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As the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's center-right Union bloc, winning party's Olaf Scholz & Armin Laschet from losing camp laid claim to leading the next govt.
What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.
Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.
The development came months after Modi’s ratings took a hit amid the massive second Covid-19 wave across the country.
Announcement posters of Imran Khan’s phone calls with different world leaders, on the Afghan-Taliban issue, have led to a meme fest in Pakistan.
Challenge for Armin Laschet, who takes over as head of Merkel's party, will be to offer continuity while carving his own path with an eye on the September elections.
Laschet beat long-time Merkel critic Friedrich Merz to become the leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
The German leader’s stance was echoed by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who said that the state and not 'the digital oligarchy' is responsible for regulations.
In a video-conference held Wednesday, Modi assured the German Chancellor of India's commitment to deploy its capacities for the benefit of the world.
The tighter restrictions – including a ban on gatherings over the New Year – will last until 10 January after a less stringent lockdown failed to halt a surge in Covid infections and deaths.