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  • Fiercely critical of NSA, Germany now answering for its own spy practices Fri, May 22, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovered in 2013 that the National Security Agency had been snooping on her countrymen, and even tapping her own cellphone, through the media leaks by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Now, in something of an ironic twist, Germany is coming to terms with its own spy agency's surveillance tactics and cooperation with the NSA. Recent reports have revealed that Germany's foreign services agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst – or BND for short – cooperated with the NSA so that it could spy on European Union interests such as the European Commission, the French president, and the French aerospace company Airbus. Last week, a transcript of a parliamentary inquiry leaked through WikiLeaks showed that top German officials are reluctant to divulge details about the alliance, even behind closed doors. More »

  • Eurozone stocks slip as EU leaders meet
    Eurozone stocks slip as EU leaders meet Fri, May 22, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) at the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 More »

  • Greek PM Tsipras says optimistic can reach deal with creditors soon Fri, May 22, 2015

    Greece and its international creditors can soon reach an agreement on funding in exchange for reforms, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters on Friday. Greece is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund and the euro zone what reforms it must implement to get more loans as the debt-ridden country is quickly running out of cash and may not have enough to repay maturing loans on June 5. Tsipras met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday evening in Riga on the sidelines of an Eastern Partnership summit. More »

  • Greece must work intensively with creditors - Merkel Fri, May 22, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Greece needed to work intensively with its creditors, with a lot of effort required before an agreement can be reached. Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday evening on the sidelines of a European summit with a number of ex-Soviet states. More »

  • Merkel says more work needed on Greek loan talks
    Merkel says more work needed on Greek loan talks Fri, May 22, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the EU eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 More »

  • Eurozone stocks fall as EU leaders meet
    Eurozone stocks fall as EU leaders meet Fri, May 22, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) at the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 More »

  • Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
    Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks Fri, May 22, 2015

    With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, ... More »

  • Merkel dampens hopes for Greek loan deal
    Merkel dampens hopes for Greek loan deal Fri, May 22, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the EU eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 More »

  • Merkel says still 'a lot to do' for Greek debt deal
    Merkel says still 'a lot to do' for Greek debt deal Fri, May 22, 2015

    German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the EU eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 More »

  • Merkel says 'a whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
    Merkel says 'a whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks Fri, May 22, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday added urgency to the talks between Athens and its international creditors, saying after a meeting with Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras that "very, very intensive ... More »

  • Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week
    Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week Fri, May 22, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will go to Berlin and Paris late next week for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on European Union reform, a British official said on Friday. Newly re-elected Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics on Friday to sound out other EU leaders on his demands for changes before a British referendum on EU membership that he has promised before the end of 2017. Cameron has not arranged formal meetings with Merkel and Hollande, among the EU's most influential leaders, in Riga but he will probably have a chance to speak to them on the sidelines of the meeting, the British official said. More »

  • French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga
    French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga Fri, May 22, 2015

    Picture released by German government on May 21, 2015 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Greek Prime Minister Alexia Tsipras (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) before a meeting on the ... More »

  • Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners
    Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners Fri, May 22, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande urge Tsipras to complete current bailout
    Merkel, Hollande urge Tsipras to complete current bailout Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou, Andreas Rinke and Alastair Macdonald RIGA (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks on Athens' debt crisis with the German and French leaders but won little more in public than a reminder he needs to do more to secure funds urgently needed to avert bankruptcy. A Greek official, who shared the views of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that the meeting had been "friendly and constructive", later told reporters that they had offered Tsipras their personal help in speeding up progress toward a long-term settlement of the debt crisis. More »

  • Greek official says 'closer to a deal' after Riga talks Fri, May 22, 2015

    Talks between the leaders of Greece, Germany and France brought Athens closer to a settlement with its creditors, a Greek government official said on Friday, adding that differences remained on familiar issues. "We are closer to a deal," the official said after two hours of late-night discussions between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the leaders of the euro zone's two biggest economies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. The Greek official said Tsipras won assurances of help in accelerating progress to a long-term solution to the crisis and said extending the current package was not discussed. More »

  • Merkel, Tsipras, Hollande focussed on Greece completing current bailout Thu, May 21, 2015

    RIGA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held "friendly and constructive" talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that focussed on Athens' completing its current bailout, a German government spokesman said on Friday. The three, who met for two hours late at night during an EU summit in Riga, agreed that Athens should continue its talks with its creditor institutions, while the three leaders also agreed to keep in close contact with each other. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Adrian Croft) More »

  • Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to give push to debt talks
    Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to give push to debt talks Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou and Andreas Rinke RIGA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held talks late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, hoping to speed the resolution of Athens' debt crisis on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga. Since its election, Tsipras's left-wing government has held four months of talks with the EU and International Monetary Fund, seeking a deal that could release up to 7.2 billion euros (5.1 billion pounds) in funds, but talks have stumbled over pension, labour reform, fiscal targets and increases in value-added tax. "We are not going to negotiate the Greek question in Riga but it's true that this allows us to prepare for the upcoming deadline, notably the Eurogroup meeting at the end of the month or at the start of June," Hollande told reporters on arrival. More »

  • Turmoil in Germany's Eurosceptic AfD as leaders battle
    Turmoil in Germany's Eurosceptic AfD as leaders battle Thu, May 21, 2015

    A co-leader of the Eurosceptic party that has been siphoning votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives the last two years has attacked its founder Bernd Lucke as unqualified to lead the protest party. Merkel's conservatives have been hoping for an implosion in the Alternative for Germany party, known as AfD, which has won seats in five state assemblies since August after climbing as high as 9 percent in German opinion polls. Frauke Petry, who leads the AfD's right wing, told Die Welt newspaper that Lucke, a moderate, was no longer fit to lead the AfD after announcing this week plans to create a rival group of moderates called "Weckruf 2015 (Wake up call 2015). More »

  • Merkel sets tone for EU summit with eastern partners
    Merkel sets tone for EU summit with eastern partners Thu, May 21, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on May 21, 2015 in Berlin More »

  • Ukraine crisis makes EU eastern partnership more important - Merkel Thu, May 21, 2015

    The crisis in Ukraine makes the European Union's partnership with the bloc's eastern neighbours more important than ever, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, insisting that the initiative is not directed against Russia. Speaking in parliament before joining a summit in Riga with six of the EU's ex-Soviet neighbours, Merkel said Europe's peaceful order had been shaken in the last 18 months by Russia's "illegal annexation" of Crimea and fighting in eastern Ukraine. "Not least under these circumstances, the eastern partnership is more important than ever," Merkel told the Bundestag. More »

  • Russian return to G7 'unimaginable' for now, says Merkel
    Russian return to G7 'unimaginable' for now, says Merkel Thu, May 21, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on May 21, 2015 in Berlin More »

  • Russian return to G7 'unimaginable' for now: Merkel
    Russian return to G7 'unimaginable' for now: Merkel Thu, May 21, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on May 21, 2015 in Berlin More »

  • Merkel - can't imagine Russia back in G8 until common values met
    Merkel - can't imagine Russia back in G8 until common values met Thu, May 21, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that there would not be any Group of 8 meetings with Russia as long as it fails to comply with basic common values of democracy and states based on rules of law. "The developments in Ukraine are the reason that we will meet in Elmau as Group of 7 and not a Group of 8," she said in a speech in parliament, referring to the meetings in Bavaria next month without Russia's participation. More »

  • EU wants framework for trade deal with U.S. by end-2015 - Merkel
    EU wants framework for trade deal with U.S. by end-2015 - Merkel Thu, May 21, 2015

    Germany and its European partners remain committed to achieving the political framework for a Europe-U.S. free trade deal by the end of this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. At a time of disappointing economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could generate new jobs and $100 billion a year in additional output, according to the European Commission. Merkel said Germany still wanted to clinch a deal. More »

  • Germany to pay compensation to Soviet WW2 prisoners
    Germany to pay compensation to Soviet WW2 prisoners Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government plans to pay a total of 10 million euros in compensation to an estimated 4,000 surviving World War Two Soviet prisoners for their suffering at the hands of Nazi Germany, coalition sources said on Wednesday. Europe marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the war earlier this month, and the event threw a spotlight on some of the more rarely discussed aspects of the conflict, such as the fate of many millions of prisoners of war. The sources told Reuters that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have agreed with their Social Democrat (SPD) partners to set aside the sum in a supplementary budget, with each survivor due to receive 2,500 euros (1,784 pounds). More »

  • Poll shows a third of Germans feel deceived by Merkel in spy row
    Poll shows a third of Germans feel deceived by Merkel in spy row Wed, May 20, 2015

    One in three Germans feels deceived by Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding a row over spying on Germans, but almost half are not very interested in the whole affair, a poll showed on Wednesday. Allegations that Germany's foreign intelligence agency, BND, helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spy on European companies and officials have caused rifts in Merkel's coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) and are showing signs of hurting Merkel. It also showed more than half of German voters would still back Merkel in a direct vote against her SPD rival, Sigmar Gabriel, although that number slipped 1 percentage point to 56 percent. More »

  • Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal
    Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal Tue, May 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a joint press conference after their meeting at the Chancellery on May 19, 2015 in Berlin More »

  • Merkel and Tsipras may meet at EU summit in Riga - German official Tue, May 19, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may meet on the sidelines of a summit in Riga this week between leaders of the European Union and its eastern European partners, a German government official said on Tuesday. However, such a meeting will not take decisions on Greece's debt and reform negotiations, for which talks with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund are the decisive format, said the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity. ... More »

  • Merkel backs coalition partner after spy scandal rifts
    Merkel backs coalition partner after spy scandal rifts Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had a good working relationship with her Social Democrat (SPD) deputy after he homed in on her role in a row over the activities of the BND spy agency, which has put strains on their right-left coalition. The expression of support for SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel came after a senior member of Merkel's party talked openly for the first time of the potential breakup of the coalition due to the scandal, which has dented the chancellor's popularity. Critics accuse Merkel's staff of allowing the BND foreign intelligence agency to help the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spy on European companies and officials. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande push for 'ambitious' climate deal
    Merkel, Hollande push for 'ambitious' climate deal Tue, May 19, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande jointly pledged Tuesday to do their utmost to ensure an "ambitious" UN deal to combat climate change is reached this year. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection
    Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection Tue, May 19, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference. More »

  • Merkel: Global catastrophe plan needed after Ebola crisis
    Merkel: Global catastrophe plan needed after Ebola crisis Mon, May 18, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The Ebola crisis in western Africa showed the world in a painful way that a global catastrophe plan is needed to deal with future epidemics, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday. More »

  • World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel
    World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel Mon, May 18, 2015

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers. More »

  • Germany's SPD notches up pressure on Merkel to divulge U.S. spy list
    Germany's SPD notches up pressure on Merkel to divulge U.S. spy list Sun, May 17, 2015

    By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under increasing pressure to divulge a list of targets, including the IP addresses of individual computers, that German intelligence tracked on behalf of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Critics have accused Merkel's staff of giving the BND foreign intelligence agency the green light to help the NSA spy on European firms and officials, triggering a scandal that has dented the chancellor's popularity. The affair has strained relations between Merkel's conservatives and their junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader Sigmar Gabriel has publicly challenged her over her role in the affair. More »

  • Germany urges Greece to undertake reforms to unlock funds
    Germany urges Greece to undertake reforms to unlock funds Sun, May 17, 2015

    By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - German politicians kept up the pressure on Greece over the weekend to implement reforms, with Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warning Athens in an interview that a third aid package would not be on the cards unless the Greeks made some changes. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble suggested on Monday that Greece might need a referendum to approve painful economic reforms on which its creditors are insisting, and Gabriel said such a vote might speed up decisions. Athens has said it had no plans for a referendum at the moment. Gabriel, head of the Social Democrats (SPD), Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, stressed that the Greek government needed to take action in any case. More »