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Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz on stage at the Digital Summit 2023 in November.

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Wie sagt man: Not cheap as chips?

Deutschland had a dream of boosting its semiconductor production and promised rich subsidies to chipmakers. But now, amid budget woes, that support is in doubt.
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How will Henry Kissinger be remembered in Europe?
How will Henry Kissinger be remembered in Europe? | Europe In: 60

How will Henry Kissinger be remembered in Europe?

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics from Stockholm.

How will Henry Kissinger be remembered in Europe?

There's always an amount of controversy around the person who's been around in politics in powerful positions for such a long time as he was. But primarily, I think he would be remembered as a great European. He was an American, no doubt. But he came out of the tragedy of Europe and he was deep concerned with all of the lessons that could be learned from the failure to preserve peace in Europe time after time. His first academic and his first book was about the Congress of Vienna. And then book after book after book, that was really around the same theme, how to preserve peace also in the age of nuclear weapons. And that, of course, from the European point of view, is not an insubstantial issue.

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UN workers arrive to distribute aid to Palestinians, who have fled their homes due to Israeli strikes, in Khan Younis in southern Gaza on October 23, 2023.

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Germany thinks the UN should govern Gaza when the war ends

One of the most important, unresolved questions surrounding the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is who will govern Gaza once the fighting finally stops.

Germany has proposed that the UN take control in the coastal enclave when the war ends, according to a document reviewed by Politico. The two-page proposal from Germany, dated Oct. 21, said this should occur in concert with “a carefully organized transition” toward Palestinian self-rule via elections with an international coalition providing security.

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Tens of thousands of Israel supporters march on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023.

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Hard Numbers: March shows solidarity for Israel, US Army overturns convictions of Black soldiers, US inflation cools, EU falls short on artillery shells for Ukraine, House passes funding bill

100,000: Tens of thousands flocked to the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Tuesday to show their solidarity with the Jewish state amid its push to eradicate Hamas in Gaza following the Oct. 7 terror attacks. Several Jewish groups helped organize the event to demand the release of Israeli hostages and to push back against a rising tide of antisemitism. Organizers anticipated a crowd of 100,000 demonstrators, but some estimates suggested the turnout may have been nearly triple that.

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Hundreds of Muslim activists gather to protest in solidarity in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 20, 2023

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Hard Numbers: Malaysia backs Hamas, Democrats win key races, fighting in Ethiopia's Amhara region, South Africa’s highway terror, Europe invests in space

77 billion: Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim jeopardized his country’s $77 billion trade relationship with the United States this week by coming out hard in support of Hamas, with which Malaysia has long maintained ties. Anwar, who compared the group to Nelson Mandela, could run afoul of the Hamas International Financing Prevention Act and invite US sanctions on his country — but the rise of the Islamist PAS party and the fragility of his multi-ethnic coalition are pushing him to appeal to such sentiment despite his reputation as a liberal reformer.

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A ballot box is emptied and the counting of ballots begins. In Bavaria, the election for the 19th Bavarian state parliament took place on Sunday.

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What We're Watching: Three votes that matter

In other world news, we’re tracking the implications of three important votes.
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A Ukrainian soldier carries artillery shells to fire in the direction of Bakhmut as the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Donetsk Oblast.

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Can Ukraine get needed weapons without McCarthy?

Kevin McCarthy being ousted as House speaker means Ukrainian troops may not get the gear they need when they need it.

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Jörg Prophet, AfD candidate for mayor in Nordhausen, stands in the city center.

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Hard Numbers: German far right comes up short, Ukraine dreams of drones, a space rock arrives on earth, world trade slows

54.9%: In an upset, Jörg Prophet, of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, lost a promising bid for mayor of Nordhausen the office on Sunday, as incumbent Kai Buchmann kept his job, winning 54.9% of the vote. The AfD has been polling at 21.5% nationwide, but has even more support in Thuringia, which is where Nordhausen is located.

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