Morning Briefing Global Edition

CSI: Frankfurt

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Bafin's top execs are taking on tasks you might not expect to see in their job description.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    My Handelsblatt Morning Briefing Global Edition gives you an overview of the most important news from Germany and Europe – in a concise, two-minute read.

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    • Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants flesh out Germany’s armed forces with 14,300 more soldiers and 4,400 civilian workers by 2023.
    • Bafin, Germany’s official financial regulatory body, employs some 2,500 people and is headquartered in Bonn and Frankfurt.
    • Members of Angela Merkel’s conservatives meet today to discuss how to iron out a concept by this summer on how to lessen the burden on the aviation sector.
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Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. Almost 71 years after the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city, it’s a powerful gesture. On the last stint of his tenure, Obama has turned his attention from party politics and fundraisers to writing the last lines of his page in the history books.


You can’t say the same for some German politicians. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer, who chairs her Bavarian ally, aren’t going to be exchanging friendship bracelets any time soon. After months of bickering over refugee policy, federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière agreed with the Bavarians to extend border controls.

But that isn’t enough for Seehofer; he wants Merkel to wave a white flag. In an interview with Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung he said the pact “legally sealed the end of welcome culture,” another slap at Merkel. With party friends like that, who needs the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe AfD party?


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