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  • Germany by far most admired country, with US, China and Russia vying for second – global poll

    Germany is the most admired country in the world for the third year running, leaving the US in a tight battle for distant second place with China and Russia, according to a new global leadership poll. The annual poll, conducted by Gallup, casts more doubt on US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s claim on Friday that the US was “perfectly positioned” to lead the free world in a new ideological rivalry with the Chinese Communist Party. The US had a 33% global approval rating for 2019, just one percentage point ahead of China and 3% ahead of Russia. Germany outshines...
  • Bitter coronavirus summit exposes trust deficit among EU leaders

    07/19/2020 9:44:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/19/2020
    [T]he latest three-day gathering of EU leaders, with a €1.8tn (£1.6tn) financial plan at stake, may be one of the most acrimonious yet. Dinner on the first evening was “a bit surly” according to Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, after other leaders rounded on him over his insistence on being able to veto others’ access to a €750bn coronavirus recovery fund, if their economic reforms were deemed inadequate. Bulgaria’s prime minister, Boyko Borissov, accused Rutte of wanting to be “the police of Europe”, while Poland’s leader, Mateusz Morawiecki, called Rutte and his “frugal” north European allies “misers”. The second big...
  • Angela Merkel says Britain will have to 'live with the consequences' of Boris Johnson's decision to loosen economic ties with the EU as German leader hardens her Brexit stance

    06/27/2020 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:11 EDT, 26 June 2020 | Sam Blitz
    Angela Merkel announced Britain will have to “live with the consequences” of a distant relationship with the European Union in the event of a no-deal exit. Unlike his predecessor Theresa May, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has scrapped the idea of maintaining close economic ties with the EU after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. The UK recently rejected a EU deal surrounding environmental and consumer protections and workplace rights, and Mrs. Merkel has now hardened her stance as Germany prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the EU. The German chancellor told the media on Friday:...
  • Merkel Pushes E.U. 'Global Government' Role: The World Needs More Europe.....

    06/18/2020 5:04:43 AM PDT · by caww · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/18/2020 | SIMON KENT
    Merkel outlined her objectives Thursday for Germany’s forthcoming 6-month presidency of the EU, saying a more Global role and Enhanced International Governance are a way forward. This is not the first time Merkel has touted an E.U. global role...Her simple solution remains: more E.U. in more places more often. The presidency of the Council of the European Union passes among member states on a rotating basis and lasts for a six-month period, with Germany taking the role from July 1 until the end of the year.
  • Germany's Merkel 'cannot confirm' her attendance at G7 summit in US during coronavirus pandemic

    05/30/2020 1:13:17 PM PDT · by wanganghi · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/30/2020 | Nadine Schmidt
    (CNN)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel "cannot confirm" that she will attend a possible G7 summit of world leaders in Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson at the Chancellery said Saturday. US President Donald Trump has said the event could be hosted in Washington in late June, having previously announced in March that the summit would be held virtually. "The Chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit in Washington at the end of June," Merkel's spokesperson said in a statement. "As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot confirm her personal participation, that is,...
  • Angela Merkel rejects Trump's G7 summit invite: report

    05/30/2020 9:18:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.30.2020 | see/dr (Reuters, dpa)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not travel to Washington at US President Donald Trump’s request to attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Washington DC, according to a report from Politico on Friday. “The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told the outlet. “As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington,” Seibert said. Trump has been rallying behind the idea of hosting a G7 summit in person, months after...
  • Merkel rebuffs Trump invitation to G7 summit

    05/30/2020 4:34:36 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 38 replies
    Politico via MSN ^ | 5/30/20 | Matthew Karnitschnig, David M. Herszenhorn, Jacopo Barigazzi and Andrew Gray
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuffed Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a G7 summit, which the president is keen to portray as a symbol of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis. "The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington. As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told POLITICO Friday.
  • German business gaining traction in China again: DIHK

    05/22/2020 4:01:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies ^ | MAY 21, 2020 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German exporters are regaining momentum in their trade with China, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Martin Wansleben, managing director of Germany’s DIHK chambers of industry and commerce, told Reuters on Thursday. German manufacturers depend on both demand and supply chains from China, their country’s biggest trading partner. “In China, the economic trough seems to have bottomed out,” Wansleben said, adding that “70 to 80% of German companies are able to produce and deliver again in the Middle Kingdom”.
  • Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe”

    05/21/2020 1:05:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe” MAY 21, 2020 4:00 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “75 years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler’s dream! To control Europe,” wrote Michael Zammit Tabona. Tabona was blasted by the Malta News Agency for sharing views similar to those of the “far right,” anti-migration Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former Deputy Prime Minister, who once declared that he wanted nothing to do with Merkel, as well as French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, for ruining Europe. Tabona’s views may not have been...
  • Merkel scorns 'discussion orgies' as German shops reopen

    04/20/2020 6:45:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | April 20, 2020 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her frustration in a party meeting on Monday that moves to edge Germany out of lockdown had led to “discussion orgies” in some regions that risked higher rates of coronavirus infection, German media reported. Some German retailers began reopening on Monday, along with car and bicycle dealers, and bookstores, under an agreement Merkel reached with state leaders last Wednesday.
  • Germany raids sites linked to Hezbollah, extends ban

    05/01/2020 10:09:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies ^ | April 30th 2020 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police raided five sites linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as authorities announced Thursday that they were banning activities by its political wing in Germany. The raids, intended to prevent evidence about possible front organizations being destroyed, took place at mosques and community centers in Berlin, Bremen, Muenster, Recklinghausen and Dortmund.
  • Germany's Merkel calls for 'climate-friendly' coronavirus response

    04/28/2020 11:42:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.28.2020 | dj/wmr (dpa, Reuters)
    The world must “keep a close eye on climate protection” as it faces the economic fallout of the pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, speaking remotely for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. “We need a financial market that provides cheap capital for climate-friendly investments,” said Merkel, during an address for the annual event usually held in Berlin. Merkel also called for climate action to be included as part of economic reconstruction plans following the pandemic, including investments in future-oriented technologies such as renewable energy. In a video address following Merkel, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the pandemic had “exposed...
  • What’s the best way to lift a coronavirus lockdown? Germany could have the answers

    04/20/2020 11:49:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | APR 21 2020 | Holly Ellyat
    While much of western Europe has struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Germany has appeared to navigate the outbreak relatively smoothly, with widespread testing and contact tracing that has helped keep its death rate far lower than its peers. Perhaps, then, it’s time to look to Germany for how to lift the lockdown too. On Monday, Germany started to tentatively lift its restrictions, with smaller retailers of under 800 square meters being allowed to reopen, as long as hygiene and social distancing measures could be maintained. Larger car dealerships, bike shops and book shops have also been allowed to open...
  • Coronavirus: Angela Merkel's approval ratings up amid health crisis [?]

    04/02/2020 11:41:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.03.2020 | Sabine Kinkartz
    Week-long curfews, the curtailing of civil liberties, shuttered shops and restaurants, apps that track peoples’ movements, and unprecedented public debt are themes we might encounter in dystopian movies. But these days, with the German government imposing ever stricter measures to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, such flicks pale in comparison with reality. Yet most Germans of voting age approve of the measures imposed, according to a survey commissioned by public broadcaster ARD and conducted by infratest dimap. Across the political spectrum, Germans deem the steps taken appropriate. Indeed, 72% of those surveyed said they are satisfied with...
  • German minister Thomas Schaefer commits suicide over 'coronavirus worries'

    03/29/2020 7:39:06 PM PDT · by Wallace T. · 58 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 29, 2020 | The Associated Press
    Berlin: The state finance minister of Germany's Hesse region, which includes Frankfurt, has been found dead. Authorities said he appears to have killed himself and the state's governor suggested Sunday that he was in despair over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. The body of Thomas Schaefer, a 54-year-old member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, was found Saturday on railway tracks at Hochheim, near Frankfurt. German minister Thomas Schaefer commits suicide over coronavirus worries, body found on railway tracks File image of Thomas Schäfer (CDU), Minister of Finance of Hesse. AP
  • Merkel shines in handling of Germany’s coronavirus crisis

    03/29/2020 4:46:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | March 29, 2020
    In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens’ reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging as a woman who grew up in communist East Germany how difficult it is to give up freedoms, yet as a trained scientist emphasizing that the facts don’t lie. Then, wearing the same blue pantsuit from the televised address, the 65-year-old popped into her local supermarket to pick up food, wine and toilet paper to take back to her Berlin apartment. Merkel has run Germany for more than 14 years...
  • Angela Merkel says the coronavirus will have Germans working in solidarity as not seen since World War II

    03/18/2020 3:33:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 19, 2020 | Brett T.
    German President Angela Merkel made a statement about Germany’s response to the COVID-19 crisis Wednesday and perhaps picked the wrong analogy, saying that not since World War II has something required the Germans to work together in solidarity for a common cause.
  • Merkel: Germany must do more on gender equality

    03/07/2020 8:33:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.07.2020 | dr/mm (dpa, KNA, epd)
    Gender equality is an issue for men, not just women, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly video podcast published on Saturday. “Because we can only achieve equal participation of women in working life if men are involved with homemaking, support, care and also the upbringing of children,” she said. Merkel stressed that enforcing equality remains a major issue in Germany, noting the gap between working men and women. “Today, 76% of working-age women are employed,” Merkel said. “That is significantly more than a few years ago, but still less than that for men of the same age. It is...
  • Merkel's successor steps down

    02/10/2020 3:09:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/2/20 | Nissan Tzur
    The woman who was widely seen as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chosen successor will not lead her crisis-racked CDU party into upcoming elections, a party source told AFP on Monday. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, took over from Merkel as CDU chairwoman and presumed shoo-in for chancellor in 2018 but “has now said she will not be a candidate for the chancellery”, the source said. She made the surprise announcement after telling a crunch CDU meeting that the center-right party had “an unresolved relationship” with the far-right AfD party and the far left. It comes after an election debacle in...
  • Merkel in Davos: 'Our mistake was not being prepared for refugee crisis'

    01/23/2020 7:47:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.23.2020 | Elizabeth Schumacher, Kate Martyr
    In a wide-ranging speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted that Germany had made a mistake during the 2015 refugee crisis. Not, she said, by welcoming asylum-seekers fleeing conflict, but by not preparing for their arrival as civil conflicts began cropping up across the Middle East and northern Africa. “The mistake was not to have paid attention to create an environment where people can stay in their own country,” the chancellor said. She warned that the mistake should not be repeated with Libya, where the conflict between the UN-backed government and rival...