Who Will Replace Angela Merkel as German Conservatives’ Leader?

The three leading candidates for leader of the Christian Democratic Union — Friedrich Merz, second from left, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, center, and Jens Spahn, right — made the rounds at regional conferences in Germany.CreditCreditDavid Hecker/EPA, via Shutterstock BERLIN — After 18 years under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, delegates of Germany’s conservative party, the Christian […]

Iceland in Uproar Over Secret Recording of Politicians’ Sexist Remarks

Former Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson of Iceland apologized after he and other politicians were secretly recorded using sexist, crude language about female colleagues.CreditCreditHalldor Kolbeins Many Icelanders are calling for the resignations of a group of politicians who were secretly recorded in a bar using sexist and obscene language about female colleagues, including making disparaging […]

‘Already an Exception’: Merkel’s Legacy Is Shaped by Migration and Austerity

For 13 years, Angela Merkel has been chancellor of Germany and leader of Europe, steering her country and continent through successive crises.CreditCreditMarkus Schreiber/Associated Press CHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of […]

Putin Vows to ‘React Accordingly’ if U.S. Withdraws From Nuclear Treaty

A day after Washington gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to comply with a weapons pact, President Vladimir V. Putin said that Russia would “react accordingly” to new American missiles.CreditCreditMarcos Brindicci/Reuters MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia will respond in kind if the United States decides to develop new intermediate-range nuclear […]

Some Words Defy Translation. Angela Merkel Showed Why.

There was a storm, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, but the type surprised some listeners.CreditCreditTimm Schamberger/EPA, via Shutterstock BERLIN — Some words can’t be translated easily. But they can cross national borders, lose their original context along the journey, assume different meanings and crop up in unlikely places. This week, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany proved […]