Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz is the most frequently mentioned candidate on Twitter, followed by AfD’s top candidate Alice Weidel, a social media analysis found. Chancellor Angela Merkel comes in a distant fourth.
Prime Minister Theresa May proposed a two-year transition period after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, during which London would pay its €20 billion debt to the EU and retain access to the single market.
Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán, a staunch critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel, told national media he “prays” for her to win Germany’s federal election on Sunday.
Environment and Housing Minister Barbara Hendricks called for a new rental cap after a Berlin court ruled the current law is unconstitutional. She said 40 percent of households living in rented accommodation spend at least one-third of their income on rent.
Berlin will cap export credit guarantees for German companies doing business in Turkey to €1.5 billion in 2017, a move that exposes firms to higher risk, amid political tensions between the two countries.
The Bundesrat, the German equivalent of the US Senate, elected Berlin Mayor Michael Müller as its new speaker. He will succeed Rhineland-Palatinate state premier Malu Dreyer for a one-year term on November 1.
A niqab-wearing woman suspected of assaulting the owner of an Arab lingerie shop in Berlin last month was arrested. The Polish-German suspect told police the erotic shop window offended her religious views.
Denmark contemplates introducing a highway toll in 2020, charging foreign motorists up to €130 euros a year. The scheme is based on Germany’s controversial road tax project.
Authorities in Dortmund evacuated 800 residents of a high-rise building to fireproof it after finding that similar cladding was used as on London’s Grenfell Tower. Around 80 people died when fire devastated the British complex in June.
Parliament’s legal department cast doubts on the lawfulness of Chancellor Merkel’s 2015 open-door policy, arguing the Bundestag should probably have voted on allowing refugees into the country. (Die Welt)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Angela Merkel for refraining from criticizing Turkey. The German chancellor “pursues meaningful politics” and the current tensions between both countries would ease, he said. (Reuters)
Germany’s public debt fell by €60 billion to €1.98 trillion in the first half of 2017, a 2.9-percent decrease from the same time last year, the Federal Statistical Office said.
Opponents of renaming a street after former chancellor Helmut Kohl in his native Frankenthal have submitted a petition with 1,000 signatures to the city. They say the renaming would be too costly to local business people. (dpa)