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German SPD closing on Merkel's conservatives, AfD at lowest since Nov 2015 – poll

BERLIN: Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, a weekly poll showed on Wednesday, less than six months before a federal election in Europe’s biggest economy. The Forsa poll for Stern magazine and RTL television showed support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party (CSU) stable… Read More »

German parliament suffers internet outage but no signs of attack

BERLIN: The German parliament, which was attacked by hackers in 2015, suffered an internet outage for several hours on Wednesday but there were no indications it was triggered by a cyber attack, a spokesman for the Bundestag said. “At the moment there are no indications of a hack attack,” said spokesman Ernst Hebeker. He said… Read More »

In German schools, steep learning curve for refugees and teachers

HOCHHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: For 15-year-old Mustafa, the trickiest part about learning German is knowing when to use the articles der, die or das. “And the umlaut,” his classmate Majd reminds him, sending both Syrian teens groaning in mock frustration at the vowel alteration, one of the quirks of German grammar. But they’re not really… Read More »

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold

ERBIL, Iraq: Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday. Major Rene Braun leads a group of 40 German soldiers who are training Kurdish peshmerga forces… Read More »

German minister sees aid for families as key 2017 election issue

BERLIN: Germany’s Social Democrats say they will make aid for families a central issue in next year’s election if Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives block their proposals for higher children’s allowances and subsidies for working parents. Family minister Manuela Schwesig, a Social Democrat, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper she was continuing to push for 1… Read More »