4th Dec 2023


Last German polls confirm Merkel's lead

Two days ahead of German federal elections on Sunday, Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU party is credited with 36% of voting intentions, well ahead of Martin Schulz's SPD (21.5%). The far-right AfD party follows with 11%, ahead of the liberal FDP (10%). This would leave only two possible coalitions: CDU/CSU with SPD, or a so-called Jamaica coalition between the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper explains.

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Why EU's €18m for Israel undermines peace

The optics of a nine-fold increase of annual funding for Israel, in the middle of its devastating military campaign in Gaza, stands in contrast with the attempted suspension, delaying and constraining of EU development aid for the Palestinians.

Brussels denies having no 'concern' on Spain's amnesty law

The Spanish government remains secretive about its negotiations with pro-independence Catalans, but claims the EU Commission has "zero concerns" about their proposed amnesty law for Catalan separatists. The EU executive denies that.


Dubai's COP28 — a view from the ground

Discussion of the biggest existential threat humanity has ever faced is barely mentioned on billboards or signage in Dubai — yet visitors are made aware quite quickly that t world rugby sevens tournament is imminent.

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