The CSU, Bavarian allies to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) but traditionally a little more conservative, scored its lowest ever result on Sunday, with just under 39 percent of the vote in its home state — over 10 percentage points down on 2013. “That’s why the CSU will take a confrontational tone in Berlin, and by the end Merkel will realize that her biggest problem in the coalition negotiations won’t be the Greens or the FDP, but the CSU — because they’re up against immense pressure,” Source Deutsche Welle
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Pyongyang could stage an unprecedented strike on the US at an unexpected time, the North Korean state run news agency KCNA warned on Thursday. The threat came as the South Korean and US navies conduct massive joint drills amid increasing tensions over the north’s nuclear and missile ambitions. Source: Sputnik
EU Council head Donald Tusk has said obligatory migrant quotas “have no future” amid efforts to mend fences with eastern European states. “I don’t see any special future for this project, but it’s important to find an understanding that does not separate Poland and other Visegrad group countries from the rest of Europe,” Tusk, said. Source: Euobserver
Indian warships have entered Vladivostok on Thursday to take part in the first Russian-Indian joint-force drills dubbed “Indra-2017,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd rank Nikolay Voskresensky said. Source: TASS