Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

Merkel launches re-election campaign with firm stance on immigration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her re-election bid on Tuesday by lashing out at populists trying to exploit fears over the recent influx of refugees, while also taking a tough stance on integration, including a ban on full-face veils. Merkel outlined her strategy at an annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, […]

Charlie Hebdo’s first German front cover? Merkel on the toilet

Charlie Hebdo’s first German front cover? Merkel on the toilet

Some put Chancellor Angela Merkel on a pedestal, but French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo placed her on a toilet seat in seeking to conquer Germany with its provocative brand of humour. The magazine hit German newsstands Thursday — its first foreign-language edition, an innovation undertaken nearly two years after its staff was almost wiped out […]

Merkel to stand for fourth term as German chancellor

Merkel to stand for fourth term as German chancellor

Angela Merkel confirmed Sunday she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year’s election, a move likely to be welcomed in many capitals around the globe. After months of feverish speculation, Merkel told reporters Sunday night that “I literally thought about this decision endlessly … but I am ready to […]

Frauke ‘Adolfina’ Petry: the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam threat to Merkel

Frauke ‘Adolfina’ Petry: the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam threat to Merkel

Frauke Petry, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD), has proved so inflammatory that she’s earned the nickname “Adolfina”. Despite this, the AfD made significant gains in local elections this weekend. With about 20.8% of votes, the anti-immigrant AfD came second in eastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern regional election this weekend: beating Chancellor Angela Merkel’s […]

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

 Merkel rejects calls to reverse refugee policy after attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her welcoming stance towards refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel told reporters that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need”. “We firmly reject this,” she said. Merkel, […]

Merkel backs May’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

Merkel backs May’s decision to delay triggering Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to wait until 2017 before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, a day before the British leader was to meet with French President François Hollande on Thursday. Yet while Merkel ceded that the UK needed time to put together a negotiating stance […]

Merkel says no formal or informal talks before UK triggers Article 50 to withdraw from EU

Merkel says no formal or informal talks before UK triggers Article 50 to withdraw from EU

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy vowed Monday “a new impulse” for the EU as it reels from Brexit and told London that the bloc would make no deals before Britain formally decides to leave. The EU’s three most populous continental nations signalled that the UK must first take the plunge of invoking Article […]

Hollande and Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun Battle

Hollande and Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun Battle

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will stand shoulder to shoulder Sunday on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I. To mark the centenary, Hollande and Merkel will lay wreaths at cemeteries holding the dead of both sides […]