With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
Germany's coalition government has ended an internal row over new asylum rules, allowing for some unaccompanied refugee kids to be reunited with their families. The measures are now ready for debate in parliament.
Ottawa has given the end date for its airstrike campaign in Syria as February 22. The move is strongly against the tide of Canadian public opinion.
The polls that really matter are just over a month away, including in two of Germany's larger and wealthier states. Yet Chancellor Angela Merkel's approval ratings keep sliding, into "eurozone crisis" territory of old.
Despite critical remarks from members of the SPD, Germany's ruling coalition has denied any internal tensions surrounding the latest asylum legislation draft. The government approved the package earlier this week.
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