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Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Germany is calling the shots in Europe and Merkel isn’t sorry

Tightening foreign-investment rules, coordinating response to China & challenging Russia over poisoning of Alexei Navalny are telling examples of Germany's power.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

It’ll get worse before it gets better – Merkel warns of tough times as Covid crisis worsens

Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked Germans for their sacrifices but said more would be needed as all indications were that things will become more difficult.

How marathon, ‘cranky’ negotiations gave Europe its $860 billion Covid stimulus plan

The plan that Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron had come up with would mean a historic step forward for the European project if they could pull it off.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Quantum chemist Angela Merkel has finally become Europe’s leader

There's consensus in Berlin that Merkel's connection with European integration is cerebral, not emotional. Covid seems to have changed that.
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With Europe caught in crises, Merkel’s final act will also have to be her biggest

Merkel plays a key role in passing a EU-wide stimulus package that would see the bloc issue as much as 750 billion euros in joint debt to be used by pandemic-hit nations.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Angela Merkel doesn’t use war imagery for Covid. In fact, she hardly uses metaphors

Macron said his nation was at war with an invisible enemy. Trump says he is a ‘wartime president’. Johnson has spoken of the virus as an ‘enemy’. But not Germans.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

For Germany, reopening the economy is proving harder than shutting it down

Chancellor Merkel has been taking a cautious approach to relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, but small to medium businesses can't wait to reopen as tourist season approaches.
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Angela Merkel is in isolation to save herself. But pressure mounts on her to save Europe

History may judge Angela Merkel less on her custody of Europe’s powerhouse economy than on what she does to help its weakest members through Covid-19.
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Why Angela Merkel quarantining herself is a blow to Europe’s fight against coronavirus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be regularly tested in the coming days and perform her duties from home.
File image of PM Narendra Modi at the 150th anniversary of the Kolkata Port Trust | PTI

India’s namaste is ready to make a world comeback due to coronavirus

After Gandhi and yoga, namaste must become India’s next main export. In the age of pandemics and novel coronaviruses, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

On Camera

Women at the house of victim in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh| Manisha Mondal |ThePrint

Dalit women often face sexual violence because of, yes, their caste

You will never, ever hear of a Dalit man raping an upper-caste woman. That alone tells you of the power dynamic of caste-based sexual violence.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion in June quarter

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

The Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was test fired in Balasore on 30 September

India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

The test-firing of the missile, which has a range of around 400 km, was carried out by the DRDO off the coast of Balasore in Odisha.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.