Person of the Day
Bavarian premier and CSU leader Horst Seehofer (pictured earlier this month at Oktoberfest) stirred a post-election media frenzy after a report he would let the party vote on whether to continue to cooperate with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU. If the CSU left it would throw a wrench in her governing numbers but a CSU spokesman later clarified Mr. Seehofer was only looking to re-establish support for their alliance. Source:
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As Air Berlin get ready to carve up assets, the insolvent company's 8,600-some employees fear losing their jobs. Pilots and flight attendants have demonstrated outside the venue where investors announced winning bidders on Monday and also at a campaign rally by Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, calling for a smooth landing. Source:
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The country is wringing its metaphorical hands over the entry of the right-wing anti-immigrant AfD party into the Bundestag for the first time. Analyses suggests that the party scored highest – above 25 percent in some areas – among men and women in former eastern Germany, where unemployment is higher, economic development is slower and many grew up in the socially homogeneous GDR.
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Woo Me, Merkel
It seems FDP leader Christian Lindner's countless campaign selfies have paid off – his pro-business party is re-entering the Bundestag and being courted by Chancelor Angela Merkel's CDU for a coalition. Mr. Lindner is playing hard to get though, saying euro-zone fiscal policy, energy policy and Germany's bulky trade surplus would need to be addressed. "If it's not possible, our place will be to present arguments from the opposition," he told reporters.