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An estimated 25,000 people took to Munich’s rainy streets on Sunday to protest the politics of Bavaria’s governing party, the Christian Social Union, or CSU. The head of the party, Horst Seehofer, who is also Germany’s interior minister, has recently been so provocative on the subject of immigration that he endangered Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. The demonstration, named “Enough Harassment: United against the Politics of Fear,” protested the right-wing positions taken by Mr. Seehofer and Bavaria’s state premier, Markus Söder, also a CSU member. The signs at the protest proved that, contrary to popular opinion, Bavarians are open-minded and they do have a sense of humor. Source:
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New rulers of the world
For years, the so-called G7 group has ruled the world — or at least, the seven largest advanced economies in the world have made most of the money. But these days, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US are having to get in line behind the so-called E7. The “emerging 7” include the rapidly growing economies of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia and Turkey and they are catching up fast. By 2050, economists predict that the E7 will be responsible for $139.8 billion, or around half of the world’s gross domestic income. The G7 will only be making about $63.3 billion by then.
Brexiteer of the day
Threats and promises
The UK’s new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was in Berlin today at the beginning of a diplomatic tour of the continent, to meet his German counterpart, Heiko Maas. At a press conference after the meeting, Mr. Hunt again suggested that Europeans show “more flexibility and creativity” over Brexit. If negotiations failed and there was a “no-deal Brexit,” British attitudes towards Europe would be poisoned for decades and it would cause economic hardship, he added. Mr. Maas said Germany would also prefer a deal. But as Alexander Clarkson, a lecturer in German and European Studies at King’s College, London, put it in one succinct tweet: “The extent to which [the] UK debate overestimates how much people in EU27 states care what the Brits think is a real problem.” Source:
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The low point of summer
During the 2010 World Cup, Germany’s young soccer team was seen as an example of the “new Germany:" Multi-cultural, talented, dynamic and determined, as one writer put it back then. But that was then and this — star playmaker Mesut Özil resigning from the national squad, citing racism and harassment after the team’s early elimination from the 2018 World Cup — is now. It’s a sign of the times, wrote daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, what with over-heated arguments about immigration and the rise of right-wing populist parties in the country. This, and not the German team’s disqualification, is the low point of summer, the newspaper says, because it can only result in negativity, whichever side you’re on.