Tag: Germany

Iran rejects German call to recognize Israel

Gabriel, who is also economy minister, is the first senior figure from a large western government to visit Iran since it struck a landmark agreement with world powers on its nuclear program last week.   The deal was reached despite strong opposition from Israel, with which Germany has cultivated a close relationship since the end […]

Germany to Iran: Recognize Israel

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany’s economy minister, on Sunday said Iran must recognize Israel in order to have economic relations with Germany.   “Questioning [Israel’s] right to existence is something that we Germans cannot accept,” Gabriel said at the start of a three-day visit to Tehran, according to the German dpa […]

German minister in Iran: Questioning Israel’s right to exist is unacceptable

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Iran at the start of a three-day visit to improve relations with arch-enemy Israel and said Germany would like to act as a mediator.   “You can’t have a good economic relationship with Germany in the long-term if we don’t discuss such issues too and try to move them […]

Angela Merkel doesn’t believe in gay marriage

“For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships.”   Ms Merkel went on to say stress that marriage should be strictly defined as between a man and a woman, adding: “I am for registered civil partnerships. I am for our not having […]

Nomura: Greece and East Germany privatisation

Nomura’s chief economist Richard Koo is seeing parallels between Greece and East Germany, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, right now.   In a note sent to clients on Tuesday, Koo attacks Greece’s creditors for negotiating a deal based on “highly unrealistic” assumptions and reaching an agreement that “resolve none of the fundamental problems […]

Greece news live: Germans in rift with the rest of Europe over debt relief proposals after US intervention

The Greeks look like they’ve managed to bend the ears of their European creditors – with the help of Washington – and will get a commitment towards debt relief. But what is the price they’re willing to pay in return for the concession? Given the mutual face-saving games being played by both Mr Tsipras and […]

Six powers agree on UN sanctions ‘snapback’ in push for Iran deal, sources say

Six world powers have agreed on a way to restore UN sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of a future nuclear deal, clearing a major obstacle to an accord ahead of a June 30 deadline, Western officials told Reuters.   The new understanding on a UN sanctions “snapback” among the six powers […]

Greece and Germany debt talks in Riga

Athens believes a bailout deal is close after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Riga, the Latvian capital, during a European summit on Thursday night — but not all parties agree.   Over the last few days, a flurry of Greek government spokespeople have been saying the bailout agreement is […]

Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

Germans will never forget the “unfathomable horrors” that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich. In a moving speech to 120 elderly survivors from 20 nations and six U.S. soldiers who helped […]

Israel’s ambassador to Germany urges Jews to make aliya

Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, said he “does not envy any Jew living in Europe today” and invited those who feel unsafe in the wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks to “come to [Israel] at any time.”   In an interview published Sunday in the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, Hadas-Handelsman echoed last week’s invitation by Israeli […]