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Merkel Party OKs New German Government, Despite Concerns | TIME.com

Merkel Party OKs New German Government, Despite Concerns | TIME.com | Russia and Germany-Andrea Smith | Scoop.it
(BERLIN) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party on Monday backed a deal to form a new German government with its center-left rivals, putting aside concerns over concessions that include a national minimum wage and a move to make it easier...
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p- Merkel says Germany and its people will be doing better by 2017

e- no tax increases 

e- set first nation wide minimum wage

e- changed pension system

ntk- what are the principles of this "new government"

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Pope Francis Suspends 'Bishop of Bling' - YouTube

Pope Francis today suspended the free spending German Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst -- known derisively as Bishop Deluxe or the Bishop of Bling -- and ...
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c- German Bishop was punished for extreme spending (built 43 million dollar home)

c- Bishop is being compared to Pope who is very down to earth (old car, simple house, helps the poor)

c- going on 1st class flights 

c- accused of authoritarian leadership style

c- citizens very upset with Bishop

c- many think Bishop will never return to practice

 
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Ukraine's second Orange Revolution; Freedom-seekers are resisting Moscow's meddling once again

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p- Ukrainian President pressured to sign deal to join European Union

 

p- If Ukrain agreed, Russia would bring  back a great Russian Empire

 

e- Ukrain would gain more freedom in trade

 

c- many students protested in Kiev; protest shut down by raid police 

 

c- pictures of students being beaten by police on television

 

p- Russia offered many bribes to Ukrain, loans and natural gas

 

e- Ukrain had to take money from Russia or else President would be poisoned

 

p- Putin considers Ukrain "Little Russia" and wants country to "join" Russia

 

ntk- Any progress in this process

-Ukrain President backed away from deal

 

 

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The Blind Girl vs. Putin: A Plea for Russia’s Handicapped Orphans | TIME.com

The Blind Girl vs. Putin: A Plea for Russia’s Handicapped Orphans | TIME.com | Russia and Germany-Andrea Smith | Scoop.it
Apart from healthy orphans, Moscow’s new law prohibits children who need medical help unavailable in Russia from being adopted by Americans
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c- illegal for U.S families to adopt Russian orphans

c- has harsh impact on those with medical necesities

c/p- people trying to appeal this law

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Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance

Merkel calls Obama to complain about surveillance | Russia and Germany-Andrea Smith | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel has called President Barack Obama after receiving information that U.S. intelligence may have targeted her mobile phone.
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p- Germany was told that U.S. might have been "eavesdropping" on chancellor's phone

p- German gov. skeptical of spying since June

p- Chancellor says this shouldn't be happening between close allies

ntk- How do American and German citizens feel about this?

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Pope Francis Temporarily Suspends German 'Luxury' Bishop - YouTube

Pope Francis Temporarily Suspends German 'Luxury' Bishop, Pope Francis Temporarily Suspends German 'Luxury' Bishop Pope Francis Temporarily Suspends German '...
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c- German Bishop suspended for costly residence

c- went over budget by 6x

c- "luxurious" living frowned upon by residents

c- many people upset by Bishop's actions

c- over 300 people have left church

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Putin orders Arctic military boost

Putin orders Arctic military boost | Russia and Germany-Andrea Smith | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells his military leadership they should build up their forces in the Arctic as a priority.
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e- valuable resources

p- support military; more air bases

ntk- when?

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