Monday, 27 Sep 2021

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Opinion | It Could Have Been a Fresh Start. But Germany Is Stuck.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 16 years in charge of Germany are coming to a close. Just not quite yet. On Sunday, voters cast their ballots — and the results were profoundly equivocal. No party took more than 26 percent of the vote, the gap between the two biggest parties was minimal and no one made a […]

Your Monday Briefing

A narrow result in the German election Germans have voted for change: The Social Democratic Party has beaten Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union by a slim margin of 1.6 percentage points, for a total of 25.7 percent of the vote. The close outcome means the Social Democrats must team up with other parties to form […]

The Australian submarine surprise

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia. SYDNEY – Whisperings started emerging from Canberra on the evening of Sept 15 that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had begun briefing senior political figures, including the leader of the opposition, about a looming announcement that involved the […]

Opinion | Will Lawmakers Finally Act Against Big Tech?

Kids and whistle-blowers. This is the heart of the recent Wall Street Journal series of investigations about how Facebook runs its business. And it’s why the articles landed with such force. Jeff Horwitz, one of the Journal reporters who penned the devastating “Facebook Files” series, and Cecilia Kang, who with fellow Times reporter Sheera Frenkel […]

Opinion | Ron DeSantis Was a Slam Dunk. Until He Wasn’t.

Among the possible contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination not named Donald Trump, one governor has captured more than his share of attention: Ron DeSantis of Florida. But to even get to the 2024 starting line, Mr. DeSantis will first have to make it through re-election in Florida — and the treacherous politics of […]

Your Friday Briefing

U.S. recommendations on booster shots A U.S. government advisory panel has recommended booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for adults over 65, for people ages 18 to 64 with underlying conditions and for residents of long-term-care homes, but it declined to endorse additional doses for workers who might have higher exposure on the job. […]

The inter-war years and 'that fella Down Under'

Shortly after Russian-backed rebels downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July 2014, Australia, which lost 27 of its nationals in that crash, hosted the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane. Then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed to “shirt-front” Mr Vladimir Putin about the downed plane while his diplomats secretly wished the Russian […]

Opinion | No Wonder the French Are Angry

PARIS — Make no mistake. This is a crisis, not a spat. The new partnership announced last week between the United States, Britain and Australia, in which Australia would be endowed with nuclear-powered submarines, has left the French angry and in shock. And not just because of the loss of their own deal, signed in […]

Opinion | The Roots of French Pique

It’s hardly surprising that France would be furious over losing a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Australia, all the more so because it believes it was blindsided as Canberra, Washington and London secretly worked to get a different deal for themselves. But recalling ambassadors, as France did from Washington and Canberra, a step just short of […]

Opinion | I Ran the C.D.C. Here’s How to Prove That Americans Are Vaccinated.

This month, President Biden announced a comprehensive plan to reinvigorate America’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A big part of this plan hinges on mandating the vaccination of millions of federal workers. Employees of companies with more than 100 staff members will have to provide proof of vaccination or test negative for the coronavirus at […]