Berlin correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Previously @WSJ reporter in New York.

German Parties Targeted in Cyberattack

wsj.com — BERLIN-Hackers sought to infiltrate the computer systems of several German political parties this summer, officials said Wednesday, raising fears of foreign interference in the country's politics ahead of national elections next year. A senior German counterespionage official informed two political parties and the lower house of parliament earlier this month that some of their email inboxes had been targeted by hackers with apparent...

Merkel concedes mistakes, but firm that Germany will keep admitting immigrants

marketwatch.com — BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to her party's latest electoral loss by sticking to her migration policy on Monday but acknowledging, more explicitly than before, that she had made mistakes along the way. Merkel described her center-right Christian Democratic Union's second-place performance in Sunday's election in the city-state of Berlin as a "very unsatisfactory, disappointing" result.

Merkel Says Germany Won’t Stop Accepting Refugees, Muslims

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Chancellor disappointed by her party's losses in Berlin state election BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was disappointed by her party's losses in the Berlin state election but the result wouldn't prompt her to block refugees from entering Germany.

German far-right party gains ground in elections, creeping up on Merkel’s CDU

marketwatch.com — BERLIN-The center-left Social Democrats won an election Sunday in the city-state of Berlin, in a vote that propelled an upstart anti-immigrant party in Germany into its 10th state legislature. The Social Democrats, led by Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, finished first with 21.6% of the vote, according to a projection based on exit polling and partial vote counts released by public broadcaster ARD.

German Center-Left Party Wins Berlin State Election

wsj.com — BERLIN-The center-left Social Democrats won an election Sunday in the city-state of Berlin, an exit poll showed, in a vote that propelled an upstart anti-immigrant party in Germany into its 10th state legislature. The Social Democrats, led by Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, finished first with 23% of the vote, according to an exit poll released by public broadcaster ARD.

Sticky Situation: Austria Can’t Seal Presidential Election Until It Fixes Envelope Flap

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Rerun is upended by a mysterious problem with the German glue on mail-in ballots; 'half of Europe is laughing at us' VIENNA-Austria's politics are coming unstuck. Or more precisely, unglued.

Defective Envelopes Delay Austrian Election Rerun

wsj.com — Three weeks before a scheduled presidential election that could crown postwar Austria's first right-wing populist head of state, the country's top elections official said the vote needed to be postponed. The culprit: defective glue that was causing some mail-in ballot envelopes to open, rendering the vote inside invalid.

Merkel Urges Politicians to Watch Their Language in Fight Against AfD

wsj.com — BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday urged fellow politicians to avoid escalating their rhetoric in combating the upstart Alternative for Germany. Speaking here to the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, Ms. Merkel said "scolding the voters achieves nothing" in her most extensive comments on the anti-immigrant, populist party since it defeated her conservative party in a state election at the weekend.

Canal Street Rezoning Push Seeks High-Rise Buildings

wsj.com — A group of real-estate developers have commissioned a study to rethink Canal Street as they ratchet up a controversial effort to allow for taller buildings along Chinatown's main thoroughfare. The developers say that Canal Street's role as a major transit hub and commercial center means they should be allowed to build high-rise offices and apartments in place of the low-slung buildings that occupy much of the street.

Germany’s Angela Merkel Stands by Refugee Policy After Election Loss

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Chancellor says government must 'win back trust,' show it is solving problems Germans face BERLIN-German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled no policy changes after an unprecedented defeat of her party in a state election on Sunday.
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Sep 21, 2016

Rus. Embassy: claims Russia behind German cyberattacks "stupidities born in the inflamed imagination of politicians”  http://www.wsj.com/articles/german-parties-targeted-in-cyberattack-1474470695 

Sep 21, 2016

Hackers attacked German political parties & Bundestag members in August, officials say; Russian group suspected  http://www.wsj.com/articles/german-parties-targeted-in-cyberattack-1474470695 

Sep 19, 2016

On refugees, Merkel admitted errors: “If I could, I would turn back time…to better prepare for the situation that met us rather unprepared.”

Sep 19, 2016

But, she adds, she's working to make sure that large-scale, chaotic arrival of refugees as in summer 2015 won't repeat

Sep 19, 2016

Merkel: Blocking refugees, Muslims would counter “ethical foundations of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany & my personal conviction”

Sep 19, 2016

Merkel: “I have the absolutely certain feeling that we will come out of this admittedly complicated phase better than we went into it.”


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