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Ukraine president holds two mitts full of Russian passports and military IDs dropped by soldiers

MUNICH — Ukraine’s president pushed Saturday for a quick cease-fire in his country’s troubled east, insisting that the conflict must be resolved and not “frozen,” and pressed Kyiv’s case to be supplied with defensive weapons. 999 more words

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At least one German policymaker is talking sense: its Joschka Fischer (surprise!)

In college, one of mine (and Mattis’) favorite politicians was Joschka Fischer, a leader in the German Green Party and former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor. 970 more words

Economics

Paris rallies in ‘solidarity’ after horrific Charlie Hebdo shooting


A sophisticated, calculated attack carried out by masked gunmen who tried to silence the voice of a satirical French magazine instead prompted thousands to take to the streets of Paris Wednesday night with a message of their own: “Not Afraid.” 7 more words

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Germany: Red-red-green government in Thuringia

Germany: Red-red-green government in Thuringia.

By Victor Grossman

December 7, 2014 — MRZine, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Political parties in Germany are represented by colours: the Christian-Democrats (CDU), due to clerical ties, are black, the Greens of course are green, the Social Democrats (SPD) are traditionally red.

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Bodo Ramelow's government in Thuringia: A step in to the unknown for Germany?

Bodo Ramelow took over the regional government in Thuringia. As he is a politicoan form teh post-communist the Left Party how significant or insignificant is this for the future of German politics, and why? 1,335 more words

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The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel

A summer afternoon at the Reichstag. Soft Berlin light filters down through the great glass dome, past tourists ascending the spiral ramp, and into the main hall of parliament. 141 more words

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