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After meeting in the chancellery: no agreement on the fiscal pact in sight

After unsuccessful talks in the Chancellery on the ratification of the fiscal pact, an agreement between the government and the opposition is apparently again a long way off. The government is facing tough demands on two fronts. The opposition continues to demand a binding timetable for the introduction of a financial transaction tax. And the federal states insist that they be relieved of social spending.

A conversation between the parliamentary group leaders and the minister of the Chancellery, Ronald Pofalla, neither brought an agreement nor did consultations by Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble. The government and opposition then blamed each other for the standstill.

Further meetings required

"The behavior of the SPD and the Greens shows that they apparently no longer want an agreement this week," said CDU budget politician Norbert Barthle after the talks with Pofalla. "An agreement will probably no longer be possible at the top meeting with the Chancellor on Wednesday, but probably only next week at further meetings."


After meeting in the chancellery: no agreement in the dispute over the fiscal pact

At a meeting of the working groups of the coalition and opposition in the Chancellery on the financial transaction tax and the European fiscal pact, there was no agreement in the evening. There had been "no final, tangible result", said CDU budget politician Norbert Barthle after the negotiators had talked about two hours.

There are still "some points of dissent" and the opposition has also introduced new points. With a view to the peak meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Barthle said that he did not expect an agreement to be reached there.

The FDP financial expert Volker Wissing affirmed that the coalition is in agreement with the opposition for financial market taxation. Attempts are now being made to reach a consensus on Wednesday. However, he admitted: "It is clear that the negotiations are not easy." The representatives of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party also said after the meeting that they did not believe that a final agreement would be reached on Wednesday.


After mass protests: kyrgyzstan repeats parliamentary elections

Mass protests, hundreds of injuries, resignation of the president – the controversial result of the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan has led to chaos in the former Soviet republic. Elections should now take place again in two months.

After the bloody mass protests in Kyrgyzstan, the parliamentary elections will be repeated. The election commission set December 20 as the new date, as the authority announced in the capital, Bishkek. The presidential election is expected to take place in January.

Falsification allegations after the first election

Initial results of the parliamentary election on October 4th had indicated a majority for parties with ties to the ruling elite. Many opposition parties, on the other hand, missed their entry into parliament. The opposition spoke of buying votes and other irregularities.


After lot has been canceled: how will condor continue?

After the withdrawal of Polish LOT from a Condor takeover, talks between the ailing airline and the federal government continue. Time is of the essence: the company has to repay a KfW aid loan by Friday.

By Michael Immel, ARD aviation expert

The vacation airline Condor needs a second rescue in the coming days. For the 5000 employees, a perspective now needs to be found quickly after the Polish airline LOT canceled the planned takeover.


After lobby affair: "give amthor a second chance"

After the political shitstorm in the lobbyism affair, Philipp Amthor is now getting encouragement from within his own ranks. The acting CDU chief of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania spoke out in favor of giving him a second chance.

The CDU politician Philipp Amthor, who has come under heavy criticism for lobbying allegations, receives support from party colleagues. The parliamentary manager of the Union faction, Michael Grosse-Bromer, praised Amthor for dealing with the lobby allegations. "Philipp Amthor made a political mistake," said Grosse-Bromer of the "Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung". "He saw that himself and apologized very quickly for this political mistake. I thought that was right and appropriate."

How Amthor’s behavior is to be judged legally is a matter for the Bundestag administration, added Grosse-Bromer. "We should wait for this evaluation first." In principle, secondary activities of MPs are "nothing reprehensible". However, it must be made transparent "for whom I work and that there may be dependencies".


After libor scandal: brussels wants to end interest rate manipulation

After the latest scandals, the EU Commission wants to control the so-called reference interest rates more strictly. So far, the banks have set the Libor and Euribor themselves. In the future, however, these interest rates should be based on objectively comprehensible trading data – and no longer on estimates by traders.

Financial transactions worth several hundred trillion dollars are based on the Libor alone. Every day the banks report the interest rates at which they lend each other money – indices such as the Libor and the Euribor are then determined from this information. Ultimately, almost all interest rates are based on the reference interest rate – including the interest that small savers collect for their daily money or home builders pay for their mortgage loan.

Diluted draft

The draft law that EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier presented in Brussels, however, is not quite as strict as originally planned. Contrary to earlier considerations, the new European stock exchange regulator Esma will not become the central supervisory authority. Rather, it is planned that Esma will exchange information with the national supervisors – in Germany that would be BaFin.


After landing on the moon: china succeeds in docking maneuvers

China’s spaceship "Chang’e 5" has cleared a decisive hurdle on its way back to Earth: An unmanned docking maneuver was achieved for the first time at a distance of 380,000 kilometers. Researchers are now eagerly awaiting rock samples from the moon.

After its unmanned moon landing, China succeeded in the first robot-controlled docking maneuver of a spaceship in orbit around the earth’s satellite. The ascent stage of the spaceship "Chang’e 5" named after the Chinese moon goddess successfully docked with the orbiter on Sunday morning, as the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Around two kilograms of lunar rock, which are to be returned to earth, were then safely stowed in the return capsule. Then the module came off again.


After knife attack in nice: search for accomplices

French counterterrorism units have established further details on the suspect in the attack in Nice. Another man is said to have been arrested. The Tunisian government is also initiating investigations.

After the knife attack in Nice, the anti-terrorist investigators focus their investigations on the suspect’s environment. You are trying to clarify whether he may have been supported by accomplices.

Since the suspect is from Tunisia, according to the documents he was carrying, the Tunisian prosecutor Mohsen Dali announced that an investigation would be started on suspicion that “a Tunisian had committed an act of terrorism outside the country”.


After kemmerich’s election: the pressure on the fdp is increasing

After the controversial election of the FDP politician Kemmerich as Prime Minister in Thuringia, the CDU leadership is pushing for new elections. The FDP is struggling to take a clear position. Your party leader Lindner is coming under increasing pressure.

The reaction of the federal CDU is clear. Following the controversial election of FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich, the party’s presidium unanimously recommended new elections in Thuringia. CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that the committee had followed her line. "No CDU ministers in a ‘Kemmerich cabinet’, no cooperation with the AfD. It would be best if the voters in Thuringia should have another election."

Previously, the parliament in Erfurt had caused a historic turning point: for the first time, a prime minister came into office with the help of the AfD. Kemmerich prevailed against the previous incumbent Bodo Ramelow from the Left Party. State party leader of the AfD in Thuringia is the founder of the right-wing national "wing" of the AfD, Bjorn Hocke. The group is classified by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a suspected case in the area of ​​right-wing extremism.


After kalbitz expulsion: hocke announces resistance

After the Brandenburg AfD boss Kalbitz was kicked out, the party faces an open power struggle. Thuringia’s AfD boss Hocke announced that he would fight against the “split” in the party.

After Andreas Kalbitz, head of Brandenburg’s state, was kicked out of the AfD, a massive conflict is developing between the right-wing national wing of the party and the supporters of federal chairman Jorg Meuthen. "I will not allow the division and destruction of our party – and I know that our members and our voters see it just as much as I do," said Bjorn Hocke, the Thuringian state and parliamentary leader, in a video on Facebook.

How exactly Hocke, who next to Kalbitz is considered to be the most important representative of the right wing wing, wants to take action against the decision of the federal executive board is still unclear. Anyone who invokes arguments from "party opponents" in an internal party conflict is "betraying the party," he said. He accused party leader Meuthen and the deputy party chairman Beatrix von Storch of wanting to change the AfD so that it would no longer be a real alternative to the established parties.