Angela Merkel

  • Merkel lashes out at populists who say coronavirus is harmless
    BERLIN, October 29 (Reuters): Populists who argue the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, defending a circuit break lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. "We are in a dramatic situation at the start of the cold season. It affects us all, without exception," Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were "necessary and pro
  • Erdogan tells Merkel EU summit resolution not enough - Ankara
    ISTANBUL, October 6 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that last week's European Union summit decisions were not sufficient to overcome problems in relations between Ankara and the bloc, his office said on Tuesday. EU leaders on Friday overcame concerns by Cyprus, which pushed for sanctions on Ankara, by assuring it that the bloc would punish Turkey if it continues oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Eastern Mediterran
  • Merkel says no breakthrough in Brexit talks but remains 'optimistic'
    BRUSSELS/LONDON, October 2 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had no breakthrough to announce in EU talks with Britain but remained optimistic on Friday that sealing a deal on a new trade relationship after Brexit was still possible before the end of the year. With just two weeks before what both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU have set as a deadline for reaching a trade agreement, there are still major hurdles to ensuring smooth ties after a st
  • Would-be Merkel successor Laschet loses ground in local election win
    BERLIN, September 13 (Reuters): Germany's Christian Democrats were set for an election win in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, an exit poll showed, but their share of the vote shrank, denting state premier Armin Laschet's ambitions to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet, who is positioning himself as the continuity candidate to succeed Merkel, had hoped to increase the Christian Democrats' share of the vote in the local elections to boost
  • Kremlin rejects Navalny poisoning accusations, sanctions talk
    MOSCOW, September 3 (Reuters): The Kremlin on Thursday rejected accusations that Russia had been responsible for the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and said it saw no grounds for sanctions to be imposed against Moscow over the case. The Kremlin was speaking a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him. Navalny, 44, is an outspoken opponent of Russian Pre
  • Merkel says world needs to do more to combat climate change
    BERLIN, August 28 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that global efforts to combat climate change were insufficient, and that she would accelerate the fight to combat it in coming years. At a news conference, she said the European Union needed to adjust the climate goals it has set for 2030, and that she wanted a carbon pricing mechanism for the industry and transport sectors. The European Commission will next month propose a new 2030 climate target fo
  • Merkel says pandemic to worsen, to focus on social cohesion, economy
    BERLIN, August 28 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday the coronavirus pandemic was likely to worsen in coming months, and that her government would respond by prioritising the welfare of society as a whole, notably its children, and the economy. The government will be "doing everything so that our children are not the losers of the pandemic. School and daycare need to be the most important things," she told reporters at a news conference. The
  • Behind fortress walls, Macron and Merkel to chart Europe's course
    PARIS, August 20 (Reuters): Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron met behind the walls of a medieval island fortress in the Mediterranean on Thursday to chart the next steps for a partnership that is the driving force behind the European Union. In the grounds of Fort de Bregancon, Merkel was greeted on arrival by Macron and his wife Brigitte, who exchanged bows instead of handshakes. "The best place in the world," Merkel told her hosts in Eng
  • Greta Thunberg urges Merkel to get out of climate "comfort zone"
    BERLIN, August 20 (Reuters): Swedish activist Greta Thunberg urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel "to be brave enough to think long-term" in a meeting on Thursday where they discussed the climate crisis and measures to fight global warming. During a 90-minute conversation in the chancellery, Merkel explained her climate policy priorities for Germany's European Union presidency, the goal of achieving EU climate neutrality by 2050 and interim targets to reduce gree
  • Germany's Merkel warns of summit failure on EU recovery fund
    BRUSSELS, July 19 (Reuters): European Union leaders toiled in search of a coronavirus stimulus deal for a third day on Sunday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the mounting acrimony over the level of spending might not easily be overcome.   Germany and France, the EU's powerbrokers, are seeking a deal on a 1.8 trillion euro ($2.06 trillion) economic recovery package to rescue the bloc's economies that are facing their worst recession since World War
  • 'The stakes couldn't be higher': EU recovery plan summit under way
    BRUSSELS, July 17 (Reuters): European Union leaders met on Friday for tense summit talks on a multi-billion-euro plan to breathe life into their economies, their first face-to-face meeting since the coronavirus pandemic plunged the bloc into its latest crisis.   The 27 leaders, all masked up, greeted each other with elbow bumps rather than their customary cheek kisses and handshakes, and there were birthday gifts for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime
  • Merkel declines to anoint Bavaria's "good premier" her successor
    HERRENCHIEMSEE, Germany, July 14 (Reuters): Angela Merkel, on a visit to a leading candidate to succeed her when she steps down as German chancellor, praised Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder as a strong leader, but declined to be drawn into giving an endorsement ahead of a 2021 federal vote.   Merkel's decision to attend a meeting of Bavaria's cabinet was widely seen as a coronation of her successor after the wealthy southern state's aggressive management of t
  • French President Macron to meet Germany's Merkel on June 29
    PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German town of Meseberg on June 29 to discuss a European economic recovery plan, Macron's office said on Wednesday.   They will also discuss the COVID-19 crisis, environmental issues and other international affairs, added Macron's office.   Macron met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier this week, and a French presidential official said the meet