US presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled his immigration platform Sunday, saying all undocument immigrants must be deported and called for an end to birthright citizenship in the United States. "We have to come up with a whole new set of standards," Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" television program. "Either we have a country or we don't have a country." Trump's mother and two of his three spouses were immigrants, and his paternal grandparents were from Germany. The billionaire reality TV star has called for building a wall along the US-Mexico border, though not along the US-Canada border, which is longer. Many commentators have called this discriminatory. Hispanics, many of whom have Mexican roots, make up 16 percent of the US population and are a criticial vote for any presidential hopeful. Nevertheless, Trump has been relentless in carving out an anti-immigrant platform, describing many Mexicans as "rapists" and "criminals." Though such statements have garnered … [Read more...] about US presidential candidate Donald Trump doubles down on immigration
Germany's three government coalition partners failed to come up with a nominee for the largely ceremonial post of the German President after a long meeting. Chancellery Angela Merkel's CDU and her sister party, the CSU, alongside their coalition partner SPD decided to postpone the talks until next week - three months before the Federal Assembly is due to convene to elect the new president. The AFP news agency reported that representatives returning from the meeting said they had not managed to reach an agreement and that "talks would continue." SPD-leader Sigmar Gabriel was meanwhile quoted as saying that he would "continue to not rule out the possibility of still reaching an agreement." Incumbent president Joachim Gauck announced earlier this year that he would not seek a second term in office on account of old age. Conflicting agendas Merkel is up against considerable opposition from her grand coalition partner, the SPD, which would like to nominate a candidate from within its own … [Read more...] about No agreement on leading candidate for German presidency
The promise to do something about the high unemployment rate is part of every election campaign in France. Many politicians have already failed, most recently the current president Francois Hollande. He said in 2012 that he wanted to be measured against unemployment and promised around one million new jobs. But nothing has changed - still more than 3.5 million are out of work. A decade ago, Germany had a higher unemployment rate than France. The quota has steady fallen since then and now stands at 4.1 percent, according to standard EU calculations. In France, that figure stands at 10.1 percent. Presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marie Le Pen want to change that. Macron wants to make work more affordable for companies, through tax reductions, and partly through lower social contributions. Le Pen, by comparison, wants to restrict international competition and bolster French companies. High unemployment is connected to high costs. Almost a third of France's overall economic … [Read more...] about France’s candidates and their economic policies
Donald Trump promised to undo the Iran nuclear deal hammered out by the Obama administration and its international partners with Tehran. He promised to take the United States out of the Paris climate agreement signed earlier this year after years of international negotiations. He promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health care reform, better known as "Obamacare." He vowed to undo numerous trade agreements negotiated by previous US administrations with various nations and replace them with better deals. These are just four out of the range of existing agreements and laws Donald Trump promised to repeal upon becoming president. And with both chambers of Congress in Republican hands, what could hold a President Trump back from making good on these promises which played a key role in his change-driven campaign agenda? But in Washington's political reality, the business of enacting - or repealing - legislation is often a little more complicated than … [Read more...] about Will a President Trump fulfill the promises made by candidate Trump?
Presidential candidates in the Philippines officially hit the campaign trail on Tuesday, February 9, rallying their supporters in different parts of the country. Over the next 90 days, some of them will prioritize giving speeches in schools and universities, while others say they will use all forms of mass and social media to reach more voters. But the May 9 general election will not only decide who will become the archipelago's next president and vice president; on that day, some 55 million eligible voters across the Southeast Asian nation are also expected to elect their representatives for executive and legislative branches in all levels of government, including 12 senators, one district representative, one party list representative, and provincial, city and municipal officials. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) plans to hold three presidential debates in the coming months - in Mindanao on February 21, in the Visayas on March 20, and in Luzon on April 24. A vice-presidential … [Read more...] about Who are the Philippines’ top presidential candidates?
"I don't think we can maintain a military deployment in Afghanistan over the long term," Christian Lindner, the chairman of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP), said in an interview with DW editor-in-chief Ines Pohl and reporter Jaafar Abdul-Karim. The laissez-faire liberal party's top candidate in the September 24 Bundestag elections justified his stance by asserting that the goals already set have not been achieved. Perhaps the goal of making Afghanistan a market-based democracy in the planned time frame may have been too ambitious, he said. Led by the United States, the international military mission has run for nearly 16 years now. On Monday, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would send more troops to Afghanistan. "I do not believe such a deployment would be opportune for the Bundeswehr," Lindner told DW. The 38-year-old Lindner did not mince words on other controversial matters. "All economic cooperation between Germany and Turkey should be … [Read more...] about Christian Lindner, FDP’s top candidate, sets out vision for German economy, refugee policy
US President Donald Trump has called loudly and long for NATO members to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their GDP by 2024. If Social Democratic chairman and candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz wins power in Germany's national election in September, Trump won't get anywhere near that much. "I'm not of the opinion that NATO has agreed to achieve this 2 percent goal in defense spending," Schulz told members of the foreign press in Berlin. "Twenty billion euros ($21 billion) or more in additional defense expenditures would certainly not be a goal my government would pursue." At their 2014 summit in Wales, NATO members set 2 percent as a "guideline." Trump's White House treats this as a commitment, but the SPD led by Schulz say it's no such thing. "If I interpret it correctly, all that was agreed was that we'd try to approach it," Schulz said. "It doesn't seem to me to be the highest priority to spend 20 billion euros more just to have a … [Read more...] about Germany won’t spend 2 percent on defense, says SPD candidate
French judges have formally charged Les Republicains presidential candidate Francois Fillon for embezzling public funds in an ongoing investigation into accusations that he paid his wife for government work she did not do. If Fillon continues his campaign for the Elysee, he will be the first major candidate on a French ballot with a pending trial. It's unlikely Fillon will see trial before the two-round presidential elections that will name the next president on May 7. If elected, the French constitution would grant Fillon immunity since it does not allow the president to face trial while in office. Prosecutors would suspend the case until the end of his five-year mandate. However, his wife Penelope Fillon, whom Fillon allegedly employed in the fake job at the center of the scandal, would not have the same protection. She goes before judges later this month and could face charges of hiding embezzled money. But polls and analysts suggest Fillon won't even make it past the first round of … [Read more...] about French presidential candidate Fillon battles on despite formal corruption charges
The party announced on Saturday evening that it had suspended Afzal Amin, its candidate in the parliamentary district of Dudley North, after video footage came to light, in which he appears to be attempting to orchestrate an elaborate plot involving members of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) . "Following an emergency meeting it has been decided to suspend him as a candidate with immediate effect," a spokesman for the party told Britain's Press Association. "The Conservative Party views this as a matter of extremely serious concern," the spokesman added. Amin, who used his Twitter account to deny the allegations against him, is to get a chance to explain his actions at a party disciplinary hearing, expected to be held on Tuesday. In the video footage published on the website of the Mail on Sunday, Amin appears to try to convince EDL chairman Steve Eddowes to announce a protest march against a new mosque in Dudley North. Then he appears to outline a plan to cast himself … [Read more...] about UK Conservatives suspend candidate over alleged far-right plot
Speaking at a campaign event on Wednesday, Clinton said she had hoped the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have "enforceable provisions" related to currency manipulation. "I give President Obama and his team a great deal of credit for taking on this complicated negotiation. At the end of the day I do not believe it does meet my criteria," said Clinton. The partnership, a proposed trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries, has been under discussion for the last five years. An agreement was reached on October 5 to lower trade tariffs, establish a common framework for intellectual property, enforce standards for labor law and environmental law and set up an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. It is separate from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a series of trade negotiations being carried out between the European Union and the US. On Tuesday, the first Democratic debate for the 2016 presidential election was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The CNN … [Read more...] about US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks out against Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal