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  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 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...
  • Germans want cooler relations with USA

    09/11/2014 3:33:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Sep 2014 15:32 GMT+02:00 | Tom Bristow
    Germans want more independence from the United States in security and diplomacy affairs, according to a major survey released on Wednesday, which showed negative attitudes towards the USA have hardened. The study from the German Marshall Fund (GMF) think-tank showed for the first time in the history of the survey that a majority of Germans wanted their country to take a more independent approach from the United States in security and diplomacy. According to the 13th Transatlantic Trends survey, 57 percent opted for a more independent approach, up from 17 percent in 2013. Just 19 percent of Germans said they...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Merkel: Germany no place for anti-Semitism

    09/06/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 7:32 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the country’s citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak. Merkel said Saturday she will do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany. …
  • 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...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 81 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • The West 's green light for the federalization of Ukraine and its dependence on Russia

    08/27/2014 12:56:33 AM PDT · by se99tp · 53 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 27th, 2014
    Current political situation suggests that the silent permission of West for a federalization of Ukraine may be already a fact. Russia is restoring its political, military and economic influence on one more state closer to the border with the Pre-1989 West. It may not be unrealistic to think that if the pragmatic Germany sold Ukraine to Putin, unimpressed by the incredible price it paid in blood for an independence of the KGB regime in Moscow, Berlin can also trade the other political achievements of Ronald Reagan with Russia.
  • Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union (i.e. Putin’s new USSR)

    08/25/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.08.14 @ 13:25 | Valentina Pop and Andrew Rettman
    Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday (24 August), the German chancellor said her visit to Kiev on Saturday was designed to prepare for peace talks between Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk on Tuesday, but warned the public not to expect a “breakthrough”. She mentioned Ukrainian “decentralization”, a deal on gas prices, and Ukraine’s “trade relations” with Russia as elements that could bring about an accord. “And if...
  • Why Merkel Has the Clout to End the Ukraine Crisis

    08/24/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | David Francis
    As the crisis in Ukraine continues with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s contempt of the west growing, it’s becoming clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a key player if the crisis is to be resolved without a wider conflict. Since the crisis began, Merkel has played the stern headmaster to the United States and Russia, which appear more as squabbling students than world powers. Amid heated rhetoric coming from both Washington and Moscow, Merkel has been measured, chastising Russia when necessary, but calling for restraint from countries eager to punish Russia. Related: Putin Wants Eastern Ukraine. Let Him Have...
  • Germany Is Telling Ukraine To Back Off Crushing Pro-Russian Rebels Or Else Putin Will Get Mad

    08/22/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOAH BARKIN AND RICHARD BALMFORTH
    BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader. As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first...
  • Merkel sets limits to NATO solidarity with Baltic states

    08/21/2014 3:16:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19.08.14 @ 09:21 | Andrew Rettman
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has said NATO will defend Baltic states if need be, but will not build permanent military bases in the region. She spoke on Monday (18 August) on a visit to Riga in which she also laid a wreath at the Freedom Monument, a memorial to the Latvian War of Independence against Russia in 1918. “I want to stress that … Article V of the NATO contract—the duty to provide mutual support—is not something which just exists on paper, but is also something which must be filled with life”, she told press after meeting Latvian prime minister...
  • Russia push into Ukraine ‘unacceptable’: Germany

    08/11/2014 12:45:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Aug 2014 09:52 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Russian intervention in Ukraine, including for expressed humanitarian purposes is “unacceptable” without Kiev’s authorization, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her US counterpart Barack Obama agreed in a telephone call Saturday. Such a move “violates international law, and will provoke additional consequences,” the White House said in a statement afterwards, referencing the numerous economic sanctions already in place against Moscow. …
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • Birthday tributes display Merkel’s power

    07/19/2014 8:24:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.07.14 @ 09:51 | Valentina Pop
    The celebration began on Wednesday evening during an EU summit: a box of Belgian pralines (that she won’t touch given her diet); a bunch of flowers; champagne; and a German football shirt signed by all EU leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned 60 on Thursday (17 July), but kept her cool, no-frills attitude towards the wave of tributes. […] With unmatched popularity rates and the status of the longest-serving and most powerful of EU leaders, Merkel has achieved remarkable success after starting out as a scientist in the then East Germany. A Forsa poll on Wednesday showed that after more...
  • Berlin optimistic following Juncker victory (European Union)

    07/17/2014 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/07/2014 - 09:04 | Dario Sarmadi
    After Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to the Commission Presidency in Strasbourg on Tuesday (15 July), excitement in Germany was felt across party lines. “(It’s) A good sign for Europe’s capacity to act,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented. “He will receive our total support,” said the country’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. For the first time, European citizens have had direct influence on the appointment of the EU top job—and they successfully asserted their choice, Steinmeier said optimistically. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, spoke of a “historic day for European Democracy”. …
  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Justin Sink
    “political temper tantrum” after ordering the CIA station chief to leave the country over allegations the U.S. had recruited two government officials to spy. “It just doesn't seem like a very adult reaction to expel the CIA chief from Germany,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “And it's concerning and it's a political temper tantrum like I've never seen before that I think is not productive, it is jeopardizing both intelligence cooperation and relationships with beyond the intelligence relationship between America and Germany.” Rogers said the expulsion, announced earlier this week, was “a huge deal,” and said he was...
  • German government spokesman: Merkel and Putin may meet on sidelines of World Cup Final

    07/11/2014 7:02:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:59am EDT | Alexandra Hudson and Annika Breidthardt
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel may hold brief talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both attend the soccer World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, Merkel’s spokesman said on Friday. […] Merkel is traveling to Rio de Janeiro to see Germany play Argentina in the final, and Putin is attending because Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018. …
  • Germany’s Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

    07/11/2014 6:04:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 10, 2014 – 05:48 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister
    For decades, Germany’s position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? […] On the one hand, Germans are disappointed by the Americans and their unceasing surveillance activities. At the same time, they have demonstrated a surprising level of sympathy for the Russians and their president, Vladimir Putin, in the Ukraine crisis. This raises the fundamental question of Germany’s national identity. In the long run, Germans will have to decide which side they prefer. …
  • Spying Case Left Obama in Dark, U.S. Officials Say

    07/09/2014 3:29:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-8-14 | MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama placed a call to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany last Thursday, he had a busy agenda: to consult with a close ally and to mobilize wavering Europeans to put more pressure on Russia to end its covert incursions in Ukraine. What Mr. Obama did not know was that a day earlier, a young German intelligence operative had been arrested and had admitted that he had been passing secrets to the Central Intelligence Agency. While Ms. Merkel chose not to raise the issue during the call, the fact that the president was kept in the dark...
  • Merkel argues for sustainability, economic growth

    07/08/2014 2:31:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 8, 2014 3:06 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese youth on Tuesday to help protect the environment and conserve energy, telling a group of elite university students that sustainability does not have to come at the cost of economic growth and can ensure a better world. In a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities, Merkel said it does not make sense to separate economic performance, environmental protection and social responsibility. “Sustainable development does not sacrifice economic growth. This is a misunderstanding. Sustainable development gives us a new opportunity to create wealth,” Merkel said at the end of...
  • Hillary Clinton says Merkel is Europe’s ‘greatest leader’

    07/07/2014 2:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 6, 2014 1:47pm BST | Stephen Brown and Reuters TV
    Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton called Chancellor Angela Merkel “the greatest leader in Europe” during a visit to Berlin on Sunday and said it was high time America had a woman leader too, though without confirming she would seek the job. Clinton also referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “tough customer with a pretty thin skin” in an appearance at a Berlin theater to promote her new book, “Hard Choices”. …
  • China to receive Merkel with military honors

    07/05/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jul 2014 08:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to China this weekend for her seventh visit, eager to deepen trade and investment ties between the export powerhouses of Europe and Asia. For the EU’s biggest economy, China is a crucial mass market, where companies want its technology and millions of newly prosperous crave German goods from Audi sedans to luxury home appliances. […] China is Germany’s number-two export market outside Europe after the United States. It sold goods worth €67 billion to China last year, while imports from the Asian giant topped €73 billion. …
  • 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...
  • Cameron denies being 'humiliated' over EC Juncker vote

    07/01/2014 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 June 2014 | bbc
    David Cameron has suffered "utter humiliation" over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Ed Miliband has claimed. The Labour leader told MPs the PM's renegotiation strategy for the UK in Europe was now "in tatters".
  • Merkel takes boat trip with Juncker opponents (EU Commission president horse-trading)

    06/10/2014 3:23:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/10/14 @ 09:27 | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a trip in Sweden listened to British, Swedish and Dutch arguments against appointing Jean-Claude Juncker as the next EU commission chief. Invited by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Merkel joined her counterparts from Britain and the Netherlands for a two-day trip complete with a lake boat excursion at Reinfeldt’s summer residence in Harpsund, near Stockholm. The four leaders were set to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning after their talks. Officially, the Juncker appointment was not on the agenda. […] Nominating top candidates, a novelty which EU political families and the European Parliament came...
  • Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

    06/09/2014 1:57:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 07, 2014 – 12:14 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    The fight over who will become the next Commission president has reached Berlin. And that means that an issue that was already one of the most complicated that Merkel has ever faced has become even more so. The number of contradictory interests is unusually large. She wants to keep Britain in the European Union, she doesn’t want to antagonize the SPD, she doesn’t want to anger people within her own party and she doesn’t want to be seen as the one who ignored the election result and prevented election victor Jean-Claude Juncker from taking what many see as his rightful...
  • 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...
  • Aging Germany lowers retirement age

    05/23/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 May 2014 15:48 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German lawmakers approved on Friday a major pensions overhaul, criticized by many, including within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, as making little economic sense in a rapidly aging country. The new rules will allow some workers to retire at the age of 63, while the norm of 67 is being progressively phased in for workers in Europe’s top economy after a 2007 change. […] Critics, including from abroad, have also pointed to the paradox of Germany now lowering its retirement age after having pressed its partners in Europe during the debt and financial crisis not to permit the same. Even former...
  • Merkel: Voters elect next [EU] commission chief ‘in principle’ (no they do not)

    05/22/2014 1:52:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 22.05.14 @ 21:47 | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 May) made conciliatory gestures towards the European Parliament on the election of the next commission president after Sunday's EU elections. In an interview with Passauer Neue Presse, Merkel said that voters in the EU elections can bring their contribution to furthering the European project. “A clear qualitative improvement is that, in principle, the Commission president gets elected,” she said. …
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • Merkel: We want close ties with Russia

    05/16/2014 12:36:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 May 2014 08:33 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that despite the Ukraine crisis, a “close partnership” with Russia should continue “in the medium and long term”. She stressed that, for this to be possible, “there must be a minimum of common values, translated into concrete policy,” a newspaper quoted her as saying. […] Asked about her reported comment to US President Barack Obama that Putin “lives in another word”, she offered no denial but said diplomatically that “Putin has a different view of some problems than I, the (German) government and a majority of our partners”. …
  • German N-TV Phone Poll Shows 89% Back Putin’s Ukraine Policy

    05/14/2014 8:38:26 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    RIAN ^ | May 13, 2014
    MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti) – A phone opinion poll conducted by the German TV channel N-TV has yielded a surprise finding that 89 percent of its viewers sympathize with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy on Ukraine. A poll on Russia’s handling of the Ukraine crisis by the Berlin-based N-TV went spectacularly wrong in the channel’s opinion, when the majority of its audience said “yes” to the question “Do you have understanding for Putin’s policy?” The response was indeed so baffling that the poll was wiped off the N-TV home page the same day, but not before some people managed...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • Merkel defends Germany’s early retirement plans

    05/10/2014 12:20:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2014 9:32 AM EDT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending plans to allow some Germans to retire on full pensions at 63 and insisting they won’t stop her advocating painful reforms in other countries. Germany is raising the retirement age gradually to 67 from 65 but the government plans, at the insistence of Merkel’s new center-left coalition partners, to allow people who’ve paid into the pension system for 45 years to retire at 63 without taking a financial hit. …
  • Merkel's Own Party Has Misgivings on Russia Sanctions

    05/07/2014 6:46:52 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    WSJ ONline ^ | 5/6/2014 | Bertrand Benoit
    Parliamentary Leaders Decline to Discipline Opponents of Sanctions, Military Monitoring BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to pressure Russia aren't facing only resistant businesses and skeptical voters. Her own party is now having misgivings too. Ms. Merkel threatened Moscow with sweeping economic sanctions after meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday. Yet on Tuesday, the parliamentary leadership of her conservative parties declined to discipline its foreign-policy spokesman—an opponent of sanctions against Russia—for attending a birthday party alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg last week. Another senior conservative lawmaker, who criticized a German-led military-monitoring mission to eastern Ukraine...
  • Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

    05/06/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 5/5/2014 | By SPIEGEL Staff
    There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish. In the world of diplomacy, moments of candor are rare, obscured as they are behind a veil of amicability and friendly gestures. It was no different last Friday at the meeting between US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington. Obama welcomed Merkel by calling her "one of my closest partners" and a "friend" and took...
  • Why Germans Love Russia

    05/05/2014 10:49:54 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 65 replies
    NYT ^ | May 5, 2014 | Clemens Wergin
    BERLIN — Like most foreign-policy experts, I was shocked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its continuing “soft invasion” of eastern Ukraine. Can such a naked land grab really be happening now, in 21st-century Europe? But Russia’s actions were not the only surprise. If you have followed the German debate about the Ukraine crisis, you have witnessed another strange phenomenon: a parade of former politicians and public figures going on TV to make the case for Russia. According to these august figures — including former Chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Helmut Schmidt — NATO and the European Union were the real...
  • Germany fumes over McCain’s Merkel attack

    05/03/2014 11:08:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2014 14:56 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German lawmakers fumed on Friday over “vicious” criticism by senior US senators of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on Ukraine ahead of talks she will hold with US President Barack Obama. John McCain, a former Republican candidate for the White House, on Thursday accused Merkel of standing in the way of firmer measures against Russia over its actions in Ukraine due to Berlin’s lucrative business ties with Moscow. “I would tell her that I am not surprised but embarrassed at their failure of leadership. They’re the leaders, they’re being governed by the industrial complex from Germany,” McCain said. Republican Senator Jeff...
  • 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. …
  • 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.
  • Can Angela Merkel prevent a new Cold War?

    03/27/2014 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | BY ANTHEE CARASSAVA
    ATHENS — For all the chest-thumping and heated rhetoric between President Obama and President Vladimir Putin of Russia in recent weeks, efforts by the West to make Moscow’s maverick leader pay for pushing his forces through Crimea have failed — miserably. U.S. and European officials already acknowledge that Crimea is a lost cause, and some assert that Putin’s lightning takeover and annexation of the peninsula mark the start of a new Cold War. The challenge now, experts explain, is stopping Russia’s capricious autocrat of 14 years from further destabilizing Ukraine. That means stiffer sanctions if Putin provokes further trouble. But...
  • 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...
  • Angela Merkel declares G8 defunct; Europe scrambles to replace Russian gas

    03/20/2014 7:18:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2013 | Bruce McQuain
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the G8 to be dead, thanks to Russia’s take over of the Crimea: German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the Group of Eight leading nations defunct given the current crisis in Ukraine, in a clear message to Russia that the world’s seven other major industrialized countries consider its actions in Ukraine unacceptable. “As long as there is no political environment for such an important political format as the G-8, the G-8 doesn’t exist anymore, not the summit nor the format,” said Ms. Merkel, in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. “Russia is widely isolated in all international...
  • Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

    03/18/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Mar 2014 15:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia’s absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law. […] Merkel stressed that international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared that view. …
  • 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...
  • 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. …
  • 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...
  • Official in Merkel’s bureau meets with anti-Zionist Jews (“Neturei Karta”)

    02/03/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.03.14, 14:17 | Eldad Beck
    A high-ranking official in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bureau met with representatives of the radical, anti-Zionist Neturei Karta haredi group on International Holocaust Day last week. The official met with four members of the group in Berlin when they were protesting the existence of the State of Israel and the Zionist exploitation of the Holocaust for political reasons. Ynet revealed that the official is a department head in the chancellor’s bureau, and against convention met with them openly. Members of Neturei Karta confirmed that the purpose of the meeting was to make it clear to the Germans that Zionism doesn’t...