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  • Steinmeier considers weapons exports to Iraq (Germany foreign minister)

    08/14/2014 6:52:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies ^ | 14 Aug 2014 11:16 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The conflict against religious minorities in Iraq has more officials speaking out in support of exporting arms to the marginalized groups. “As long as the threat is holding, I will not rule out the option that [Germany] will also deliver weapons,” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the evening news program Heutejournal on Wednesday night. “The brutality of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) could make it necessary.” Steinmeier voiced his options despite opposition from his own party, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), which principally bans the sales of arms into conflict zones. …
  • 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”. …
  • German FM calls upon Israel to make tough decisions

    02/23/2014 10:22:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 9:58 AM EST
    Germany’s foreign minister says his country vigorously supports U.S.-mediated peace talks and encourages Israel to take the “difficult but necessary decisions” to make them succeed. […] Germany is Israel’s closest European ally and the two governments hold a joint Cabinet session each year. But tensions have arisen of late over Israel’s West Bank settlement policies. …
  • Steinmeier: Israeli settlements hurt peace (Germany’s foreign minister)

    01/14/2014 9:41:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 14 Jan 2014 08:22 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Israel’s ongoing settlement construction is damaging efforts to reach a negotiated peace agreement, visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday. Berlin’s top diplomat was in Israel for a 24-hour visit to discuss the peace process, which was largely overshadowed by the death at the weekend of Israel’s controversial former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was laid to rest on Monday. […] But the German diplomat dodged a question on possible European Union sanctions against Israel, saying only that he would discuss the matter of settlements with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman when they met later on Monday. …
  • World needs a 'New Green Deal' after Obama win: German FM

    11/06/2008 3:07:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 599+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/08 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) – The world has to work more closely together on the environment to create a "New Green Deal" after Barack Obama's US election victory, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday. "Climate change is one of the challenges which we can either solve together or fail on together," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at an environment conference in Freiburg, southern Germany. "The world needs a New Green Deal!"
  • Georgia: Europe unites to condemn Kremlin

    08/27/2008 9:14:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 123+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2008 | Con Coughlin in Kiev, Adrian Blomfield in Tbilisi and Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
    David Miliband joined a chorus of Western leaders to condemn Russia, accusing the Kremlin of jeopardising European security by recognising Georgia's two breakaway regions. Speaking in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, the Foreign Secretary said that Russia was "more isolated, less trusted and less respected" as a result of its actions in Georgia. These breached a United Nations Resolution, approved by Moscow last April, which reaffirmed Georgia's sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mr Miliband placed the onus for avoiding a new Cold War firmly on President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia. "The Russian President says he is not afraid of a new...
  • German FM cancels Syria trip in wake of Assad speech

    08/15/2006 10:55:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1,044+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 8/15/6 | Eli Ashkenazi, Haaretz Service, and The Associated Press
    Peretz: We must create conditions for talks with Syria - Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Tuesday that a resumption of talks with Syria was still possible, a day after a cease-fire brought to an end the month-long conflict with the Syrian-backed Hezbollah organization in Lebanon. "Every war creates an opportunity for a new political process. and I am sure that our enemies understand today they cannot defeat us by force," Peretz said. "We must hold a dialogue with Lebanon, and we should create the conditions for dialogue also with Syria." Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday hailed Hezbollah's "achievements" in...
  • Latest Developments in Iran Standoff

    01/18/2006 10:01:39 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 21 replies · 616+ views
    Wednesday's developments in diplomatic efforts on halting Iran's quest for nuclear technology: • Europe, backed by the United States, rejected Iran's request for talks on its nuclear program, cranking up international pressure on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment.• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said "there's not much to talk about" until Iran halts nuclear activity, saying the Islamic republic and its current leaders are not trusted with such technology. Rice met in Washington with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana. • Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused the West of acting like the "lord of the world" in...