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Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Christian Democratic Union (Cdu)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling party suffered a defeat in a key state election Sunday, showing dwindling support for the conservative leader at home amid political and economic upheaval across Europe.
German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the introduction of an across-the-board minimum wage was only a matter of time in Europe's top economy, in an interview to be published Monday.
After only five months in Berlin, the U.S. ambassador to Germany was "astonished" at the depth of "paranoia" among German politicians over suspected U.S. foreign policies, even conservative allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel.