What Angela Merkel Stepping Down Means For Germany (HBO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down as leader of her party – marking the beginning of the end for a four-term ruler whose politics have defined Europe but divided her country.

Merkel’s 18 years at the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and 13 years as chancellor have seen Germany transformed into an economic and diplomatic force. The leader known as Germany’s “mother” became the chief powerbroker of the European Union.

But her decision to allow in more than a million migrants during the peak of the 2015 crisis spawned the rise of far-right movements and crushed poll results for mainstream parties, including her own.

She’s also faced criticism for failing to heal the divide between the former Communist east of the country, where incomes and pensions remain lower some 31 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Public demonstrations by movements on the far-left and far-right are once again a daily reality in Germany.

“There is now an invisible wall. Before it was made of bricks and mortar. And now there is a new divide in our country,” said Winfried Wenzel, a retired engineer who once marched against Communism and now marches against Merkel.

“We are very disappointed in Mrs Merkel. She didn’t listen to the people.”

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North Korea’s foreign minister visits Vietnam

North Korea’s foreign minister kicks off an official visit to Vietnam as Pyongyang seeks to learn lessons from the Communist, one-party state’s post-war economic reform that has transformed Vietnam into one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. IMAGES

Getting high in Laos’ opium-riddled mountains

In a hut on the top of a fog-licked mountain in northern Laos, Vo Pali is getting high. His poison is opium, a sap extracted from poppies grown illegally by the poor hill tribes in the Communist state’s rugged, inaccessible uplands.

Russian communists call for “clean elections” at rally

Hundreds attend a rally organised by Russia’s Communist Party (KPRF) to demand “fair and clean elections”. In a predictable March 18 presidential election, Communist candidate, Pavel Grudinin, is likely to be runner-up to President Vladimir Putin, though he lags far behind in state-run opinion polls at around seven percent. IMAGES

‘Gotta find a way’: Chinese rap in crisis after crackdown

Chinese rap and hip hop seemed poised to break out after a wildly popular singing show bestowed fame and legitimacy on a musical scene that had struggled to find its voice in China. But an abrupt official backlash against the edginess of hip hop culture has tamed the swagger of artists who fear that Chinese rap, like a once-promising homegrown rock-and-roll movement, will be nipped in the bud by Communist politics.

Romania marks 100th anniversary of dictator Ceausescu’s birth

Romania is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His former home, now a museum, is holding a special exhibition, an auction house is selling some of his former belongings, while some of those who still look back on his Communist dictatorship with nostalgia gathered at his grave.

The female spies who helped change the Vietnam War

Nguyen Thi Hoa was part of the 11-member Perfume River squad, a top-secret female combat unit formed in 1967 and bound by the communist propaganda slogan: “When the enemy comes to your home, even the women should fight”. They funneled secrets to Communist army handlers who were poised to launch an audacious assault on the city that would reshape the Vietnam War.

Nepal’s Communist parties poised for election landslide

Nepal’s Communist parties head for a landslide win in elections seen as a turning point after two decades of conflict, political instability and disaster that have crippled the Himalayan country.

Russia’s Communist Comeback & Trump In Asia: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

VICE News travels to the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi to see how Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov is trying to win over young comrades.

Monday night, the Department of Homeland Security decided to rescind Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans currently residing in the U.S. Although the status is supposed to prevent them from being deported during crisis, in some cases, it’s allowed people to stay in the U.S. long after the crisis has ended. But with Donald Trump in the White House, those people are wondering how much longer that protection will last.

VICE News examines Trump’s attempt at solving the world’s most intractable foreign policy problems during his trip to Asia.

Plus, Republicans push forward with tax reform and Weezer presents this week’s installment of Music Critic.

This is the November 7, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Trump arrives in Hanoi at tail end of Asia tour

President Trump arrives in Hanoi to meet Vietnam’s Communist leadership at the tail end of an Asia tour where he has given ample airing to his “America First” mantra on trade and sought support against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. FIRST IMAGES