German position in EU at stake over coalition crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on February 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

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German position in EU at stake over coalition crisis
German coalition talks appeared to have broken a serious impasse on Tuesday. This came after a compromise deal was announced over new rules for admitting the relatives of war refugees into the country. Under the deal, Germany’s would-be coalition parties agreed to extend a moratorium on refugee family reunification, which went into effect in 2016, until August this year. Accordingly, the country will take in only 1,000 family members of refugees per month as well as an undefined number of the so-called hardship cases after August.

Why Barzani is trying to improve his distorted image?
Former Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani has recently said he had no regrets about the independence referendum held in September last year. With an eye to the long struggle of the Kurdish people and of his own personal struggle, Barzani also suggested, what happened is just temporary. “We have a belief that our people will pass this situation quickly,” he told the BBC in an interview. Some believe Barzani’s comment is meant to save his face after what many viewed as a debacle for the Kurdistan Regional Government. But what has provoked the veteran Kurdish leader to do so?

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