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Europe’s week: Sarkozy guilty, German election and Polish 'pushbacks'
These were the key stories occupying minds in Brussels this last week.
Watch our special debate show on Germany's pivotal election
It features three MEPs and German climate activist Carla Reemtsma
Biden bids Merkel farewell in final official meet between the leaders
The US president said he would miss Angela Merkel at their summits, telling her: "I truly will."
Germany's Armin Laschet says EU should insist on rule of law
Armin Laschet will seek to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany in September.
Smear campaign or freak peak? How the German greens lost momentum
The Greens raced to a shock lead in the polls following their nomination of Annalena Baerbock for chancellor - but amid accusations of plagiarism, CV embellishment, and a coordinated advertising attack campaign, their lead has vanished.
17 EU leaders defend LGBT rights amid row over new Hungarian law
"We must continue fighting against discrimination towards the LGBT community, reaffirming our defence of their fundamental rights," the leaders say.
Greens pick Annalena Baerbock as their candidate to replace Merkel
The Greens — in opposition nationally but in 11 of the country's 16 state governments — could hold the key to forming the next government.
Germany commemorates 80,000 COVID-19 victims with national ceremony
Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a morning mass on Sunday morning before taking part in a televised ceremony.
Merkel calls for uniform set of COVID restrictions across Germany
"The situation is serious, very serious, and we need to take it seriously," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers. She is trying to pass a bill that would force regions to implement a uniform set of coronavirus restrictions.
Germany's COVID-19 cases top 3 million amid calls for tighter rules
The number of confirmed cases in Germany passed the three-million mark as federal and state politicians struggled to agree on tougher coronavirus rules.
Germany: Far-right AfD attempts to bridge rifts ahead of key election
The AfD is holding a two-day congress this weekend ahead of Germany's September federal election, which will mark the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel's era.
Ukraine: Merkel demands Russia withdraw troops near border
The deployment of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine has raised concerns that the conflict could escalate once more.
Chancellor Angela Merkel urges German states to issue tougher measures
Merkel criticised some of her country's regional states for not issuing tougher virus restrictions and says Germans need to be a little more flexible.
German election: Six months ahead of the vote, where do things stand?
Two key things make this election remarkable: Chancellor Angela Merkel is bowing out after 16 years in office and, perhaps even more significantly, the fact that no one can really predict what is going to happen now after years of certainty.
Angela Merkel did not "refuse" the AstraZeneca vaccine
Newspapers claimed the German Chancellor refused to have the vaccine. However, she wasn't offered it because she is above the age threshold.
Merkel says Germany past peak of second COVID wave
“I can see a light shining at the end of the tunnel,” Merkel said, but she also urged Germans to be patient and warned against "false hopes."
Germany mulls further COVID restrictions over new variant fears
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with regional leaders on Tuesday to discuss imposing stricter measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission.
Who’s hoping to be the CDU’s new leader and Germany’s next chancellor?
These are the men competing to be the CDU's next leader. They could also be Angela Merkel's successor. Here's what you need to know about each of the hopefuls.
Donald Trump's Twitter ban is 'problematic,' says Angela Merkel
Merkel's spokesman said social media platforms "bear great responsibility" for stopping disinformation and incitement of violence but that freedom of opinion was also of "elementary significance".
Belgium and Germany reach grim new milestones for COVID-19 deaths
Since the first COVID-19 related death was announced by China on January 11, 2020, the virus has claimed more than 1.9 million lives worldwide.
We should cherish Europe's democracy daily, says MEP after US violence
"The rule of law and democracy should not be taken as self-evident and easy but something that we have to cherish and respect every day," said Finnish MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.
German government backs bill requiring security pledge on 5G network
The move is seen as a means of addressing public concerns over potential security risks posed by vendors for big infrastructure projects.
The rule of law deal that saved Angela Merkel’s legacy ǀ View
In spite of her longstanding support for Viktor Orbán, German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have preserved her legacy after Poland and Hungary ended their blockade of the EU's historic budget.
Brexit: Johnson snubbed by Merkel and Macron after requesting calls
Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have until Sunday to reach a deal after Brexit trade deal talks stalled.
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Europe's week: Brexit talks stuck as EU budget finally moves forward
It wasn't all doom and gloom this week for EU negotiations.
'A defining moment': Germany marks 30th anniversary of reunification
East Germany joined the western federal republic on October 3, 1990, following the collapse of the Soviet regime less than a year before.