Germany

    • Merkel's conservatives lose support, polls show

      Merkel's conservatives lose support, polls show

      Support fell for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives over the past week, but rose slightly for their Social Democrat coalition partners after the ruling alliance agreed a $60bn climate package, which includes a new domestic carbon pricing scheme, bigger incentives for buying electric cars, higher road tolls for trucks from 2023, and surcharges on domestic flights.

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    • Global regulators to question Libra, as EU concerns rise

      Global regulators to question Libra, as EU concerns rise

      Global regulators will question Facebook on Monday about its Libra cryptocurrency, amid concerns from European Union governments over the threat the digital currency poses to financial stability, news wires reported, citing the Financial Times. Officials from 26 central banks, including the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, will meet with representatives of Libra in Basel on Monday. Libra’s founders have also been invited to answer key questions about the currency’s scope and design, FT said.

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    • Germany ready to take in 25% of migrants rescued at sea

      Germany ready to take in 25% of migrants rescued at sea

      Germany is ready to take in a quarter of migrants who reach Italy by sea, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in remarks published on Friday, ahead of EU talks on immigration later this month. EU interior ministers will meet in Malta on 23 September in a new attempt to find a temporary solution on sharing out the care for migrants who reach the bloc’s shores.

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    • Germany to ban single-use plastic bags

      Germany to ban single-use plastic bags

      German authorities have drafted a bill to fully ban single-use plastic bags from next year, news wires reported. Under the law, supermarkets and other retailers will be barred from offering lightweight plastic carrier bags at their checkouts, including those now marketed as being biodegradable or being made from renewable sources instead of petroleum.

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    • 80th anniversary of the World War II commemorated

      80th anniversary of the World War II commemorated

      Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history. The ceremonies began early morning in the small town of Wielun, site of one of the first bombings of the war on 1 September 1939, with speeches by Steinmeier and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

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    • Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      The demands from Poland and Greece for reparations for damages from the Second World War meet in Germany to broad refusal, dpa reported. According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 68% of the citizens support the position of the Federal Government that the topic is politically and legally closed. Only 7% are in favour of negotiations with the two countries. 11% believe that an international court should decide on new compensation payments.

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