Environment Minister Svenja Schulze will convene a meeting with representatives of energy-intensive business sectors in early July to discuss a new plan for curbing CO2 emissions. Germany has admitted it will miss its CO2 goals for 2020.
Hans-Eckhard Sommer, an official from Bavaria’s interior ministry, will reportedly take over as head of Germany’s refugee agency BAMF. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer fired BAMF’s current head Jutta Cordt on Friday over an ongoing asylum scandal.
Bavaria’s CSU is likely to give Angela Merkel more time to reach a European solution to the refugee crisis, the CSU’s deputy party head said, temporarily setting aside a crisis that had threatened to topple the German chancellor.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer reportedly told CSU party officials that “I can no longer work with that woman” in reference to Angela Merkel, as a standoff over asylum policy continued. (Welt am Sonntag)
If elections were held today, Germany’s “grand coalition” would fail to get a majority. Christian Democrats would win 30 percent and the Social Democrats 16 percent, according to a Forsa poll.
Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly admitted for the first time that Germany is unlikely to meet its NATO commitment to raise annual defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2025, hitting 1.5% in 2024 instead.
German political parties will get an additional €25 million per year in campaign financing, bringing the total to €190 million. The funding was approved by the governing coalition over objections from opposition parties, which are considering a court challenge.
Police conducted raids of numerous apartments in a Cologne housing complex where a Tunisian man was arrested Thursday for producing ricin. Authorities suspect the poison was “very likely” being produced for a planned terrorist attack.
The German parliament has passed legislation that will once again allow asylum seekers to apply for their families to come to Germany, though the total number of permits granted will be capped at 1,000 per month.
A tweet, posted under a fake account by satirical news site Titanic, duped numerous media into reporting that Germany’s conservative coalition had been dissolved. The DAX even plunged 0.4% before the news bulletins were corrected.
Though inequality is lower, Germany struggles more with social mobility than other developed countries like the United States, according to the OECD. Just 9% of children from low-income families will earn a high salary, compared to 50% of children from wealthy families.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, seen as a potential successor to Angela Merkel, has lobbied CDU party members to back the embattled chancellor’s refugee policy amid a serious standoff within the conservative movement. (Bild Zeitung)
Representatives of EU countries have unanimously approved the European Commission’s list of US imports worth €2.8 billion for retaliatory tariffs. The commission could sign off on it next week.
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