Tag: Angela Merkel

EU Leaders Extend Border Controls; Merkel Warns Against ‘Nationalism’

Amid growing sentiment against open borders, European Union leaders are meeting in Rome to discuss the future of Europe’s refugee crisis, having taken a decision to extend internal border controls.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a note of caution, saying that solving the migrant crisis by closing Europe’s borders raised the risk of “falling […]

Obama In Germany: Merkel Is On ‘Right Side Of History’ By Destroying Europe’s Borders

After talks in the northern town of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against the planned deal, Obama said the world’s largest trade pact could be finalised by the end of the year.   “Angela and I agree that the United States and the European Union need to keep moving forward with the Transatlantic […]

Obama In Germany: Merkel Is On ‘Right Side Of History’ By Destroying Europe’s Borders

(AFP) US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint pitch Sunday for deeper transatlantic trade in the face of mounting opposition, vowing to complete a vast US-EU trade pact that could spur much-needed economic growth.   After talks in the northern town of Hanover where tens of thousands marched Saturday against […]

Angela Merkel: Will Germany oust the Iron Chancellor over her open door for refugees?

Much has been made of the losses that Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered at the hands of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in local elections on 13 March; a poll billed as a referendum on the German chancellors open door policy on Syrian refugees.The election results in Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate […]

Germany election results: Disaster for Merkel as exit polls suggest defeat in two out of three regional elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives have suffered humiliating losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party in three key state elections seen as a referendum on her “open door” refugee policy which allowed more than a million migrants to enter the country last year.   The real shock of Sunday night’s polling was the scale […]

Germany attempts to ban neo-Nazi party amid fears over rising racist attacks

Germany’s highest court will hear a landmark request on Tuesday to ban a neo-Nazi fringe party, more than a decade after a first attempt failed.   The case before the Federal Constitutional Court will argue that the far-right and anti-immigrant National Democratic Party (NPD) is a threat to the country’s democratic order.   Chancellor Angela […]

EU migrant crisis: Brussels leaders bicker as refugee violence flares in Calais and Greece

As tear gas rained down on rioting migrants in Greece and France bickering countries squabbled over who should take the blame for the spiralling crisis which shows no sign of slowing.   Once again the cavernous divisions between different EU countries were laid bare for all to see, with Angela Merkel angrily defending Germany’s role […]

Merkel warns asylum seekers that German refuge is ‘temporary’

Angela Merkel has warned asylum seekers that they are only in Germany temporarily and cannot stay long-term. In a significant change of tone, the German chancellor said even genuine refugees from Syria and Iraq would have to go home once the conflicts there had ended. “If there is peace in Syria and Isil is defeated […]

Angela Merkel opens Holocaust art show with warning on antisemitism

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has opened a major exhibition in Berlin featuring works by Jewish concentration camp prisoners, as she pledged to combat a feared rise in antisemitism in Germany linked to a record influx of refugees.   The show, Art from the Holocaust, brings together 100 works on loan from Israel’s Yad Vashem […]

David Cameron and Angela Merkel discuss EU’s future

Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken by phone and agreed progress has been made in Britain’s renegotiation with the EU. Number 10 said both leaders saw there was genuine goodwill across Europe for Mr Cameron’s aims, but accepted there was work to do to find solutions. A spokesman said they […]