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    • Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      In 2018, Germany spent a record €23bn on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday. That marks an increase of nearly 11% on the €20.8bn that Germany spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed.

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    • Germany's Merkel welcomes EU unity over Iran

      Germany's Merkel welcomes EU unity over Iran

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe needs to "reposition" itself in a changing world and praised EU powers' unity over Iran, a contrast with their deep divisions over the Iraq war 16 years ago. In an interview with Germany's daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung published Wednesday, the chancellor insisted that Europe needs "forward-looking" arguments and reasoned that "simply pointing to seven decades of peace is no longer enough to justify Europe."

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    • US to impose Nord Stream 2 sanctions

      US to impose Nord Stream 2 sanctions

      The US is reportedly preparing to impose sanctions on all EU firms that co-finance Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany and companies involved in laying the pipes in the Baltic Sea. According to WSJ, which first reported the news, the financial penalties would follow an amendment to existing measures against Russia, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

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    • Germany to shutter all of its 84 coal-fired plants

      Germany to shutter all of its 84 coal-fired plants

      In what is seen as a pioneering move, Germany would shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over a 19-year span in an effort to combat climate change. The commitment was announced by a 28-member government commission, representing mining regions, utility companies, scientists and environmentalists, with chairman Ronald Pofalla noting that it marked an "historic accomplishment." 

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    • France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      The leaders of France and Germany signed a new treaty on 22 January to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation accord, aiming to reinvigorate the EU’s main axis and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism among some other members. At a warm ceremony in the German border city of Aachen, a historical symbol of European concord, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to show they are ready to give fresh leadership to the troubled EU project.

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    • Security staff strike blocks German airports

      Security staff strike blocks German airports

      Flights across Germany faced huge delays on Tuesday as security staff at airports conducted an 18-hour strike over pay. Officials at largest airport Frankfurt International have cancelled 570 of a planned 1,200 arrivals and departures. The airports in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Hannover, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle, Dortmund and Erfurt were also affected

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