Latest Angela Merkel News

  • Germany open to new 4-way Ukraine summit
    Germany open to new 4-way Ukraine summit 5 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's open to holding a new summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France but that there would have to be hope of progress for it to make sense. More »

  • German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden
    German leader presses for EU to share migrant burden 5 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow European nations Monday to share the burden of the influx of migrants, arguing that the European Union will betray its values if it fails to get a grip on the crisis. More »

  • Merkel: Quarrel over migrants could call Schengen into question 6 hours ago

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that if Europe was not able to agree to a fair distribution of refugees, the passport-free Schengen zone would be called into question. "If we don't succeed in fairly distributing refugees then of course the Schengen question will be on the agenda for many," she said at a news conference in Berlin. (Reporting by Noah Barkin and Josie Le Blond; Writing by Michelle Martin and Caroline Copley) More »

  • No room for manoeuvre on interest rates for Greece, Merkel says 6 hours ago

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday there was no wiggle room to lower interest rates for Greece, but euro zone partners could push back the date when Athens has to start paying back its bailout credits. "I think when it comes to interest rates, we have no room for manoeuvre because the rates are already very low," Merkel said during a news conference in Berlin. However, she also said that there was some wiggle room regarding the so-called "grace period", meaning when and how much Greece should pay back. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Caroline Copley) More »

  • Progress in Ukraine crisis slower than expected, Merkel says 7 hours ago

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that there was less progress than expected in the Ukraine crisis and there were no plans for a meeting of the leaders from France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine to discuss further steps. "We've agreed that we will talk on the phone as a next step and there also might be a meeting of the foreign ministers," Merkel said in Berlin, adding that a four-way meeting of leaders only made sense if there was progress in the Ukraine crisis. Merkel also welcomed the Ukraine's parliament vote for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status. More »

  • Merkel warns Germans that migrant crisis won't be resolved soon 7 hours ago

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that the migrant crisis presented Germany with a major challenge that would not be resolved anytime soon, urging citizens to show flexibility and patience. "We stand before a huge national challenge. That will be a central challenge not only for days or months but for a long period of time," Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin. "German thoroughness is great, but what we need now is German flexibility," she added. (Reporting by Michelle Martin, Noah Barkin and Michael Nienaber) More »

  • Merkel expects Greece to meet commitments for bailout package
    Merkel expects Greece to meet commitments for bailout package 7 hours ago

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Berlin expected Athens to stick to the reform pledges it made in exchange for a third bailout programme. "We will have new elections in Greece and I am working on the assumption that Greece will fulfil its commitments," Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin. (Reporting by Michelle Martin, Noah Barkin and Michael Nienaber) More »

  • Germany says migrants arriving in Hungary must register there 9 hours ago

    The German government denied on Monday that there were "special trains" carrying migrants to Germany from Hungary and said that under European law asylum seekers arriving in Hungary must be registered there first. "No, there are no special trains," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a post on Twitter. "People who come to Hungary must register and seek asylum there." Earlier, a Reuters reporter in Budapest witnessed migrants there who have gathered by the thousands in railway stations, being allowed onto trains bound for Austria and Germany. More »

  • Analysis - Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge
    Analysis - Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel's biggest challenge 10 hours ago

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe's refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015. No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer. In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda. More »

  • The Refugee Crisis is Suddenly Merkel's Biggest Challenge
    The Refugee Crisis is Suddenly Merkel's Biggest Challenge 11 hours ago

    Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe's refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015. No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer. In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda. More »

  • France's economy minister calls for euro zone government with fiscal tr …
    France's economy minister calls for euro zone government with fiscal tr … 21 hours ago

    French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has called for a new start for Europe, telling a German newspaper the euro zone status quo would lead to the currency union's self-destruction and that fiscal transfers between member states are necessary. Such a vision is anathema to the mainstream in German politics, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's government having firmly resisted any form of permanent fiscal transfers to poorer euro zone countries. More »

  • Merkel, facing refugee influx, presses EU peers to take more 22 hours ago

    By Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on other European Union countries on Sunday to take a greater share of the refugees fleeing to the bloc, as her government struggles to cope with a record number of arrivals. Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 in 2015. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the country could handle that number this year, but not over the long term. More »

  • Unprecedented migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers
    Unprecedented migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers 22 hours ago

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ministers were summoned on Sunday to meet in two weeks' time to seek urgent solutions to a migration crisis unprecedented in the bloc's history, as the mounting death toll on land and sea forced governments to respond. Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency, called interior ministers from all 28 member states to an extraordinary meeting on Sept. 14, saying: "The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions." Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier called on her EU neighbours to do more as Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 in 2015. "If Europe has solidarity and we have also shown solidarity towards others, then we need to show solidarity now," she told reporters in Berlin. More »

  • Hollande, Merkel, Putin back bid for new Ukraine ceasefire Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday, but offered contrasting views of why February's peace deal is in trouble. Daily clashes between the two forces killing civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists, have undermined the deal struck in the Belarus capital Minsk. In separate statements, France's Francois Hollande and Germany's Angela Merkel said the three leaders backed efforts to reinstate an effective ceasefire, while a statement by Russia's President Vladimir Putin blamed Kiev for failing to implement key terms of the peace deal. More »

  • German authorities brace for protests at refugee shelter
    German authorities brace for protests at refugee shelter Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities braced for possible far-right violence in the eastern state of Saxony at the weekend, with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday promising federal support for local police seeking to prevent anti-refugee riots of the kind seen in the town of Heidenau last week. More »

  • Why Syrians are sending love messages to Angela Merkel Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel is receiving an outpouring of love online from Syrians, this comes after German authorities dropped a bureaucratic procedure that may allow Syrian citizens to claim refugee status in Germany. Recommended: How much do you know about Germany? This means Germany will no longer deport asylum seekers from Syria and they can claim refugee status in Germany. More »

  • Merkel says EU leaders ready to meet to discuss refugee crisis Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that European Union leaders stand ready for an emergency meeting, if needed, to discuss the refugee crisis but she added that EU interior ministers were already working intensively to find solutions. "There are already very intensive efforts at the EU level taking place about how we can better cope with this issue," she added, noting that a summit would make sense if decisions had to be taken by EU leaders after interior ministers finish the work. More »

  • Despite record surplus, Germany ignores calls to spend more Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany posted a record-breaking 21 billion euro surplus in the first half of 2015 but has turned a deaf ear to criticism from home and abroad that it should cut taxes or raise public spending to help alleviate pressures in the euro zone. Despite calls from its European Union (EU) partners and the United States to ramp up spending on infrastructure after years of neglect, the government said it will stick to its austerity course and goal of achieving sustainable balanced budgets. Economists believe Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-led government is also tacitly trying to teach other EU governments the virtues of balanced budgets as a cure for the euro zone crisis. More »

  • EU migrant crisis: Austria refugee lorry death toll rises to 70
    EU migrant crisis: Austria refugee lorry death toll rises to 70 Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    More than 70 dead refugees have been found crammed in the back of a lorry in Austria, the country's interior ministry has said. The vehicle was found parked on the hard shoulder of a highway near the eastern town of Parndorf, not far from the border with Hungary and Slovakia on Thursday as EU representatives met with their non-EU Balkan in Vienna to discuss the migrant crisis. "This reminds us that we in Europe need to tackle the problem quickly and find solutions in the spirit of solidarity," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the conference. More »

  • Germany's Merkel says too soon to lift sanctions against Russia
    Germany's Merkel says too soon to lift sanctions against Russia Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it was too soon for the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia, but that she hoped Berlin could work together with Moscow to solve international crises like the Syria conflict. "In view of the serious violations of international law and in view of the still fragile situation, we have unfortunately still not reached this point," Merkel said at a ceremony in Vienna to mark the 60th anniversary of Germany's chamber of commerce in Austria. At the same time, Merkel stressed that Berlin wanted to have a "constructive" relationship with Moscow. More »

  • Merkel says 'shaken' by migrant deaths in Austria Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    VIENNA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that everyone had been "shaken" by news that up to 50 migrants had been found dead in a truck in Austria. "We are of course all shaken by the appalling news," Merkel told a news conference at a summit on the West Balkans in Vienna. "This reminds us that we must tackle quickly the issue of immigration and in a European spirit -- that means in a spirit of solidarity -- and to find solutions." (Writing by Josie Le Blond; Editing by Noah Barkin) More »

  • Merkel says migrant crisis a 'huge challenge' for Balkans
    Merkel says migrant crisis a 'huge challenge' for Balkans Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Western Balkan countries are facing "huge challenges" due to the tide of migrants trying to reach the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. More »

  • Merkel Sent Love Letters From Syria, But Booed in Germany
    Merkel Sent Love Letters From Syria, But Booed in Germany Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    The German chancellor, Angela Merkel has received an online outpouring of love and gratitude from Syrians after the country suspended a controversial EU rule which could see more Syrian asylum seekers allowed to stay in the country—despite being booed by protesters at home. On Tuesday, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), an office belonging to the German Ministry of Interior Affairs, confirmed that the so-called Dublin regulation, which states that asylum seekers must have their applications processed in the EU country in which they first arrive or else face deportation, would no longer apply to Syrian nationals for the present time. Germany has not suspended the whole protocol—only in cases concerning asylum seekers from Syria. More »

  • Obama and German leader discuss violence in Ukraine Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have discussed the recent rise in violence in eastern Ukraine from increased attacks by combined Russian-separatist forces. More »

  • Obama tells Merkel he appreciates her leadership on migrant crisis Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday voiced appreciation for her leadership in dealing with the migration crisis in Europe, the White House said. Obama particularly cited Merkel's recent decision to ease the burden on other countries by providing haven to Syrian refugees, the White House statement added. The surge in migrants seeking refuge from conflict or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two. ... More »

  • Merkel vows no tolerance for migrant hate as 55 die in Mediterranean
    Merkel vows no tolerance for migrant hate as 55 die in Mediterranean Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced down far-right hecklers on Wednesday, vowing zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence as rescuers found 55 corpses on stricken boats in the Mediterranean. More »

  • Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees
    Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    HEIDENAU, Germany (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many look to her for leadership in handling the European migrant crisis. More »

  • Hungary scrambles to confront migrant influx, Merkel heckled
    Hungary scrambles to confront migrant influx, Merkel heckled Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Marton Dunai ROSZKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Hungary made plans on Wednesday to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army as record numbers of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, passed through coils of razor-wire into Europe. In Germany, which expects to receive 800,000 of them this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel was heckled by dozens of protesters as she visited an eastern town where violent anti-refugee protests erupted at the weekend. The surge in migrants seeking refuge from conflict or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has confronted Europe with its worst refugee crisis since World War Two, stirring social tensions and testing the resources and solidarity of the 28-nation European Union. More »

  • Merkel, heckled on visit to refugees, says no to xenophobia
    Merkel, heckled on visit to refugees, says no to xenophobia Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By Hans-Edzard Busemann HEIDENAU, Germany (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters shouted at Chancellor Angela Merkel and waved placards with the slogan "traitor" on Wednesday when she visited an eastern German town where anti-refugee protests erupted into violence at the weekend. Merkel, one of Germany's most popular postwar chancellors, vowed Germany would not tolerate xenophobia and repeated that the weekend scuffles, in which 31 police officers were hurt, were "shameful and repulsive". "There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required," Merkel told reporters and local people in the town of Heidenau. More »

  • Germany: 'Traitor' Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre attacked by …
    Germany: 'Traitor' Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre attacked by … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel was heckled by xenophobic demonstrators who described her a "traitor" as she visited a refugee centre targeted by violent far-right protests this past weekend (22 and 23 August). About 200 protesters angered at the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany booed the 61-year-old leader in the eastern town of Heidenau, near Dresden. The demonstrators addressed the chancellor with slogans such as "traitor, traitor" and honking car horns, AFP reported. More »

  • Merkel, in German town of Heidenau, says no tolerance for xenophobia Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there was no tolerance in Germany for xenophobia after she was jeered by a group of about 50 people on a visit to the eastern town where violent protests erupted over refugees at the weekend. "There is no tolerance for those people who question the dignity of others, there is no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required," Merkel said. More »

  • Merkel booed by German protesters at refugee centre
    Merkel booed by German protesters at refugee centre Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    German demonstrators booed Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as she arrived at a refugee centre hit by violent far-right protests, according to an AFP reporter. More »

  • Conservative rebellion on Greek aid hits Merkel's support - poll
    Conservative rebellion on Greek aid hits Merkel's support - poll Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has slipped by two percentage points due to divisions within her parliamentary bloc over a third bailout for Greece and even her own popularity has taken a hit, a poll showed on Wednesday. The Forsa poll put the conservative bloc of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) on 41 percent, down two points from a week ago. More »

  • Europe's migrant crisis: arson attack suspected as refugee camp in Germany …
    Europe's migrant crisis: arson attack suspected as refugee camp in Germany … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A migrant shelter has been targeted by suspected arsonists in Germany, just days after anti-immigrant riots in Heidenau were condemned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There have already been over 200 attacks on refugee centres in Germany this year alone. More »

  • Germany battles anti-refugee violence as new attack hits shelter
    Germany battles anti-refugee violence as new attack hits shelter Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Germany scrambled Tuesday to quell a wave of anti-migrant violence, as a suspected arson attack hit a planned refugee shelter just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced xenophobic protests as "vile". More »