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  • Merkel urges Turkish PM to stick with Kurdish peace process
    Merkel urges Turkish PM to stick with Kurdish peace process Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stick with the Kurdish peace process despite escalating violence, her office said. More »

  • Germany urges Turkey to respect proportionality in fight against PKK Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Germany will support Ankara in its fight against extremists, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a phone call on Sunday, but she also urged the Nato partner to keep measures appropriate. The phone call came after Kurdish militants killed two Turkish soldiers, apparently retaliating for Ankara's crackdown on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which was launched in tandem with strikes on Islamic State insurgents in Syria. Davutoglu informed Merkel by phone about the actions of the Turkish government in the "fight against terrorism" following the attacks in Suruc and other attacks against Turkish security forces, a German government spokesman said. More »

  • German support for Greece to stay in euro zone rises: poll Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A growing number of Germans want Greece to stay in the euro zone, a poll published on Friday found, after Athens reached an agreement with its creditors earlier this month to enact unpopular reforms. The survey comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel argued that a Grexit would bring "chaos" while Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble defended his idea of Greece taking a five-year "time-out" from the euro zone. The representative Politbarometer poll for the ZDF public broadcasting television network found that 50 percent want Greece to stay in the euro zone, up from 41 percent in a similar poll taken in early July at the height of the crisis. More »

  • Prominent German Social Democrat questions Merkel challenge Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A prominent member of Germany's main center-left party is questioning whether it has any chance of unseating Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's next election, and even whether it needs a candidate for the top job. More »

  • German magazine features Angela Merkel lookalike in lesbian kiss
    German magazine features Angela Merkel lookalike in lesbian kiss Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    From a no-no to a yes, will a provoking kiss change the German government stand on gay marriages? A promotional video ad on a new German magazine meant for gay women has gone viral after featuring an Angela Merkel lookalike in a lesbian kiss. The magazine's Twitter post reads: "All of Europe hates Merkel? More »

  • Insight - 'Grexit' struggle tests Germany's power duo
    Insight - 'Grexit' struggle tests Germany's power duo Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - On July 17th, her 61st birthday, Angela Merkel stepped to the podium in the Bundestag and urged German lawmakers to approve a new round of bailout negotiations with Greece, warning of "chaos and violence" if Athens were pushed out of the euro zone. The chancellor had worked tirelessly to negotiate the blueprint of a deal with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, forcing him to make major reform concessions at a marathon summit in Brussels days earlier. Schaeuble, sitting on the coalition benches to the right of Merkel, stared straight ahead with a frown on his face. More »

  • No reforms, no money, senior German lawmaker warns Athens
    No reforms, no money, senior German lawmaker warns Athens Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A senior German lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party on Wednesday warned the Greek government not to backtrack on its reform commitments. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tried to rally his Syriza party before parliament votes on Wednesday on the second package of reforms demanded by Greece's international creditors to open talks on a new bailout deal. The bill will adopt into Greek law new European Union rules on propping up failed banks, but it does not include pension reforms curbing early retirement or raising taxes paid by farmers. More »

  • Special Report: The man who cost Greece billions
    Special Report: The man who cost Greece billions Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Dina Kyriakidou ATHENS (Reuters) - Once again Alexis Tsipras was struggling to make a decision. For hours on July 13, the Greek prime minister and Europe's leaders had been trying to thrash out a new deal to bail out bankrupt Greece and keep the country in the euro zone. Now a clean copy of the latest text had been printed, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk were satisfied with the terms. So too appeared Tsipras – but he left the room to check the details one more time with colleagues in his leftist party ... More »

  • Greek banks ready to open Monday as Merkel urges swift bailout talks
    Greek banks ready to open Monday as Merkel urges swift bailout talks Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Costas Pitas and Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek banks are ready to open their branches across the country on Monday after a three-week shutdown, officials said, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift aid talks so Athens could also lift withdrawal limits. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is trying to turn a corner after he reluctantly agreed to negotiate a third bailout, allowing the European Central Bank to top up bank credit lines but prompting a rebellion in his leftist Syriza party. "Capital controls and restrictions on withdrawals will remain in place but we are entering a new stage which we all hope will be one of normality," the head of Greece's banking association Louka Katseli told Skai television. More »

  • Merkel dogged by coalition tensions over Greece Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Michelle Martin and Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to restore calm to her coalition government on Sunday after tensions tied to bailout negotiations with Greece burst out into the open, laying bare resentment among the highest-ranking ministers in her cabinet. Schaeuble, the influential 72-year-old minister who has pressed a hard line with Greece for months, was unrepentant and even suggested that he would be prepared to step aside if Merkel objected to his negotiating tactics. Schaeuble's hardline stance and deep scepticism towards Greece in the German population has pushed her towards a tough line at a time when Gabriel's SPD and key European partners like France favoured a more conciliatory approach. More »

  • Merkel rules out Greek haircut, open to debt relief
    Merkel rules out Greek haircut, open to debt relief Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in an annual summer interview of German broadcaster ARD at the station's capital studio in Berlin on July 19, 2015 More »

  • Merkel defends frank talk that brought girl to tears
    Merkel defends frank talk that brought girl to tears Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending her frank talk with a Palestinian refugee that brought the girl to tears — and has found an ally in the 14-year-old herself. More »

  • Merkel defends treatment of weeping Palestinian girl
    Merkel defends treatment of weeping Palestinian girl Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her treatment of a crying teenage Palestinian refugee following a storm of protest on social media. More »

  • Merkel rules out 'haircut' for Greece, open to other relief
    Merkel rules out 'haircut' for Greece, open to other relief Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday suggested that Germany would show flexibility in negotiating how Greece deals with its massive debt, but again ruled out writing off part of the money. Speaking on ARD ... More »

  • German Economy Minister criticises Schaeuble's proposal for temporary G …
    German Economy Minister criticises Schaeuble's proposal for temporary G … Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday for suggesting that Greece could quit the euro zone temporarily. Schaeuble has said that Greece could take a five-year "time-out" from the euro zone to address its economic problems, but Gabriel hit out at the idea in a sign of rising tension within the coalition between his Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives over the Greek debt crisis. Gabriel said that Schaeuble, a member of Merkel's conservatives, had provoked the SPD, their junior coalition partner. More »

  • Merkel ally urges German MPs who voted against Greek aid talks to rethink Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The general secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats has urged lawmakers who voted against opening talks on a third financial rescue for Greece to reconsider. There was a sizeable rebellion among Merkel's conservatives, with nearly a fifth voting "no". The Bundestag will have to vote again on any agreement between Greece and its creditors for a third bailout. More »

  • German finance ministry dismisses speculation Schaeuble to resign
    German finance ministry dismisses speculation Schaeuble to resign Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    The German finance ministry dismissed speculation in German media on Saturday that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was considering resignation over differences of opinion with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the issue of Greece. Germany's Der Spiegel printed an interview with 72-year-old Schaeuble in which he said he could always ask the president to relieve him of his duties in response to a question about whether problems could arise if the chancellor and finance minister had divergent opinions on financial support for Greece. Some German media published reports based on the interview suggesting that Schaeuble was thinking about stepping down. More »

  • Schaeuble says prepared to resign if hand forced in Greece talks
    Schaeuble says prepared to resign if hand forced in Greece talks Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in June during crunch talks over the Greece rescue efforts More »

  • Germany, France call for Minsk agreement to be fully effective by end 2015
    Germany, France call for Minsk agreement to be fully effective by end 2015 Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held a telephone conversation with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine on Friday to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine, the French presidency said. The four countries agreed on a package of measures last February dubbed "Minsk II" and aimed at ending military tensions in the former Soviet state. Ukraine's parliament approved a draft law on Thursday to grant two eastern separatist regions greater autonomy. More »

  • German lawmakers back Greek bailout despite rebellion; Tsipras sacks dissen …
    German lawmakers back Greek bailout despite rebellion; Tsipras sacks dissen … Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers gave their go-ahead on Friday for the euro zone to negotiate a third bailout for Greece, but a warning from Chancellor Angela Merkel that the alternative was chaos failed to prevent a hefty rebellion in her own party. The Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, whose backing was essential for the talks to start, decisively approved the move by 439 votes to 119, but almost a fifth of Merkel's conservatives voted 'No'. Popular misgivings run deep in Germany, the euro zone country that has already contributed most to Greece's two bailouts since 2010, about funnelling yet more aid to Athens. More »

  • Refugee encounter highlights Merkel's complicated image
    Refugee encounter highlights Merkel's complicated image Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's image appeared to take a hit this week as she faced accusations of making a young Palestinian refugee cry by telling her Germany can't let everybody stay, an encounter that came as Merkel was being blamed for strong-arming Greece into accepting more austerity. More »

  • Palestinian teen who sobbed before Merkel can stay in Germany: media
    Palestinian teen who sobbed before Merkel can stay in Germany: media Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    A teenage Palestinian asylum seeker, who burst into tears in front of Chancellor Angela Merkel during a televised debate, will be allowed to stay in Germany, officials said Friday. More »

  • German lawmakers back Merkel on Greece bailout plan
    German lawmakers back Merkel on Greece bailout plan Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wait as lawmakers debate the new aid package for Greece during a parliamentary session in Berlin, on July 17, 2015 More »

  • German Parliament approves plan for new Greek bailout
    German Parliament approves plan for new Greek bailout Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German lawmakers overwhelmingly backed Friday a new bailout plan for Greece after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the cash-strapped country would face chaos without a deal. Following more than three ... More »

  • Sixty German conservatives voted against Greek aid talks - Bundestag Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - A total of 60 members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives voted against starting negotiations on a third bailout programme for Greece, parliamentary figures showed on Friday. The number of rebels more than doubled from a vote in February, when parliament extended a second bailout package, dealing a blow to Merkel and highlighting the strength of grassroots opposition to funnelling further aid to Athens. A total of 241 conservative lawmakers voted in favour of starting negotiations in Friday's vote and there were five abstentions. ... More »

  • Why Is The Greek Bailout Taking So Long?
    Why Is The Greek Bailout Taking So Long? Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Angela Merkel admitted she had "never seen such days of drama" as those leading up to today's vote in the German parliament to kickstart negotiations on a third Greek bailout. Although some within Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party and its sister Christian Social Union group had indicated they would vote against or abstain, the vote was passed by 439-119. The Chancellor runs a grand coalition with the centre left Social Democratic Party which accounts for a formidable 503 out of the 630 sitting politicians in the German parliament (one fewer because of the sudden death of young government spokesman Philipp Missfelder). More »

  • German parliament backs Merkel on seeking third Greece bailout
    German parliament backs Merkel on seeking third Greece bailout Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wait as lawmakers debate the new aid package for Greece during a parliamentary session in Berlin, on July 17, 2015 More »

  • Merkel rallies German lawmakers to back Greece bailout plan
    Merkel rallies German lawmakers to back Greece bailout plan Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses lawmakers in the Bundestag in Berlin on July 17, 2015 More »

  • Merkel urges lawmakers to back Greek deal to avoid chaos
    Merkel urges lawmakers to back Greek deal to avoid chaos Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel urged German lawmakers Friday to vote in favor of a third bailout package for Greece, arguing that the cash-strapped country faces chaos without a deal. The proposed bailout, which ... More »

  • German finance ministry says no deadline for Greek aid talks Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no deadline for negotiations on a third bailout package for Greece and the talks could go on for weeks, a German Finance Ministry spokesman said on Friday. Earlier on Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on German lawmakers to back negotiations for a third Greek bailout, saying the alternative was chaos. (Reporting by Thorsten Severin; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) More »

  • German lawmakers vote on holding bailout talks with Greece
    German lawmakers vote on holding bailout talks with Greece Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel was asking German lawmakers Friday to clear the way for negotiations on a new, third bailout package for Greece, arguing that it would be negligent not to try for a deal. After ... More »

  • German parliament set to back talks on new Greek bailout Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers are expected to give the government their clear backing on Friday to start negotiations on a third bailout programme for Greece, despite Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioning whether it will succeed. Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, already voted overwhelmingly in favour of the euro zone opening talks with Athens in test ballots held on Thursday. The positive soundings from lawmakers came despite popular misgivings in Germany about funnelling more aid to Athens - reservations deepened by Schaeuble suggesting the better option for Greece may be to take a "time-out" from the euro zone. More »

  • Greece deal is 'hard' for all sides, 'last try': Merkel
    Greece deal is 'hard' for all sides, 'last try': Merkel Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses lawmakers in the Bundestag during a parliamentary session in Berlin, on July 17, 2015 More »

  • Merkel warns of chaos without talks on new Greece aid plan Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of chaos on Friday if German lawmakers do not give her government backing to start negotiations on a third bailout programme for Greece. The Bundestag is expected give the government the backing it is seeking in a vote following Friday's debate, at which Merkel was the first speaker. More »

  • Merkel urges German Parliament to back Greek talks
    Merkel urges German Parliament to back Greek talks Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking German lawmakers to clear the way for negotiations on a new, third bailout package for Greece, arguing that it would be negligent not to try for a deal. More »