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‘It’s been an honour,’ says Merkel as German CDU picks new leader

By Paul Carrel and Madeline Chambers HAMBURG (Reuters) – Angela Merkel bowed out as leader of her Christian Democrats on Friday with an emotional speech to her conservative party as it met to pick her successor who will move into pole position to become Germany’s next chancellor. The frontrunners are Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a Merkel protege seen as the continuity candidate, ...

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Yellow vests: France protests ‘created a monster’, says minister

Mr Castaner told reporters that the past three weeks of demonstrations had “created a monster that escaped from its creators.” He said authorities would respond with “firmness”. He went on: “I will have no tolerance of those who capitalise on the distress of our citizens.” An official with the interior ministry told AFP news agency authorities were braced for “significant ...

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Italy’s economy minister denies resignation

ROME, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Italy’s Economy Minister Giovanni Tria denied he would resign on Friday, according to a spokeswoman, after newspapers reported he was on the verge of quitting amidst talks with Brussels over next year’s budget. Speculation over Tria’s possible departure has been rampant since the government presented its economic forecasts that provide the basis for next year’s…

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Israel’s Netanyahu hails UN Hamas vote despite defeat

The US draft won 87 votes in the General Assembly on Thursday compared to 58 against but fell short of a required two-thirds majority. Thirty-two countries abstained. “The draft condemnation of Hamas in the UN General Assembly received a sweeping majority by countries that stood against Hamas,” Netanyahu said in an English-language statement. “This is the first…

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