong-un "not being around for much longer". He also said that under the UN charter, Pyongyang has the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers, even if they are not in its airspace. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from New York.

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