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Merkel calls for swift agreement on EU virus package

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Our common objective is to find a quick agreement as time is running out due to the economic crisis. We must not waste time. The poorest are paying the price,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

(L-R) European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President David Sassoli pose for a photo ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, on July 8, 2020, upon the presentation of the German programme for EU presidency. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ / POOL / AFP)

Merkel kicks off EU presidency with Brexit warning

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader is speaking on the first day of Germany's six-month EU presidency, set to be dominated by the pandemic and its economic fallout

MERKEL AND EU. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a press statement at the Chancellery in Berlin. File photo by Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Britain has to accept weaker economic ties with EU – Merkel

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'If the United Kingdom does not want regulations comparable to that of Europe in terms of the environment, the labor market or social norms, our relations will lose intensity,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/POOL/AFP

Merkel condemns 'abhorrent' Stuttgart rampage

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The government condemns a rampage that saw hundreds of party-goers brutally attacking police officers and looting stores in the early hours of Sunday, June 21

Trump says he will delay G7 summit, invite other countries

May 31, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The US President would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall

TRUMP. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Macron, Merkel agree 500-billion-euro virus recovery plan for Europe

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The Merkel-Macron plan now faces a potentially painful negotiation with all 27 member states of the European Union and then a vote in European Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)

Moscow says no proof Russian hackers spied on Merkel

May 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Five years have passed. Not a single concrete fact has been provided,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

NO PROOF. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Merkel cites 'hard evidence' Russian hackers targeted her

May 13, 2020 - 9:39 PM

'I can honestly say that it pains me. Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German virus data offers 'hope' but curbs must stay, says Merkel

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Germany shuts schools, bans public gatherings of more than two, and requires people to keep a distance of at least 5 feet in the hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19

A nearly deserted shopping street is after the town's mayor declared a state of emergency to stop the outspread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 on March 18, 2020 in Halle/Saale, eastern Germany. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany to fly citizens stranded by coronavirus home, warns against all travel

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:38 PM

The government has agreed to spend 50 million euros in a deal with commercial airlines to fly citizens home from affected regions, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says

BRINGING THEM HOME. Flight passengers are seen next to a board displaying cancelled flights and departures at the airport of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 16, 2020. Photo by Torsten Silz/AFP

Merkel ready to drop deficit rule, says 60-70% of Germany could get infected

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:16 AM

Merkel stresses it is key to 'win time' for a cure or a vaccine to be found before health systems are stretched beyond capacity

TENSE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwar/AFP

Merkel's would-be successors announce bids for party leader

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:20 AM

With all to play for, knives are already drawn

CDU SPEECH. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel's crisis-hit CDU launches leadership race

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Merkel's longtime rival Friedrich Merz is expected to throw his hat in the ring

TENSE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel party in crisis after 'heir' quits over far right row

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the Christian Democratic Union, opts out after barely a year in the post

MERKEL'S WOES. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press statement on the resignation of the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during a joint press conference with Hungary's Prime Minister in Berlin on February 10, 2020. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP)

Environmentalists file suit against Merkel's 'weak' climate laws

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Climate activists argue Germany's current plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions is too weak to halt the planet from hurtling towards irreversible and devastating warming

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Rocky road ahead for Merkel after ally loses shock vote

Dec 01, 2019 - 7:52 PM

The departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel may well be accelerated following the defeat of her close ally

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU's headquarters for further exploratory talks with members of potential coalition parties to form a new government on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

Merkel heiress wins 'loyalty' after challenging critics

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:42 PM

'If you are of the opinion that the Germany I want is not the one you want... then we should end it. Here, now and today,' Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the CDU tells the party gathering in Leipzig

CHALLENGING CRITICS. The leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves after delivering her a speech during the congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on November 22, 2019, in Leipzig, eastern Germany.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

On Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'That applies to us all in East and West: we stand stripped of any excuses and are required to do our part for freedom and democracy,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BERLIN WALL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and official guests place flowers at the Wall Memorial during the central commemoration ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 2019 at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel urges Erdogan to immediately end Syria offensive

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:27 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the operation threatens to drive large parts of the population from their homes, noting that it would also risk 'destabilization of the region and lead to a resurgence of the ISIS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Merkel says she still sees 'every chance' for Brexit deal

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:01 PM

'I am firmly convinced that we still have every chance to do it in an orderly way and the German government will work toward making this possible until the very last day,' Angela Merkel says

MERKEL ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel in Beijing says Hong Kong freedoms must be 'guaranteed'

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'In the current situation everything must be done to avoid violence.... And the solutions can only be found in a political process – meaning through dialogue,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

MERKEL ON HONG KONG. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L) gives a speech next to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Pool/AFP

Hong Kong protesters appeal to German leader Merkel before China visit

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong and the 'Hongkongers in Germany Concern Group' write German Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter asking her to cancel her trip to China

PRO-DEMOCRACY. (From left) Hong Kong lawmaker Eddie Chu, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and Luo Wen-jia, Secretary General of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), attend a press conference at the DPP headquarters in Taipei on September 3, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Amazon wildfires 'acute emergency,' belongs on G7 agenda – Germany

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's bid at rallying world leaders on the issue has been immediately blasted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the G7 summit host of having a 'colonialist mentality'

PROTEST. A man walks past protestors as they hold posters highlighting environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon outside the Brazilian embassy in Mumbai on August 23, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Children will only be admitted to kindergarten or school if they have had the vaccinations. These vaccinations will also be compulsory for staff in day-care centers, educational institutions, medical facilities and refugee shelters.

Most Germans say Merkel's health is a personal issue

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

A newspaper survey finds 59% of Germans believe the shaking spells of Chancellor Angela Merkel concerns her 'private' life

'PRIVATE' ISSUE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers through her 3rd trembling spell a day before this photo was taken on July 11, 2019. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel sits through anthems after shaking spells

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:05 PM

With questions swirling about Merkel's health after she suffered 3 episodes of shaking in public in less than a month, the veteran leader opts to play safe

SITTING DOWN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sit as they listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony with military honors on July 11, 2019. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:49 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is simply still in a phase of 'processing' a previous shaking spell, but that 'there has been progress'

THIRD TIME. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffers her third trembling spell in less than a month. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Concerns as Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:00 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's latest health scare comes just hours before she is due to board the plane for Japan, sparking new questions about her health

MERKEL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel says neo-Nazis must be tackled 'without taboos'

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'This is why the state is called upon (to act) at all levels and the federal government takes this very, very seriously,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel on neo-Nazis

GERMANY. Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement as she arives at the Social Democrats Party (SPD) headquarters on February 4, 2018 in Berlin, as German Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats hope to complete negotiations to form a government. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says she's 'fine' after trembling spell

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The German Chancellor says she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat and dismissed concerns about her health

German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Merkel's successor sparks freedom of speech uproar

May 28, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer later tries to downplay her comments, saying it is 'ridiculous to insinuate that I want to regulate expressions of opinion'

SUCCESSOR. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel's preferred successor says she won't seek post before 2021

May 12, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says she 'rules out the possibility that I will work deliberately to seek a change earlier'

Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer delivers a press conference on her candidacy to lead the CDU party in Berlin, on November 7, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not stand for a re-election as party leader at the CDU Party conference in Hamburg from 6 to 8 December 2018. Twelve men and women applied for her successor. Opportunities are currently granted only to the prominent candidate - in addition to Kramp-Karrenbauer are the German Health Minister Jens Spahn and ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic agree to meet again in Paris in early July

WEST BALKANS CONFERENCE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron host Western Balkans leaders and EU members Croatia and Slovenia. Photo by Michael Sohn/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

China, EU 'advancing together', says Xi, amid U.S. tensions

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission

XI'S FRANCE VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hold a press conference with German Chancellor and European Commission President at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as U.S., Russia – Merkel

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:25 PM

According to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Studies, up to 95 percent of China's arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles will be in breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty if Beijing were party to it

SECURITY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to give a speech during the 55th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 16, 2019. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

20-year-old German confesses to massive data hack spurred by 'annoyance'

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:31 PM

'The accused said he published the data because he had been annoyed by certain statements made by those affected,' a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecution service's internet crime office ZIT, tells a press conference

DATA HACK. Picture taken on January 4, 2019 shows the website of the German Bundestag with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel displayed on the screen of a laptop. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

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Massive data leak targets German officials including Merkel

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The information, which comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents from German politicians, is first released via Twitter in December but its spread gathered pace this week

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Merkel gets boost with ally's party win

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:17 PM

The career politician dubbed "mini Merkel" by the media is now in pole position to lead Germany's biggest party into the next general election, set for 2021

WIN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks past her successor, newly-elected leader of the Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the CDU congress on December 8, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel defends legacy as divided party picks new leader

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Pointing to the rise of populism worldwide and what she called a breakdown of shared Western values, Merkel says the order she had championed is at risk

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech during a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP