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  • Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

    01/30/2015 9:31:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2015 – 06:13 PM | Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe
    When it comes to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German government is unyielding—particularly when it comes to finding excuses for why it should do nothing when it comes to potential German perpetrators. For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world. […] Berlin immediately classified the list and has...
  • Merkel: 'We must not forget'

    01/27/2015 2:04:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 26, 2015 | Deutsche Welle
    Speaking at a memorial service on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous death camp, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Auschwitz was a symbol of the Holocaust, the "collapse of civilization" perpetrated by Nazi Germany. "We must not forget," the chancellor said. "We owe that to the many millions of victims."
  • Germany halts arms exports to Saudis

    01/26/2015 2:38:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jan 2015 08:56 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of “instability in the region,” German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been “rejected, pure and simple,” or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the information has not been officially confirmed. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the national security council, a government body that includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and seven other ministers, it said. …
  • Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims

    01/15/2015 11:34:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | January 15, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN and ANDREA THOMAS
    Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Paris Have Fueled Debate Over Radical Islam By WILLIAM HOROBIN in Paris and ANDREA THOMAS in Berlin French and German leaders sought Thursday to reassure Muslims about their place in European society, cementing calls for unity after a series of attacks last week in France by Islamic extremists. Speaking at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, President François Hollande said that Islam is compatible with democracy and Muslims are the main victims of Islamist militants. “Muslims are the first victims of fanaticism,...
  • Hollande Daze ... Mark Steyn

    01/10/2015 2:51:46 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Jan 2015 | Mark Steyn
    The French authorities killed three murderous savages yesterday. That was the only good news on a day in which a third hostage siege began in Montpellier. The bad news started at the top, with President Hollande's statement after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter and the Kosher grocery siege: Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Yeah, right. I would use my standard line on these occasions - "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" - but it's not quite as funny when the streets are full of cowards, phonies and opportunists waving candles...
  • Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement (with EU)

    01/24/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Jan 2015 08:23 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Merkel told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Germany was “ready” to open talks about “possibilities for cooperating in a collective trade area”, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. But she said that a precondition for the plan, suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin several years ago but ignored by European leaders, would be a comprehensive peace agreement in Ukraine. …
  • Merkel Joins Muslim Community Rally

    01/14/2015 12:33:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Although the lights of of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin were extinguished to shame a PEGIDA demonstration last week, they were burning brightly yesterday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined a rally of Muslim inhabitants of Berlin. The rally, organised in part to show solidarity with those killed in Paris, and in part to signal opposition to the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), featured Muslim community leaders, sung Islamic prayers, and a raft of top German politicians. Although the turnout was significantly smaller than recent PEGIDA protests, German leaders flocked to be seen at the event....
  • Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany' ahead of Dresden rally

    01/12/2015 11:37:25 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 97 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Andreas Rinke
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday Islam "belongs to Germany", in a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gathering in Dresden and other cities. A day after walking arm-in-arm with French President Francois Hollande at the front of a massive march in Paris to honor the victims of killings by Islamic militants, Merkel received the Turkish prime minister and urged dialogue among religions. The conservative chancellor pointed to comments made by former German president Christian Wulff, who said in 2010 that Islam was part of Germany, triggering a fierce debate. "Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to...
  • Inside The New Anti-Muslim Group Gaining Strength In Germany (Calls them "shadowy new group")

    01/08/2015 10:42:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 7, 2015 | Lucian Kim
    PEGIDA appeared out of nowhere in October and now draws thousands to its protests. Lucian Kim reports for BuzzFeed News from Dresden on the rise of the shadowy new group. DRESDEN, Germany — The thousands who tramped to a soggy field in a Dresden park Monday night weren’t just defying the rain and cold, but the words of Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a televised address on New Year’s Eve, Merkel warned citizens not to attend any more protests organized by PEGIDA, a shadowy group claiming to defend Western civilization against “Islamization.” That night, 18,000 protesters, mostly young men, showed up...
  • German groups say Paris attack shows Islamist threat

    01/07/2015 1:08:54 PM PST · by mojito · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/7/2015 | Erik Kirschbaum
    Anti-immigrant groups in Germany seized on Wednesday's deadly attack in Paris, with leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and PEGIDA saying it showed the threat of Islamist violence. Twelve people were killed when gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam. "This bloodbath proves wrong those who laughed or ignored the fears of so many people about a looming danger of Islamism," said Alexander Gauland, a regional AfD leader. "This gives new clout to PEGIDA demands." PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, itself reacted strongly to the Paris...
  • The 2015 Greek euro drama

    01/05/2015 7:02:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 5, 2015 | Gavin Hewitt
    It did not take long. The game is very much in play. Greek voters are being bombarded with warnings about what is at stake when they go to the polls on 25 January. There is little that is coded in these messages. When a country has been bailed out to the tune of €240bn (£187bn; $286bn) there is no such thing as non-interference in Greece's internal politics. Most of the European political establishment does not want Greece to elect the radical left party Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras. The party is currently narrowly ahead in the polls. Mr Tsipras is...
  • Merkel ready to let Greece exit eurozone: report

    01/05/2015 12:33:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jan 2015 10:16 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to let Greece leave the eurozone if Greeks elect a government that jettisons the country’s current austerity course, according to German media reports. The report in the Der Spiegel daily, which cited sources close to the German government, comes as polls show a radical leftist party leading the field three weeks ahead of a snap election in Greece. The Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras has pledged to reverse reforms imposed by Greece’s international creditors and renegotiate its bailout deal. …
  • Greek Exit Disaster...or Not

    01/04/2015 12:15:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    There's an amusing pair of headlines back-to-back today on what a Greek exit from the Eurozone might mean. One view is catastrophic, the others is along the lines of no problem. Let's start with the catastrophe. Economic historian Barry Eichengreen says Greek Euro Exit Would be ‘Lehman Brothers Squared. A decision by a new Greek government to leave the eurozone would set off devastating turmoil in financial markets even worse than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, a leading international economist warned Saturday. A Greek exit would likely spark runs on Greek banks and the country’s stock market and...
  • Germany Scandal: undercover journalist played racist in to make anti-Islamist PEGIDA look bad

    01/02/2015 8:21:50 PM PST · by tellw · 11 replies
    10News.DK ^ | 1/2/15 | Nicolai Sennels
    The Pegida movement calls the media “Lügepresse” (lying press), because it does not depict the consequences and dangers of Islamic mass-immigration properly. The below incidence, where an undercover journalists is interviewed by other journalists, and uses the interview to depict the Pegida movement as half-racist, confirms Pegida’s concern about the media’s honesty. The undercover journalist used to work at the interviewing journalists’ station, NDR, before he switched to RTL – meaning that he might know (and may even have colluded with) the interviewers who interview the fake “demonstrator”. 29 percent of Germans find the demonstrations “justified because of the degree...
  • Dresden/ PEGIDA?

    01/02/2015 8:34:14 AM PST · by bboop · 3 replies
    self ^ | 1.02.15 | self
    Anyone close up regarding the PEGIDA movement in Germany? German citizens taking a stand against the insane immigration policies/ Islamization of their country sounds right to me. From here, it sounds like the powers-that-be are demonizing it - reminds me of what they said about the Tea Party. Curious to have some feedback from those closer in. Thanks.
  • Angela Merkel attacks 'prejudice' and 'hatred' of German Islamisation marches

    01/02/2015 7:43:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    UK TELEGRAPH ^ | 12/31/14 | Andrew Marszal
    ...Merkel, the German chancellor, has used her New Year’s Eve address to launch a scathing attack on the country’s growing anti-Muslim protests, calling its leaders racists who are driven by hatred. In a televised message due to be broadcast tonight, Mrs Merkel urged Germans to turn their backs on demonstrations that have seen up to 17,000 people gather each Monday in the eastern city of Dresden to protest against the “Islamisation of the West”. Speaking to those considering joining the protests, she said: “Do not follow those who have called the rallies. Because all too often they have prejudice, coldness,...
  • Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

    12/06/2014 11:35:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Dec 2014 16:15 GMT+01:00 | Sabine Devins
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently from other data. At the Vodafone-hosted Digitizing Europe conference in Berlin, she called for a splitting of services, “one for free internet, and the other for special services,” adding that it was up to Brussels to negotiate how it would work. "An innovation-friendly internet means that there is a guaranteed reliability for special services,"...
  • Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules

    11/02/2014 2:55:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 02, 2014
    Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules Angela Merkel is reported to have told David Cameron that she will not negotiate on EU migration Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. Mrs Merkel is alleged to fear that the UK is approaching a "point of no return". Downing Street would not comment on the reports. Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's continued membership before holding an in-out referendum. The...
  • British towns being ‘swamped’ by immigrants feel 'under seige', says Michael Fallon

    10/26/2014 8:35:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | October 26, 2014 | by Rajeev Syal
    Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has claimed British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants and their residents are “under siege”, in an escalation of the emotive language being used by Tory ministers calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe. In terms reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, he said on Sunday that in some areas of the UK, large numbers of migrant workers and foreign people claiming benefits should be subject to some form of restraint – or risk dominating the local population. “In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel...
  • German taxpayers funding anti-Israel hate

    09/21/2014 11:51:52 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 14 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 20 September 2014 | Vijeta Uniyal
    A week after Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed her government’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism at a landmark rally in Berlin, a lot needs to be done on the ground to stop the rising tide of anti-Semitism. At home, German Law enforcement authorities have not only shown apathy and inaction, as in the case of the Muslim Imam in Berlin who called for the extermination of Jews, or against demonstrators in many German cities blaring anti-Semitic slogans. Police have sometimes seemed to go out of their way, allowing demonstrators to use police-megaphones and vehicles to spread the hate – as in Frankfurt...
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] Multiculturalism is a failure

    09/17/2014 8:33:57 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/17/2014 | Walter E. Williams
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has “utterly failed.” Both Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain’s ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the United Kingdom’s push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britain’s Judeo-Christian culture. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the roots of violent Islamism are not...
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

    08/20/2014 9:40:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:22am EDT
    (Reuters) - German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. "This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history ... The ISIS troops, the weapons - these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq," Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. "You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states...
  • NSA investigation: Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

    07/04/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 4, 2014
    An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say. The man is said to have been trying to gather details about a German parliamentary committee that is investigating claims of US espionage. German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details. A spokesman for Ms Merkel said she had been informed of the arrest, as had the members of the nine-strong parliamentary committee investigating the...
  • The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

    06/02/2014 12:55:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 02, 2014 – 05:44 PM | (Spiegel staff)
    Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain’s EU exit. […] … Merkel had hardly begun her speech last Friday before she got right to the point. With her hands set on the podium in front of her in the Regensburg University auditorium, she said: “I am engaging in all discussions in the spirit that Jean-Claude Juncker should become president of the European Commission.” German news agency...
  • Merkel and Obama bury hatchet on US spying

    05/02/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.05.14 @ 09:29 (May 2) | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Friday (2 May) are poised to mend ties after the exposure of her phone being tapped and millions of Germans spied upon by the National Security Agency (NSA). […] Rather than seeking a bilateral deal, Germany is now eyeing an international effort at EU and UN level. “This is an tough nut to crack over the next years,” another German official said. …
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Ukraine crisis: Angry Angela Merkel questions whether Putin is 'in touch with reality'

    03/03/2014 9:51:21 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 145 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:42PM GMT 03 Mar 2014 | Tony Paterson, Berlin
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to have become “really annoyed” about Russian President Vladimir Putin and has questioned whether he “was still in touch with reality.” The German mass circulation Bild newspaper wrote on Monday that during a telephone conversation she held with US President Barack Obama to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine she complained that Mr Putin was “living in another world.” “She appears to have become really annoyed,” Bild remarked. The paper said it had gained inside information on the telephone exchange between the US and German leaders from American sources. The two leaders roundly criticised...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • Car bomb detonated outside Bank of Greece in Athens

    04/10/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014
    A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens on Thursday, though no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence. The car which was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building blew up around 0255 GMT. The building is close to the office of Greece's international lenders. Police said the car, a Nissan, had been stolen and was fitted with 165 pounds of explosives. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper had been informed of the planned...
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Merkel miffed at Barack Obama and David Cameron 'nuclear war game'

    03/25/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Bruno Waterfield, and Peter Dominiczak in The Hague and Nick Squires in Rome
    World leaders played an interactive nuclear war game designed to test their responses to a terrorist atomic "dirty bomb" attack that threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. David Cameron joined Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping and other world leaders to play a "nukes on the loose" war game to see how they would cope with a terrorist nuclear attack. The German chancellor grumbled at being asked to play games and take tests with the Prime Minister, US and Chinese presidents around a table with dozens of heads of state at a nuclear summit in The...
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Merkel backs call for EU school lessons to counter ‘growing Euro-skepticism’

    03/07/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00PM GMT 07 Mar 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    School students should be given a “European Union education” in the classroom to tackle “ignorance” and growing public Euro-skepticism, according to an election manifesto signed by Angela Merkel and eight other of Europe's leaders. The European People’s Party (EPP), the EU’s biggest political grouping, is convinced such a program would improve the public image of Brussels, which has never been lower. Its manifesto for May’s European elections calls for the introduction of “EU education in schools across Europe in order to prepare the next generation for future challenges and to nurture a European approach”. […] Rather than scaling back the...
  • Radical Femen Leader Plans US Feminist Outpost

    03/01/2014 1:38:14 PM PST · by Hacksaw · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2014 | ELAINE GANLEY
    She quickly seduced French officialdom after arriving from Ukraine, winning political asylum within a year of her application. Her visage, framed in blond hair crowned with flowers, helped inspire France's latest postage stamp. Few French people knew back then that they were dealing with a radical soldier for the feminist cause, in town to organize the ranks of women for a radical insurgency with bare breasts as weapons. The sweet start for 23-year-old Inna Shevchenko is souring. The defiant chief of the Ukraine-born Femen movement now risks up to five years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($103,000) fine for bashing...
  • Merkel backs Kerry’s US Middle East peace bid

    02/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. “We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast. …
  • ‘Significant Escalation’: Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

    02/18/2014 5:18:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 18, 2014 – 05:33 PM | Ralf Neukirch
    German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. […] Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman—with whom (German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter) Steinmeier already had a tepid relationship—read out a laundry list of complaints to his colleague from Berlin. It even included lesser issues, like research and scientific cooperation, an area in which Israel claims Germany is imposing unacceptable conditions. Lieberman said Berlin often hides behind European Union positions rather than presenting its own views....
  • Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA

    02/17/2014 6:40:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.02,14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating “safe communication networks” in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal. She said in her weekly podcast on Sunday (16 February) that: “We will speak to France about this and about all things regarding what kind of European providers we have who can offer security for our citizens: So [that] we don’t even have to go with our emails and other information over the Atlantic, but that we can set up safe communication networks within Europe.” She noted the EU is currently in...
  • F*** the EU: Russia suspected of leaking tape of U.S. diplomat letting rip on Ukraine crisis

    02/09/2014 11:31:25 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 2/6/2014 | Tamara Cohen
    The US government’s top official in Europe risked triggering a diplomatic crisis after she was caught on tape saying ‘F*** the EU’. Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European Affairs, made the comment while discussing how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine which is gripped by fierce protests. But her private telephone conversation with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to the country, appears to have been intercepted and uploaded onto Youtube by an anonymous user. In it, she tells her colleague about discussions with other top American officials about how to end the deadlock, and how she wants...
  • Leaked Recordings Lay Bare E.U. and U.S. Divisions in Goals for Ukraine

    02/08/2014 12:41:02 PM PST · by Monterrosa-24 · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Alison Smale
    ...Illustrating how testy relations with Washington have become, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, earlier the target of American monitoring of her cellphone, issued an unusually sharp statement saying that Ms. Nuland’s remarks were “completely unacceptable.”...
  • Angela Merkel condemns EU insult

    02/08/2014 6:01:48 AM PST · by Altenkrug · 9 replies
    Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is "totally unacceptable". Victoria Nuland has apologised after she referred disparagingly to the EU's role during a conversation said to be with the US ambassador to Ukraine. Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is "totally unacceptable". Victoria Nuland has apologised after she referred disparagingly to the EU's role during a conversation said to be with the US ambassador to Ukraine. A recording of the exchange was...
  • German coalition squabbles over EU immigration

    01/06/2014 12:14:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Associated Press
    Germany’s governing coalition is squabbling over calls to restrict welfare payments to European immigrants as the continent’s labor markets open to Romanians and Bulgarians.
  • Angela Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall

    01/06/2014 12:07:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 January 2014 | unattributed
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured a bone in her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland, her spokesman says. She will have to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and several visits will be cancelled, Steffen Seibert said. She also suffered heavy bruising in the accident, in the alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland. Ms Merkel was not skiing fast at the time, the spokesman added. He called the injury "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis". Immediately after the accident, during the Christmas......
  • European Banking Union is Unfit for the Next Crisis

    12/21/2013 6:47:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here is an interesting article in Der Spiegel Online that echoes recent statements of mine. Please consider Der Spiegel Online article: Not Fit for the Next Crisis: Europe's Brittle Banking Union. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has negotiated a European banking union suited perfectly to his country's tastes. It looks like a victory, but it could prove to be very expensive if Europe or Germany face another financial crisis. Will, Not If I could easily stop right there, with slight modifications as follows: "It will prove to be very expensive when Europe or Germany face another financial crisis." Nonetheless, let's...
  • Merkel to pick popular woman ally as defense minister

    12/15/2013 10:31:42 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | Erik Kirschbaum
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is expected to name Ursula von der Leyen as her new defense minister when she presents her cabinet list on Sunday, a surprise choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner to succeed the chancellor.
  • Forbes: Putin and Merkel Most Powerful People in the World

    10/31/2013 4:49:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    European Observer ^ | October 31, 2013 | Valentina Pop
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin has trumped US President Barack Obama as the most powerful man in the world, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains her title as the world's most powerful woman, according to a yearly ranking published by Forbes magazine on Wednesday (30 October). With his signature healthcare legislation under fire, allies outraged over spying and a barely-averted default on US debt, Obama can no longer be seen as the most powerful man in the world, Forbes editors write. "It appears that President Obama's lame duck period has set in earlier than usual for a two-term president, causing him...
  • Insight: Merkel’s Europe—how her men run Brussels

    10/28/2013 11:21:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:42am EDT | John O’Donnell
    In Brussels, Germans have shrugged off their postwar reserve and make no apology for shaping Europe’s future, taking key posts in EU institutions and pushing Berlin’s trade interests with vigor.As Angela Merkel forms a new coalition government after a third successive election triumph, the conservative chancellor can build on efforts, in place since her first term in 2005, that have increased not just the number of Germans in senior jobs in Brussels but the extent to which they answer to Berlin. And where that fails to ensure EU policy acceptable to the bloc’s biggest economy, Merkel has shown she is...
  • Germany to Israel: Attend UN Human Rights Council—Or Else

    10/28/2013 9:35:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 10/27/2013, 1:39 PM | Tora Dvorin
    Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has warned Israel to face a periodic United Nations Human Rights Council (U.N.H.R.C.) Periodic Review—or face severe diplomatic consequences, according to a Haaretz report (Sunday). … In a personal letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Westerwelle warned that Israel’s failure to attend the periodic evaluation—a review infamous for its anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian measures—would alienate Israel’s allies and cause “severe diplomatic damage”, Haaretz reports. …