4 September 2016   Leave a comment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party came in third in the state election in her home district of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.  The Social Democrat Party came in first but, surprisingly, the anti-immigrant, anti-EU Alternative for Germany (AfD) came in second.  The results show a serious weakening of Merkel’s hold on the German polity and suggest that the EU’s strongest member may reduce its commitment to the Union.

Image result for map Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced in a speech on Sunday that the Kurds will never be allowed to establish a separate state in northern Syria.  The announcement was made as Turkish forces continue to push out the forces of Daesh (the Islamic State) with the invaluable help of Kurdish forces.  The Kurds clearly expect to be rewarded for their help in defeating Daesh, but it is hard to see how an accommodation between Turkey and the Kurds can be forged.

 

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Posted September 5, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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