Posts tagged as Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel’s Council presidency will be a critical test for EU solidarity

By Martin Schirdewan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Germany is taking over the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1. In terms of timing, it could not be more crucial. All eyes will be on how Chancellor Angela Merkel handles Europe’s recovery efforts during this “Corona presidency.” The fallout from the most serious health crisis in a century will dominate affairs but other issues such as Brexit, workers’ rights, the climate crisis, and migration have not gone…

Did Dalia Grybauskaitė, Angela Merkel and Theresa May go to the same school?

Friday, May 15, 2020

An old photo, allegedly of Lithuania’s former president and leaders of Germany and the UK, keeps circulating online, spawning controversies that the three women are part of a global conspiracy. The black-and-white photo of three teenaged girls, alongside present-day images of Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the UK’s former prime minister Theresa May, started circulating on Lithuanian social media last month. “That’s how things truly…

EU summit suspended amid deadlock over top job candidates

Monday, July 1, 2019

Almost a full day after sitting down to pick candidates for the European Union’s prime political posts, weary EU leaders broke off their talks Monday amid deep divisions over who should run the European project for at least the next five years. After a full night of one-on-one meetings, trilateral talks, and group discussions — including sitting down over breakfast — EU Council President Donald Tusk called a halt, and…

Kersti Kaljulaid meets German chancellor, discusses e-state and Ukraine

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid was in Germany Tuesday, meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, where she discussed the Estonian e-state, Ukraine, Russia and spoke at a high-level conference. The visit was the first stop-off on a three-nation set of official trips, which will take her to Slovenia and U.S. later this week. President Kaljulaid was a keynote speaker at the “Day of German Industry” conference, the Federation of German Industries’ (BDI) main…

Angela Merkel promises stability in spite of Social Democratic Party losing their leader

Monday, June 3, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the government coalition will continue working in spite of the fact that Social Democratic Party’s leader Andrea Nahles has decided to step down, BBC reports. «I would like to say on behalf of the government, we will continue the government’s work with all seriousness. We will above all do it with a great sense of responsibility,» Merkel said. Angela Merkel said she respects Nahles’ «far…

US exit from NATO

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, January 18, 2019

Last year, US President Donald Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump several times privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. D.Trump repeatedly accused Europe of exploiting the United States, because most NATO members spend less than 2 percent of GDP on defence. He especially annoyed with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Was Merkel’s G20 plane SABOTAGED?

Friday, November 30, 2018

German investigators are probing whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane was sabotaged after her flight to the G20 summit in Argentina had to make a dramatic emergency landing last night. Authorities are investigating whether the incident had a ‘criminal background’ after the Airbus A340 government plane was forced to land shortly after taking off from Berlin on Thursday. Reports in Germany said the aircraft’s entire communications system broke down, forcing the crew…

Poroshenko’s promises, Merkel’s disappointment

Friday, November 2, 2018

Angela Merkel has visited Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, who is in the midst of an election campaign. There’s disappointment in Kyiv at his failure to implement reforms, and hopes of EU-style democracy are fading. The German chancellor’s visit to Kyiv can safely be filed under the heading of “reliable diplomacy.” Since early 2016, when Angela Merkel committed Germany to long-term engagement with Ukraine by supporting the second Minsk peace agreement, there’s been…

Merkel’s partners lose historic majority in Bavaria state election

Monday, October 15, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s partner party suffered their worst election result since 1950, losing votes to the far-right and the ecologist Greens. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported citing the preliminary results of the Sunday, October 14, vote the Christian Social Union (CSU) won 37.3% of the vote, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962. This is a result that is expected to make CSU an even…

Ratas to meet with Merkel in Vilnius

Friday, September 14, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) will be in Vilnius on Friday, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At their meeting, Ratas and Merkel will discus digital cooperation between Estonia and Germany, including how to move toward practical joint projects, according to a government press release. Likewise to be discussed are defence and security policies as well as the development of cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries. “In international…