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Latest update : 2013-12-19

Merkel re-elected: Germany's plan for Europe (part 2)

Call it an unwritten rite of passage. No sooner has a new leader in Paris or Berlin been sworn in than they cross the Rhine for dinner and a date. Wedged between her swearing-in and Thursday's EU summit in Brussels, Angela Merkel is in Paris. She was re-elected with 42% of the vote; impressive, but short of an outright majority. She’s now in a grand coalition with the Social Democrat opposition. What can France's Socialist president hope for from Merkel’s term, and what’s in store for Europe?

Produced and prepared by Anelise Borges, Haxie Meyers-Belkin and Cristopher Davis

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Joachim BITTERLICH

Former German ambassador to NATO

Matthias FEKL

Socialist member of French Parliament

Jean-Paul BETBEZE

Founder, Betbeze advisors group

Laurent PINSOLLE

Spokesperson, "Debout la République" (neo-Gaullist party)

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2017-07-25 Emmanuel Macron

The Macron Touch: Can the new French President be Libya's Peacemaker?

And it's been seen as a major diplomatic win for the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Hosting a meeting in Paris between Libya's two main rival leaders, he is seeking to be a...

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2017-07-24 Israel

Jerusalem Crisis: Who will play the peacemaker?

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians over Jerusalem's holiest site, Haram al-Sharif or the Temple Mount, has surged in recent days after Israel installed metal detectors at...

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2017-07-20 Europe

Polish democracy under threat? EU warns Warsaw over judicial independence

Alarm bells are ringing across Europe as the balance of power changes in Poland. The lower house of parliament has passed a bill allowing the dismissal of Supreme Court justices,...

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2017-07-19 Americas

'Let it fail': Trump's hands-off approach to governing

Six months into his presidency, there's no denying Donald Trump has brought a very different way of governing to the White House. Like his reality TV shows, it's a drama that...

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2017-07-18 Asia-pacific

Tightening the screws: The two faces of Xi Jinping's China

He's already China's most powerful president in decades, so why does Xi Jinping seem to be tightening his grip even further? The strict measures include the treatment of Nobel...

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