Posts tagged as Merkel

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Macron and Merkel call Putin over Syria

Friday, February 21, 2020

As hundreds of thousands are displaced in bloody Idlib offensive, leaders talk, but do little else. It may not be an EU army, but at least France and Germany can still team up to dial a phone. The situation in Idlib, in the northwest of Syria, is so catastrophic that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke away from the extraordinary European Council budget summit in Brussels…

Germany’s Merkel to visit Auschwitz Holocaust camp for first time

Friday, December 6, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will on Friday, December 6, visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Merkel will take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Her visit comes amid a rise in German anti-Semitism and ahead of the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. During World War Two,…

Macron and Merkel try to showcase EU unity as Brexit looms

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are meeting in southern France, one day before a key EU summit that may approve a divorce deal with Britain. The leaders on Wednesday will first visit Airbus headquarters, as a symbol of European industrial cooperation, before holding bilateral talks and a French-German Cabinet meeting in the city of Toulouse. Macron and Merkel will discuss Brexit as EU and British officials…

Kaljulaid meets with Angela Merkel during Germany visit

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday during an official visit. The two leaders discussed the digital society and e-governance solutions. Kaljulaid introduced the Estonian e-health system to senior German officials. Digital sovereignty in Europe and cybersecurity were also discussed. The Estonian president also met with President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble.  

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Friday, July 19, 2019

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead…

Germany’s Merkel fends off worries about her health

Friday, July 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fended off worries about her health on Friday, saying that she has a personal interest in staying healthy and having a life after politics. Merkel said that she understands questions about her health after three recent incidents in which her body shook as she stood at public events. But she said she’s aware of her responsibility as chancellor and “can exercise this function.” She has said…

Germany’s Merkel says she’s OK after shaking at ceremony

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking Tuesday as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin, saying later that she clearly hadn’t drunk enough water. Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the 28-degree Celsius (82-degree Fahrenheit) heat while a military band played…

Merkel takes aim at Trump in ‘tear down walls’ speech

Saturday, June 1, 2019

German chancellor warns Harvard graduates of the dangers of protectionism and ignoring climate change. Angela Merkel urged Harvard graduates Thursday to “tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness” in a speech laced with apparent jibes at Donald Trump and his policies. Though she did not name the U.S. president, the German chancellor devoted much of her Harvard University commencement speech to attacking major pillars of Trump’s presidency: protectionism, trade wars…

Karins to meet with Merkel next week

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) on March 11 will be on a working visit to Berlin and will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the State Chancellery reported. The prime minister will participate in working breakfast on security of the global financial system along with representatives of the German financial sector, business representatives, politicians and diplomats. Karins will present his vision on the necessary changes in the European…