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    Chancellor Meyer announces troops deployed in Dromund Kaas to return home

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    After more than two years stationed in our eastern neighbour, the 150.000 Reichswehr troops deployed in Dromund Kaas will be shipped back home. They return with their mission unconcluded: restore stability to the wartorn country in the area immediately close to the Grossdeutscher border. A mission which will be left to civilian contractors and troops from other occupying countries to do. Sources from the Reich Chancellery say it is because of ongoing budget cuts. However, the official explanation is that the military operations in Dromund Kaas are not of the Reich's concern and therefore they have to be suspended. As the Chancellor's spokesman pointed out in a recent press conference, "the operations in Dromund Kaas have been an impasse since none of the original objectives have been able to be completed". "We cannot continue with an operation the previous administration left us to deal with if there is no way to reach any of its original objectives" the Chancellor was quoted.

    Nothing has been decided on the future of the troops currently deployed in Dromund Kaas. According to the Federal Ministry of Defence, most of them will be put at the reserve while some of them have the option to be used as refresh forces for troops currently stationed in Neo-Venetia with GRFOR Neo-Venetia. The future of GRFOR Dromund Kaas does however give a glimpse on the possible future of the operations in Neo-Venetia as similar cuts may probably be taking place in that theater of operations as well.


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    Robert Mainzer detained on suspected bribe affair

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Yesterday at late night former chancellor and leader of the liberal Free Democratic Party, Robert Mainzer, was detained by polizei agents at his Berlin residence accused of accepting $30 million bribes in 2009 when he was occupying the Office of Chancellor. According to the office of the Anticorruption prosecutor, Mainzer and other members of his cabinet personally benefited from huge sums of money allegedly "donated" by the Soviet government with the objective of bribing the Grossdeutscher government into accepting Aeroflot's achieving a stock property majority in the Grossdeutscher national airline Lufthansa. This bribes were received during late April and early May of 2009, at around the same dates Aeroflot was acquiring E.On's stocks in Lufthansa which were equal to the 16% of the total stock division of the company. With that acquisition, Aeroflot became the airline's de facto owner, having control over 50% of Lufthansa's stocks. This bribes also came at the same time as the Soviet Union began its offensive against Regenschirm Corporation, which caused the so-called 'black tuesday' when stocks fell disastrously at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, a move which was profited by the Soviet Union to cheaply acquire Lufthansa's control via Aeroflot, an action that was disguised as a bailout plan for the Grossdeutscher economy.

    In total, about as much as $100 million worth bribes were delivered by the Soviet authorities to Grossdeutscher senior government officials. Although only Robert Mainzer has been detained, sources from inside the anticorruption prosecutor's office point to other members of the Mainzer cabinet "or even higher instances" as the most likely to be next prosecuted.


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    URGENT: Referendum on union with Os Corelia to take place on October 1st

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    After a month of hermetic tramitation at the Reichstag floor, the Havnwasser Confederation agreement which will band together the Reich and Os Corelia into a confederal union has been approved by the Reichstag with the affirmative votes of the governing CDU-FDP coalition and the socialdemocratic SPD while it has been opposed by the Left Alternative coalition and the Nationalsocialists, as well as by regionalist and independentist parties namely the German Free Alliance and the New Flemish Alliance. It was also opposed by Marine Le Pen, independent member of the Reichstag who was elected with the CDU but abandoned the party to create the French National Front. After this affirmative vote by the Reichstag, the agreement will be voted on a referendum by the citizenship of both countries on October 1st.

    The proposed confederation, if supported by voters, will have authority on joint military operations, monetary and macroeconomic policy, healthcare, border policy and international travel, and military intelligence. The creation of such a confederation had for long been discussed by scholars around the Reich and a recent poll on that issue highlighted a narrow support of 53% against a 37% opposing the agreement.

    The referendum will be based in a single Yes/No question, it being "Do you support the creation of a confederal union between the Grossdeutsches Reich and Os Corelia?". The head offices of the CDU and FDP have announced that their parties will be supporting the "Yes" campaign while Linkst Alternative, the NSEP and the Front Nationale will be on the "No" campaign. The German Free Alliance and the New Flemish Alliance will be calling for the abstention in this referendum while the SPD has yet to define its position.


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    Chancellor Meyer speaks to calm fellow nations on proposed union

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Right after announcing the coming referendum on the establishment of closer ties with Os Corelia the first blow to the Yes campaign has come from abroad after the leader of the majority group at the polish-lithuanian parliament, the Sejm, announced that the free trade and border free agreement between Poland and the Reich would be terminated in the wake of a Yes vote and the subsequent creation of a customs union.

    Chancellor Meyer personally appeared on a press Q&A event to respond to those threats. "A border free area has already existed between the Reich and Os Corelia since early 2013, thus the threat by polish authorities is senseless". Others have questioned the establishment of a military authority for joint military operations which they say would be illegal and could mean Council sanctions against both Os Corelia and the GDR. To that matter Gertrude Meyer said that "in virtue of the same 2013 agreement which established a border free area between OC and the GDR a joint military council was created. I'll read it to you:

    Article V: the undersigning parties agree [to] commit themselves to create a Joint Military Advisory Council, formed by the heads of the Grossdeutscher Luftwaffe, Heer and Kriegsmarine and by the heads of the Corelian Aeolian Flight Force and Sea Force. This body shall coordinate the Corelian and Grossdeutscher governments' joint military actions.

    Therefore the currently proposed Havnwasser agreement is a simple step further in Germano-Corelian cooperation and most of its content is a reunion of previous agreements into a larger umbrella agreement".


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    URGENT: FDP ANNOUNCES ITS DISSOLUTION

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    The first great party of the Grossdeutscher political system, the once almighty Free Democratic Party (FDP) led by Robert Mainzer and Horsten K?hler, will cease to exist in the following days. This unexpected and controversial decision comes after an urgent meeting of the party's executive commission called on by former European Council representative and party vicepresident Howard S?nger. After more than 6 hours of debate, the party's highest body decided to dissolve the party and sell all its assets. Members of the executive body of the now almost-defunct party have pointed at the imminent implication of President Horsten K?hler and former economics' minister Laurent Strauss, both members of the party.

    Among the issues explored at the meeting is what will happen to the members of the Reichstag FDP parliamentary group. The executive commission has decided that a meeting of the group shall take place and decide whether they continue together or not, and if they are going to remain in the government coalition with the CDU. It is expected that the FDP parliamentary group will remain in the government at least until the October 1st referendum takes place so as to guarantee government stability.


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    Chancellor Meyer proposes mediation in verbal conflict between Os Corelia, Poland-Lithuania leadership

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    After the recent threat by the Sejm majority leader to suspend the recently-aproved Polish-Grossdeutscher free trade agreement if the Havnwasser Agreement is implemented, a series verbal attacks which have gradually escalated to accusations of xenophobia have occured between the Corelian foreign affairs minister, the parliament, and President Kligenberg of Poland-Lithuania. In light of this, Chancellor Meyer has publicly offered herself to act as a mediator between the affected parts and "hold a tripartite summit in Berlin to iron out our differences regarding the Havnwasser thing and calm down the waters".

    The Office of the Chancellor has issued a diplomatic message to the governments of both nations to try to find a solution to the conflict and get out of this situation.


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    Former FDP to reorganise under New Democratic Party banner

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    10 days after the dissolution of the once predominant liberal party, the former FDP is expected to be reborn this week under the name of the Neue Demokratische Partei/Nouveau Parti d?mocratique (NDP/NPD). This new organisation is expected to celebrate it's foundational congress this week in the french city of Nice. Howards S?nger, widely seen as the main brain behind the creation of the NDP, is expected to run unopposed for the party presidency and take the lead of the organisation.

    The party is expected to ask for ALDGE membership after being officially created. However, a small group of members is running a platform to take the party to the European Classical Liberals europarty.


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    URGENT: Electoral colleges close, vote counting starts. Results due to be announced next morning

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    After a long day of voting, electoral colleges are finally closed and vote counting has begun. This process, however, will require many hours of counting vote by vote as more than 220 million were called to vote. Polls show a very very narrow difference between the 'Yes' and 'No' vote with the first option being ahead by half point. The provisional results will be announced tomorrow morning at 10 am.


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    URGENT: Havnwasser Agreement defeated, early general election called

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    With the results on the table, already knowing the Havnwasser Agreement had been defeated at the polls (though by a minimum margin), the Chancellor has come to the press this morning and announced the calling of an early general election by next month. The defeat of the option defended by the government at the referendum has been the final blow to a government that was already deadly touched by the demise of the FDP and to which alegations of poor planning for the referendum and secrecy regarding the Havnwasser Agreement have also been very damaging.

    Sources from the CDU fail to confirm if Gertrude Meyer will seek reelection. It is also unknown who will run as candidate for the New Democratic Party, but the name of Howard S?nger sounds strongly. Meanwhile, the SPD remains undecided on which candidate shall it put forward as George Allen doesn't seem convinced or willing to run again and former Chancellor Vooleeck is no longer considered a viable option after she came third for the position of European Councillior with a mere 16% of the vote. Regarding Linkst Alternative, it has for long been confirmed that Aurora D?hler will be running for the position of Chancellor, with that option being most likely after her impressive victory at the election for the European Council position.


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    Chancellor calls for Reichstag to vote on sanctions against Bulgaria

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    This week we've known that the so-called 'Imperial President' of Bulgaria, Spartak Aleksandrov, has ordered-and already commited- the murder of nicoleizian, davishirian, duxburian, and inimican citizens, and also ordered bulgarian citizens abroad to assassinate the leaders of Icholasen, Inimicus and Davishire. "This threat to our friends can not and will not be tolerated" the chancellor was quoted saying. The chancellor and the cabinet have, via the parliamentary groups of the CDU and NDP, proposed a motion at the Reichstag calling for an embargo on Bulgaria. Opposition groups LA, SPD and GFA have already committed to support the proposal. However, LA spokesman Kretschmann has already said that their support will only be delivered if grossdeutscher citizens in Bulgaria can be safely airlifted.

    New Democratic Party born, Howard S?nger elected president

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    The New Democratic Partyv is finally here. After celebrating it's first congress last sunday the new party has begun organising at all levels. On that day Howard S?nger, former ELDL vicepresident and FDP MEC, was elected president of the newly-created party.


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    Aurora D?hler campaigning at the street for the ambitious LA campaign to nationalise banks

    Campaign intensifies as election day approaches

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    As the run-up for election day (due to take place next Sunday) grows in intensity, candidates are investing the last but not less hard campaigning week in trying to reach up to the voter groups less close to their traditional supporter social groups. A visibly tired Gertrude Meyer, who will be seeking a second term in office, was seen this Saturday visiting an automobile factory in Mlad? Boleslav and having brief conversations with factory workers who took the chance to reproach her on her anti-social measures, aimed at ensuring an easier life to higher classes while leaving lower income families helpless.

    At the same time as the chancellor was visiting the ?koda factory, Aurora D?hler campaigned at Berlin in front of the Berlin Stock Exchange. There she had a meeting with business executives to brief them on LA's economic program with measures such as the nationalisation of the banking industry and the creation of a tax on financial transactions. As strange as it may seem, most of the executives present at the meeting seemed receptive to D?hler's proposals.

    Geraldine Levallieux, Grossdeutscher Free Alliance's candidate, was also at Berlin where she held a conference on the GFA's proposal for further decentralisation of the country and the recognition of other minority groups which have no state of its own such as the catalan, basque, monegasque, occitan, italian and danish people.

    On the other hand Howard S?nger, leader of the NDP/NPD, had thunder visits to Strassbourg and Brussels to talk about his new party's proposal for more devolved government for non-german states and a de-germanisation of the other nations of the Reich.

    However socialist candidate Vlatislav Vanek has decided to keep on with the traditional voter group and attended a rally organised by the Marseille Port Workers' Union where he adressed the demonstrators and promised them to fight to keep the local port a world-level trading port.

    And finally NSEP candidate Niels Zondersen, former spokesman for the "No, thanks" campaign against the Havnwasser agreement, visited the construction ground of a hospital in Limburg, Niederlanden, where he criticised the federal government's social policies while pleading to increase welfare investment in government budget.


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    Linkst Alternative wins election

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Linkst Alternative, led by the soon-to-be Chancellor Aurora D?hler, has won the federal election with nearly 59 million votes (58.892.716 votes, 25,6%), which have in turn translated into 161 seats at the Reichstag, 19 less than at the previous election.

    Though LA's victory was clearly expected, the Noveau Parti Democratique/Neue Demokratische Partei's result has been the surprise of the day as they managed to overcome the utterly damaged reputation that its antecessor, the FDP, left to them. With an experienced and well-respected candidate, Howard S?nger, the party got to the second place with 42.928.018 votes (18,7%) and 117 seats.

    However, the far-right NSEP also had a stunning and unexpected surge in support because of their star candidate, former spokesman for the successful "No, thanks" campaign Niels Zondersen. Zondersen's signing helped the nazi-r?gime inheritor's to reach to 41.927.128 voters (18,3%) and achieve 115 seats at the Reichstag.

    The former frontline party of the Grossdeutscher right-wing, the CDU, fell to a miserable fourth position after a year and a half of atrition at the government during which the Reich has seen unemployment rates rise a few percentage points. This way, Gertrude Meyer's party hasn't been able to get more than 13,9% (31.982.182) voters and got only 87 seats, which makes it impossible for Meyer to be reelected.

    On the other hand, the Grossdeutscher Frei Allianz of regionalist and nationalist parties such as the N-VA or the Bayern Partei has been able to maintain the results it achieved at the European Council election this summer and has taken its candidate, Geraldine Levallieux, to lead the fifth Reichstag group after getting the 12,8% of the suffrage (29.281.902 votes) and 80 seats at the parliament.

    The great loser of the night, the SPD, fell deeply to become the sixth party, getting 19.872.109 votes (8,7%) and only 54 seats. However, the SPD may become essential to the LA as a junior partner in a coalition government.

    As a surprise came the appearance of a minor ecosocialist party, Solidarit? et Ecologie (SE) that managed to get 2.859.823 votes (1,2%) and 7 seats, which will form a parliamentary group led by party leader Catherine Bov?.


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    Coalition talks begin

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    A few days after the election and after all parties have had their time to analyze sunday's results, their leaders are now preparing to undertake coalition talks to form a new government for the Reich. The only party with real possibility of forming a government is D?hler's LA. The most probable outcome is a progressive left four-sided coalition government with the Grossdeutscher Free Alliance, the SPD and Solidarit? et Ecologie (302 seats).

    However, there is also a slight chance at a centre-left coalition led by the NDP/NPD with the CDU and GFA (284 seats). The GFA may be open to the prospect of such a coalition, even more considering both NDP/NPD and the CDU having turned toward further decentralisation, but the CDU's conservative agenda is an insurmountable wall for the progressive nationalist and regionalist alliance.

    The least likely alliance, but the most confortable one for the NDP/NPD, is the one with the GFA and the SPD (251 seats). This left of the center alliance would leave LA without it's natural allies and would mean a free way for the liberal-democrats to take the government with two parties with some affinity to their programme.


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    ALDGE dissolves

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    After two years as the largest liberal-progressive group in the European Union, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for a Green Europe has dissolved today after a major crisis in party membership. The demise of the UEC as the largest party in the Council, which led the ALDGE to become the first group in a three way tie with both the UEC and the ECL, and the fact that the Premier Commissioner was a member of the eco-liberal group couldn't help but stood as the last milestone for the europarty.

    When asked about this by reporters, Howard S?nger expressed his sadness over the demise of organized liberal progressism in Europe. "The NPD was about to apply for membership at ALDGE, but this sudden event has left us disoriented and without any clear european-level referent" S?nger was reported saying. When asked about the prospect of joining the European Classic Liberals, S?nger dismissed the possibility as "very unlikely", but pointed out that "it will be up to the members of our party to decide our european alliance program".


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    Coalition agreement reached between LA, GFA and SeE

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Three weeks of talks have finally given its fruits and an agreement has been reached between Linkst Alternative and the GFA to form a government with the francophone eco-socialist party Solidarit? et Ecologie. The SPD, which was expected to join the coalition to make a stronger government, has decided to stay out of it to avoid being absorbed by LA.

    According to sources from both the GFA and LA, with this agreement Geraldine Levallieux will become Vice chancellor and Minister for the Regions. The government, whose composition will be announced next monday, will be distributed in the following way: the chancellery and 10 ministries for Linkst Alternative, the vice chancellery and 5 ministries for the Grossdeutscher Free Alliance, and one ministry for Solidarit? et Ecologie.

    This new cabinet's composition will be announced on Monday after the Reichstag instates Aurora D?hler as the next Chancellor of the Reich.


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    Coalition ministers announced

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Earlier in the morning, the press office of Linkst Alternative has made public the names of the ministers to form the next cabinet under Aurora D?hler. Here's the list:

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    Chancellor: Aurora D?hler (LA) [Born: November 11, 1982|Berlin, Deutschland]

    Vice chancellor and Minister for the Regions: Geraldine Levallieux (GFA) [Born: February 27, 1968|Montrichard, France]

    Minister for Foreign and European Affairs: Tim Reinhardt (LA) [Born: September 24, 1968|Beckingen, Deutschland]

    Minister for Defence: Petr Marek (LA) [Born: September 22, 1977|Milevsko, Czechland]

    Minister for Home Affairs: Jelena Briels (GFA) [born: June 17, 1974| , Belgie]

    Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs: Andrea Hirsch (LA) [Born: April 2, 1984|Sankt P?lten, ?sterreich]

    Minister for Health and Social Services: Winanda Westdijk (LA) [Born: April 2, 1970|IJmuiden, Niederlande]

    Minister for Agriculture and Food Control: Dirk Gersten (LA) [Born: October 9, 1977|Str?py-Bracquegnies, Belgie]

    Minister for Public Works, Industry and Energy: Matthias Loewe (LA) [Born: November 5, 1971|Vrčeň, Czechland]

    Minister for Education: Bronisław Wiśniewski (GFA) [Born: February 3, 1976|Bielitz, Deutschland]

    Minister for Housing: Ignazio Pisano (LA) [Born: January 7, 1975|Eisenstadt, ?sterreich]

    Minister for Sports, Culture and Media: Andr? Rancourt (GFA) [Born: October 23, 1955|Le Bouscat, France]

    Minister for Science and Research: Carl S. Madsen (GFA) [Born: March 11, 1964|Rendsburg, Deutschland]

    Minister for Justice: Djino Woning (LA) [Born: July 15, 1955|Utrecht, Niederlande]

    Minister for Labour and Pensions: Janina Ehrlichmann (LA) [Born: February 25, 1984|Melsele, Belgie]

    Minister for Transport: Clementine Devoe (LA) [Born: February 6, 1980|Paris, France]

    Minister for the Environmental Action and Climate Change: Gilles Berard (SE) [Born: February 19, 1981|Lens, France]

    This cabinet stands out because of its level of gender equality as 7 out of 17 of its members (41%) are women, and also because of its youth as the middle age for all members of the cabinet is 41 years old.

    This cabinet will take possession tomorrow after Aurora D?hler is officially elected Chancellor today by the Reichstag.


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    Cabinet spokesman criticises partial privatisation of Grossdeutsche Flughafen undertaken by previous govt'

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Federal cabinet spokesman Lynda van der Land appeared yesterday in front of the press to criticise the secret partial privatisation of Grossdeutsche Flughafen undertaken by the CDU-FDP government of Gertrude Meyer in late november during the last days of its term in office. However, according to van der Land, the government will not seek to re-nationalise the shares made available to public offering in the company's IPO as "it supposes nothing but a 1% of all the stock package of the company".

    After talking about that issue, van der Land announced that the government is seeking to push for a change of the transports model so as to promote the establishment of an extensive high-speed rail network around the country.


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    Government announces changes in airport names for Paris and Berlin airports

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    Federal cabinet spokesman Lynda van der Land has announced today the government's decision to rename both Paris and Berlin's airports. In the case of Paris, the change has been justified as an effort to put an end to public property commemoration of nazi dictators and collaborators such as Philippe P?tain, general of France and dictator of said country between 1940 and the definitive annexation of that country into the Reich in 1949.

    In the case of Berlin's airport, Berlin-Brandenburg Robert Mainzer, the decision has been taken as an effort to "de-divinize" the figure of a man "whose honorability is being contested in a courthouse".

    Paris airport will be renamed "Charles De Gaulle" after the tank general who led the french resistance from exile in Ineland during and after the 1939 war. Berlin airport will be renamed Berlin International Airport - Sophia Scholl for the young student and member of the anti-nazi resistance in the 1940s.


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    Election for Grosseutscher European Council seat to take place in mid-february

    Article by Michel Lautrec

    With the election of Aurora D?hler as chancellor a month ago, the Reich's seat at the EC was left vacant. Therefore, the Reichstag has voted today to call an early election to that seat to elect a successor to Aurora D?hler. After today's Reichstag session reporters asked Hugo Boll, LA member and former minister of Health, if he'd be running for his party's candidacy but declined to comment.

    Meanwhile, Howard S?nger is expected to run for the post with his new party, the NDP which showed its strength and readiness at the recent general election by receiving 18% of the popular vote. Latest polls show the NDP rising rapidly in a close race with LA for the Council seat.

    The NSEP, the third party, is considering its options but party leader and ENP head Martin B?hm is out of the race because he's perceived as beeing "too much extremist" for the public opinion and may instead be looking at other and more "moderate-looking" candidates such as Niels Zondersen's co-spokesperson at the Reichstag, Janelle Zieleman (October 27, 1974), who may be under consideration by the NSEP Party Chancellery.


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    Space sector reform announced

    Article by Holly Audet

    Minister for Science and Research, Carl Madsen, announced a reform to the grossdeutscher space sector which will include important measures such as doubling the GZR budget for the next 4-year period (2015 - 2019). Additionally, the GZR will be superseded by a new organisation: the Reich Spaceflight Administration (RSA). A blueprint for the national space program's goals for the next 4 years is being detailed and will be made public soon in a press conferency by minister Madsen and GZR/RSA director G?nther Wegener.


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