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  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout
    Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union's executive branch cautioned Wednesday against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greek Prime Minister ... More »

  • Germany says euro zone has hands full with existing Greek bailout programme
    Germany says euro zone has hands full with existing Greek bailout programme Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Andrés González and Philip Blenkinsop BARCELONA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany and the European Commission said on Wednesday that talk of a third bailout for Greece was premature, while Spain's Economy Minister was insistent that further support was almost inevitable. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Athens was unlikely to be able to return to capital markets by June, when an extension of its bailout expires, and so some form of further aid programme looked likely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, asked about a third package at a news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, said she was focussing on the current bailout, now extended for four months: "I think we now have all our hands full to make this succeed and that's what I'm concentrating on," she said. De Guindos had already suggested on Monday that the euro zone was talking about another bailout for Greece, with a package worth between 30 billion (21.5 billion pounds) and 50 billion euros under discussion, prompting denials from euro zone officials. More »

  • Merkel warns Russia to live up to Ukraine peace deal
    Merkel warns Russia to live up to Ukraine peace deal Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning Russia to live up to the Ukraine peace agreement it backed in Minsk last month or face tougher European Union sanctions. More »

  • Merkel says EU focused on current Greek bailout
    Merkel says EU focused on current Greek bailout Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Brussels on March 4, 2015 More »

  • EU ready with sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire violated, Merkel says
    EU ready with sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire violated, Merkel says Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday that any serious violation of the current ceasefire in east Ukraine - which she described as "fragile" - would prompt Europe to impose further sanctions on Moscow for supporting the separatists. "So far we've got a fragile ceasefire which needs to be stabilised," Merkel told reporters in Brussels. ... More »

  • Merkel says euro zone has hands full with existing Greek bailout programme Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday refused to speculate if Greece could count on a third aid package from its euro zone partners after Athens had completed its existing bailout programme. "I think we now have all our hands full to make this (2nd Greek bailout) succeed," Merkel said during a press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Merkel also said that France was on the right path to improve its competitiveness, adding that each euro zone country had to decide itself on which specific measures to take. ... More »

  • Europe will fight for own standards in U.S. trade talks - Merkel
    Europe will fight for own standards in U.S. trade talks - Merkel Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Europe will insist on upholding its own standards in free trade talks with the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, adding she supported the European Commission's efforts to get a deal this year. "While we hurry to set up the main political points and framework for this agreement we must also at the same time insist on maintaining the standards which we have in Europe," she said at a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The European Union is in talks with the United States over a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal which would eliminate tariff barriers. More »

  • Premature to talk about third Greek bailout - EU's Juncker Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    It is too early to discuss a third bailout package for Greece, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, stressing the focus of talks with Athens was implementing measures already agreed with the euro zone. "We are going to focus on implementing what was agreed in the Eurogroup," Juncker told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More »

  • Western leaders ready for more sanctions on Russia if crisis escalates - Ge … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Western leaders agreed on Tuesday that they would be ready to impose further sanctions on Russia over Ukraine if there was a further escalation in the crisis, a German government spokesman said. The statement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman came after leaders of Germany, France, Britain, the United States, and Italy, as well as the head of the European Council, discussed the Ukraine crisis in a video conference. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the leaders had stressed that the implementation of the Minsk agreement and existing sanctions against Russia were closely linked. More »

  • Merkel says to push for freedom of expression in Russia Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she would push Russia to guarantee the freedom of expression after what she described as the serious and sad murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. "We expect everything to be done to clear up this murder. I hope and we will make clear that we want those people who think differently in Russia to have a chance to articulate their thoughts - though I know it is anything but easy," Merkel told reporters at a news conference with the president of Mongolia. (Reporting by Madeline Chambers and Michelle Martin) More »

  • OSCE should play greater role in eastern Ukraine, leaders say Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    By Katya Golubkova, Erik Kirschbaum and Geert De Clercq MOSCOW/BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed to Ukraine's proposal to ask the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to help with the implementation of the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine, officials said after a four-way phone call on Monday evening. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande took part in the phone call in which the leaders also welcomed progress in implementing the cease-fire. More »

  • Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany agree on OSCE role in conflict zone - Poro … Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    KIEV (Reuters) - The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine by telephone on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement published on his website. Poroshenko, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande support Kiev's proposal to put observers from the OSCE security watchdog into areas of eastern Ukraine where the ceasefire is not being observed, the statement said. (Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; writing by Katya Golubkova) More »

  • Germany's Merkel: want good future in eurozone for Greece
    Germany's Merkel: want good future in eurozone for Greece Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's hoping for a good future for Greece in the eurozone as Germany pushes Athens to comply fully with the terms of its financial bailout. Germany's Parliament signed off ... More »

  • Merkel says Greece must be more specific about its reform plans
    Merkel says Greece must be more specific about its reform plans Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Greece needs to give more details on the reforms it promised euro zone peers in return for the extension of its aid programme. "Now it's about specifying these reform proposals," Merkel said in a speech in Berlin, adding that the bailout extension approved last week by the German Bundestag should help the Greek reform programme to succeed. Merkel also said that there was a need for stronger economic policy coordination among euro zone members. More »

  • Merkel's Bavarian allies criticise EU's exception for French defici … Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria has criticised the European Commission's decision to give France two extra years to cut its deficit, a letter seen by Reuters shows. On Wednesday Brussels said it would give France until 2017 to bring its deficit below the EU limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), sparing Paris a fine and giving it a new grace period after it missed a second deadline to put its finances in order. Gerda Hasselfeldt, head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) parliamentary group, wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a letter dated Feb. 27 to say that the timing of Brussels' decision left a "bad aftertaste". Hasselfeldt wrote: "Right now, at a time when we're facing big challenges in our responsibility for the European Union and the euro zone and when we're working on the principle of solidarity in return for solidity, it's extremely important not to allow any exceptions." She said the euro zone was vehemently urging Athens to stick to rules set by the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers despite significant domestic resistance, and that while she did not want to compare Greece with France, "stringent action" was the only way to ensure Europe and the euro zone remain credible. More »

  • Ukraine's Poroshenko raises issue of peacekeepers with Germany's Merkel … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised the issue of deploying a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine. Violence in eastern Ukraine has continued between government troops and pro-Russian rebels despite a ceasefire. "The president of Ukraine underscored the importance of coordinating efforts for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine and especially noted that Ukraine wants the mission to be formed as a European Union mission," a statement from his website said. More »

  • Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows
    Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges. With Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble promising not to let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners, 542 members of the Bundestag voted "yes" to the extension, while 32 opposed it and 13 abstained. More »

  • Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia's Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country's efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow's chagrin. The chancellor, asked at a news conference with visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis whether she thought there was a risk that Romania's eastern neighbour could be in Moscow's sights, replied: "Well, we hope not." Germany and European Union member Romania feel "politically very closely linked to Moldova" and will support the new pro-EU government of Chiril Gaburici, she said. More »

  • Greece bailout set to get strong German Parliament backing
    Greece bailout set to get strong German Parliament backing Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Greece's four-month bailout extension should get wide, if unenthusiastic, support in the German Parliament after a large majority of lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc signaled their backing on Thursday. More »

  • German lawmakers to back Greek extension despite misgivings
    German lawmakers to back Greek extension despite misgivings Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers signalled that they will approve an extension of Greece's bailout with an overwhelming majority in parliament on Friday although many will do so reluctantly amid fears Athens will not deliver on its reform promises. Angela Merkel's coalition has a big enough majority to easily win the vote in the Bundestag lower house to extend the rescue by four months. In Thursday's test ballot 22 of 311 lawmakers in chancellor Merkel's conservative bloc, comprising her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, opposed the extension and five abstained. More »

  • Kerry suggests Russia sanctions decision could come soon Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday additional sanctions against Russia are "teed up" should events in eastern Ukraine warrant them, and he suggested a decision may come soon. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists were withdrawing heavy guns from the front. During a second appearance before lawmakers on Wednesday, Kerry suggested a decision on further sanctions could come soon. "Plan B is tougher sanctions and additional support to Ukraine," Kerry said, adding that U.S. President Barack Obama would make a decision in consultation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who, along with French President Francois Hollande, negotiated the latest ceasefire agreement at talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. More »

  • Merkel's Bavarian allies to support Greek extension, seek pledges Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Angela Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria agreed to support an extension of the Greek bailout in a parliamentary vote expected on Friday, but kept up their tough rhetoric in insisting on precise details from Athens on planned reforms. Germany's Merkel is rallying lawmakers to approve the extension, despite Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's avowed doubts about the credibility of Athens' latest reform plans, and her right-left coalition has a big enough majority to easily win the vote on extending the rescue for four months. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), have consistently taken a tougher stance than the chancellor on Greece and include several high profile critics. These include a clear timetable and details of reforms, and specify that the Greek government can only offer new welfare measures with the support of its international creditors. More »

  • Merkel says Ukraine ceasefire slow to take hold but may yet work Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Wednesday Europe would be ready to impose new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine if necessary, though the chancellor hoped the current ceasefire would eventually yield positive results. "We must do everything we can to make this glimmer of hope a reality," she told a news conference with the Swedish premier, referring to the Minsk ceasefire agreement. "It could be a first step even if it is being implemented very slowly. ... More »

  • Germany's Merkel welcomes Greek bailout agreement
    Germany's Merkel welcomes Greek bailout agreement Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcoming an agreement on a four-month extension to Greece's financial bailout but says "a lot of work" remains ahead. More »

  • Merkel welcomes 'compromise' made by EU and Greece Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the agreement to extend Greece's international bailout as a "starting point" for negotiations with the new, leftist-led Greek government, saying on Wednesday both sides had proved willing to make compromises. "I welcome the fact that we have found a starting point for negotiations with the new government. More »

  • Germany readies reluctant approval of Greek extension
    Germany readies reluctant approval of Greek extension Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble are rallying reluctant German lawmakers to approve an extension of Greece's bailout despite Schaeuble's avowed doubts about the credibility of Athens' latest reform plans. Revelling in the role of grumpy euro zone paymaster, he said it had been hard to accept Athens' new reform pledges and took a fresh swipe at leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for his campaign promises to scrap the reforms prescribed by Berlin. "It wasn't an easy decision for us but neither was it easy for the Greek government because (they) had told the people something completely different in the campaign and afterwards," the veteran minister told SWR2 radio on Wednesday. "The question now is whether one can believe the Greek government's assurances or not. More »

  • German conservative hardliners warn against vote on Greece Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A group of hardliners among German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have urged lawmakers to take a tough stance on a loan extension to Greece, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Wednesday. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has written to the speaker of the lower house of parliament requesting a vote this week on extending the bailout. "A simple extension of the aid programme without effective terms would mean that we are knowingly throwing further good money after bad," warned the head of the CDU committee, Kurt Lauk, and its secretary general, Wolfgang Steiger, in a letter to lawmakers cited by the paper. "Anything else would be grossly negligent and a betrayal of the German taxpayer," Bendels -- the spokesman of a "breakaway" conservative group who have warned that Greece can no longer stay in the euro -- told the paper. More »

  • German economy minister 'cautiously optimistic' on Greece Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday he was "cautiously optimistic" that progress was being made on talks with Greece about extending its bailout, after Athens submitted reform plans to its European partners. "I am cautiously optimistic that we are ... moving step-by-step towards a resolution of the conflict," said Gabriel, who as leader of the Social Democrats is also Vice Chancellor in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition. More »

  • German parliament to approve Greek deal if promises met - Merkel ally Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - The German parliament could approve a four-month extension to euro zone funding for Greece, on condition Athens presents a list of reforms as promised, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying. Greece has secured a funding extension, averting bankruptcy and a euro exit, provided it comes up with promises of economic reforms by Monday, but Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the deal cancelled austerity commitments made to creditors. "The Greeks have to do their homework now," Volker Kauder, leader of Merkel's conservatives in parliament, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "Then, an extension of the aid programme can be approved by the German Bundestag." "Greece has finally realised that it cannot turn a blind eye to reality," he said in an interview published on Saturday. More »

  • Merkel and Pope discuss Ukraine at Vatican meeting
    Merkel and Pope discuss Ukraine at Vatican meeting Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to the Vatican Saturday met with Pope Francis and discussed efforts to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Pope, Merkel discuss Ukraine and fight against poverty
    Pope, Merkel discuss Ukraine and fight against poverty Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine and the fight against poverty during a private audience on Saturday. More »

  • France's Hollande says there is no Greek exit scenario Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Greece belongs in the euro zone and there is no scenario envisaging its exit from the single currency union, French President Francois Hollande said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Greece is in the euro zone and it must remain in the euro zone," Hollande told a joint news conference with Merkel. "I know of no scenario today involving a euro zone exit." Hollande, who was talking ahead of a crunch meeting of euro zone finance ministers, said Greece must meet its commitments but its euro zone partners must also take into account the election that brought to power anti-austerity parties. More »

  • Merkel says new Russia sanctions an option but not the goal Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    PARIS (Reuters) - New sanctions against Russia are an option if a peace deal to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine is violated, though that is not the goal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. Merkel told a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande in Paris that the European Union "could raise the issue of sanctions" if needed. She added that implementing the peace deal was difficult but the parties involved must press ahead with doing so. (Reporting by Noah Barkin; writing by Paul Carrel) More »

  • EU discussing further Russia sanctions over Ukraine - Tusk Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    European Union leaders are discussing possible further sanctions to penalise Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday. "I am now consulting European Union leaders on the next steps," he said in a statement, after noting that an EU-brokered ceasefire was being breached and further measures were needed. "These will be directed to increase further the costs of aggression on eastern Ukraine, as well as other contributions to de-escalation, such as the Ukrainian president's proposal for how the EU can help improve the monitoring of the ceasefire. "Only words matched with deeds will in the end bring real hopes of a political solution to this conflict." EU leaders agreed to hold off on increasing or reducing sanctions at a summit last week on the same day as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande helped broker the ceasefire deal at Minsk. More »

  • France, Germany want Ukraine ceasefire fully observed - Hollande Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    France and Germany are more convinced than ever that the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving an ongoing crisis in Ukraine should be fully implemented and a ceasefire observed, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday. "With the (German) Chancellor we have never stopped speaking since the (September 2014) Minsk agreements and we are more convinced than ever that they must be applied - all the agreements, nothing but the agreements," Hollande said in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More »