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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

Wikipedia's Frank-Walter Steinmeier; 2022 Kyiv visit says: In April 2022, Steinmeier abandoned plans to visit Kyiv after admitting he would not be welcome in Ukraine in what was seen as a serious ...
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Germany putting industries or facilities "under state management" if they don't cooperate; provisions for it in the constitution? Precedent?

Fox News' April 28, 2022 Germany drops opposition to Russia oil embargo: report includes the following: The reversal from Germany – which had been one of the main opponents of the EU severing its oil ...
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Guardrails against the German president from "going rogue"; violating norms and guidelines and unilaterally making/blocking foreign policy decisions?

I first saw the following line in Politico's April 13, 2022 Zelenskyy’s Steinmeier snub triggers backlash in Germany referring to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz: ...
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How did consumer gas prices change in Latvia relative to Germany, following the substantial reduction of Russian imports in Latvia 2015-2021?

The 3 Baltic countries have announced that they apparently import zero Russian gas now. More interestingly, this was a gradual reduction, e.g. In 2015, nearly 100 per cent of Lithuania's gas supplies ...
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What are the benefits for strong economies like Germany and France for being members of the European Union?

Recently I was reading things on the European debt crisis. It seems to me that when there is a financial crisis, strong economies in EU, like Germany and France, are supposed to help the countries in ...
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How does Germany plan to implement transfer to 100% renewable sources?

Germany has recently announced that it intends to move its energy production to 100% renewable sources by 2035 (as reported e.g. by Reuters). This seems to include phasing out both power plants ...
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To what does US Army Lt. General H. R. McMaster refer saying that Germany's Social Democratic Party has a 'deep and unnatural affinity' for Russia?

CNN's March 3, 2022 video H.R. McMaster on how NATO is holding up against Vladimir Putin's stress test includes the following statements by United States Army lieutenant general, Senior Fellow at the ...
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Is there anything special that makes Germany have such stability for its head of government? [duplicate]

The following image shows the quite extraordinary political German stability in the government, namely how much a head of government can survive: Wikipedia shows a somewhat similar situation in the ...
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Why has SPD voted against the gender self-determination law in 2021?

The German party SPD voted against this law in 2021 with an overwhelming majority. I assume there must have been a reason being inline with their then-attitude? Currently they have undergone an ...
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Did any significant source assume a connection with Russia over Germany's anti-nuclear energy frenzy?

From the perspective of early 2022 it's clear that the anti-nuclear energy frenzy have strengthened the Germany-Russia interdependence that effectively disarms the biggest pressure instrument towards ...
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What are the consequences for the German politicians who plagiarized in their PhDs thesis?

Romania has yet another high-level plagiarism scandal, namely the Prime Minister who seemed to have plagiarized about 1/3 of this Ph.D. thesis. Based on the context, this typically leads to ...
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Apart from RT DE, are any other German language state-funded broadcasters active in Germany?

Germany has banned RT DE (the German language edition of the international Russian state-funded broadcaster formerly knows as Russia Today). The official reason is that RT has no permit (and has not ...
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Why does Germany ban RT but not France24 or Voice of America?

Germany has banned RT, apparently because it is considered to be not independent of the Russian government (Die Medienkommission sieht die Staatsferne nicht gewährleistet), which funds it directly. ...
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Now that entering the Bundestag is limited to vaccinated parliamentarians, (how) can unvaccinated ones still participate?

Starting Wednesday 12 January 2022 (i.e. today), the Bundestag (federal parliament of Germany) can only be accessed by people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (more precisely: either two doses of ...
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Do coalition partners in German parliament always sit next to each other?

The political parties in German parliament sit in a half circle, traditionally arranged from left wing to right conservative. It is not always clear which party is left or right of which others so the ...
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How are the chairpeople of the Bundestag's standing committees distributed?

Yesterday, the AfD candidate for chairperson of the interior standing committee of the German Bundestag was almost unanimously rejected with only one non-AfD member voting in favour (link in German; ...
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Germany: how [un]common is it for chancellor candidates to not be leader of their own party?

Apparently Olaf Scholz is/was not the leader of the SPD, despite being the SPD's chancellor candidate. In 2019, Scholz wanted to become SPD chairman. However, in a membership vote, he lost out to ...
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Why did Germany hurry to phase out nuclear energy usage increasing the risk of fossil power use and Russian gas dependency?

This article mentions the difficulties posed by Germany's decision to phase out nuclear energy usage: Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power means that it must replace the energy source with ...
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How does the Polish court's rejection of EU law supremacy differ from Germany's seemingly similar action?

I'm not sure if this a 100% correct summary of what happened in Germany last year, but: While the German Federal Constitutional Court has long reserved the power to reject EU actions that manifestly ...
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Has Olaf Scholz made any comments about the proposed Covid-19 vaccines TRIPS waiver?

There have been calls for him to personally take a stance on the matter of the proposed TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 vaccines patents. The calls were in fact addressed to a few other potential future ...
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What is the benefit of the two-step negotiation process to form a coalition government in Germany?

After an election in Germany, the process of forming a government typically goes as follows: Parties enter an initial round of talks, termed Sondierungsgespräche (exploratory talk) in German After ...
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How does Germany regularly elect judges onto Federal Constitutional Court despite needing two-thirds majority vote?

In Germany, the judges on Federal Constitutional Court are elected by the federal parliament with two-thirds majority vote. Throughout its history, the parliament was able to elect new judges without ...
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Why does Germany's traffic light coalition seem more likely than ever before?

Even though the parties of the Germany's grand coalition - CDU/CSU and SPD regained majority support in this year's election, according to the commentators, the traffic light coalition has the ...
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Why isn't the CDU / FDP / AFD a viable coalition government in Germany (2021)?

Why aren't these parties considered a possibility to form a coalition government after the 2021 elections? They all represent the right-wing in Germany, and they have enough seats for a majority if ...
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How do the Ausgleichsmandate in Germany's Bundestag election work?

I'm aware of How does the German Bundestag election system work? but it seems rather broad and none of the answers go into detail about the Ausgleichsmandate (or leveling seats as Wikipedia translates ...
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How high is the EU-ETS cap for Germany in 2021?

I'm not sure if I got the EU-ETS system for trading emission rights right. I think there is a limited amount of certificates issues by each country each year. The amount that is allowed to be issued ...
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Why are German local authorities taxing DoD employees, despite the protests of the US and of the German federal government?

There's a pretty long military.com (Stars and Stripes) article on the matter of taxes on some DoD employees in Germany: The U.S. contends the situation amounts to a treaty violation, but so far ...
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What are some of the biggest differences between Germany's SPD and The Greens?

At glance, the SPD and green party in Germany seem to pursue agendas too similar for me to see the difference. What are some of the most prominent ones?
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How does German law define "human dignity" in concrete terms?

The German Basic Law (i.e. de facto Constitution) begins with the bold statement in Article 1, (1): Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state ...
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Is there any list of US actions taken in efforts to stop Nord Stream 2?

Long story short, it was announced at the beginning of June that Nord Stream 2 is ready to start pumping gas. The US has tried to stop its construction since 2017. Is there a list of the US laws/...
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Why did the West reject Stalin's proposal for reunification of Germany in 1952? [closed]

As mentioned here, in 1952 Stalin proposed a reunification of Germany and free elections there, in exchange for Germany not being part of NATO.
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Were there any intra-EU concerns expressed that Germany was practicing dumping prices on aluminium sheets?

Reuters reports on the new anti-dumping duties imposed by the Biden administration on aluminium sheets (worldwide): The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday issued final anti-dumping duties on common ...
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What is this flag with a red 6-pointed star in a red crescent on white ground?

I'm watching a documentary about the right-wing rise in Germany Here they are speaking about a bar called ''Die Patriotische Bar'' and they happend to have some flags on the ceiling. I couldn't ...
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Why didn't Nazis have their own constitution?

Nazis didn't write a constitution and adopted The Weimar Constitution that was in force since 1919. The Enabling Act of 1933 was the only implemented reform to this constitution. Given that Nazis were ...
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Were there any elements of socialism in Nazism? [duplicate]

I know that the Nazis hated communism but it is a bit ironic that they themselves had the word socialism in their party's name (National Socialist German Workers' Party. Nationalsozialistische ...
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In parliamentary systems, why are Speakers of Parliament often granted special independence, despite no such protection is required in Constitution?

In parliamentary systems, the Speaker (once elected by the Parliament) usually cannot be removed by a decision of Parliament, which grants them special independence to act impartially. However, most ...
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What is the significance of flying the BRD flag in post-unification Germany?

On a number of occasions, such as at football matches and political demonstrations, I have seen citizens of the post-unification Germany flying what I thought was the historical flag of the BRD (the ...
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Why don't most elected officials assume office right after the election result is confirmed?

In most countries, there is usually a gap between election day and the time when the elected official assumes office. Example: In the United States, the President is elected in November but does not ...
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What is the perception of European parties in the US?

I wonder whether the average American has an idea of how the Republican and Democratic party are ordered on the political spectrum in comparison to other major parties in the West. Take e.g. Germany. ...
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How does 9/11 compare with the fire in the Reichstag, Berlin – in terms of consequences? [closed]

Is there a similarity between 9/11 and the USA PATRIOT act and the Reichstag Fire in 1933, after Hitler used democracy to seize absolute power (although 67% didn't vote for him)? After 9/11 the ...
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Does Germany's Union have a significant Eurosceptic faction?

Do the CDU and CSU have a significant Eurosceptic faction (either hard or soft) which is represented at either grassroots or parliamentary level? Or is support for the European project so deeply ...
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What are the implications of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with respect to the proliferation and use of banned chemical weapons?

On November 28th 2019, as a consequence of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) updated its Chemical Weapons ...
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Why is the international community concerned about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny? [closed]

Angela Merkel recently condemned the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: "It is shocking information about the attempted murder by poison of one of Russia's leading ...
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What does the flag of Imperial Germany symbolize today?

German extremist right-wing protesters are often seen carrying the black-white-red flags of the Deutsches Kaiserreich (Imperial Germany). Vizekanzler Scholz sagte: "Es kann nicht hingenommen ...
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Why has Germany not seen as many Islamist terror attacks as France, Italy or the UK?

The German intelligence agencies often complain, that they are ill-equipped to deal with terror attacks efficiently because they lack the legal authority to use certain surveillance methods. For ...
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Is any part of Germany not part of any German State (Land)

In the United States of America, Washington DC is not part of any state. In Australia, there are three mainland territories which are not part of any state (although apparently two essentially ...
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Why does Germany have such a rather small defense budget?

This article deals with Germany’s Armed Forces status in the context of Trump's decision to reduce US troops stationed in Germany. Besides the main topic, the article also mentions that Germany spends ...
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What are the concrete demands of Germans who want to "put an end to" (Schlussstrich ziehen) nazi commemorations?

The head of the German nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) has demanded einen Schlussstrich unter Deutschlands Nazi-Vergangenheit, which in English translates more or less as to put an ...
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Did Poland ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1939?

It is not widely known now, but before 1939, Poland and Nazi Germany were neighbours with very good relations: Czechoslovakia was occupied by both Nazi Germany and Poland. Poland was the first ...
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Why are US nukes still stationed in Germany for use by German pilots and not French ones?

So, recently Germany somewhat controversially ordered 45 F-18 fighter jets, supposedly for replacement of the old Tornado fighter jets to still have jets capable of delivering US nuclear bombs, given ...
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