Angela Merkel

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Merkel Faces Tough Choice After Germany Election Result

She hopes to form new government—by Christmas

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance won the most seats in Germany's election on Sunday, meaning she will keep her job for a fourth term—but it was her party's worst showing since 1949 and the process of forming a new government could drag into next year.... More »

Germany Poised to See Far-Right Milestone in Vote

Anti-immigrant AfD will be first in parliament since end of WWII

(Newser) - Germany votes on Sunday, with the latest polls suggesting that Angela Merkel will earn a fourth term as chancellor. A year ago, that outcome seemed in doubt, notes an analysis at Vox , thanks to Merkel's welcoming policy on refugees from Syria and elsewhere. So why is Merkel and her... More »

Merkel: US, Britain No Longer Reliable Allies

The German chancellor suggests that Trump and Brexit have changed things for Europe

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump walked away from the G7 summit in Sicily with very different takes on the meetings. The BBC reports that Merkel made a somber speech at an election event in Munich on Sunday, suggesting that Europe could “no longer rely on allies” Britain... More »

Obama to Berlin Crowd: 'We Can't Hide Behind a Wall'

Former president appears with Merkel, speaks on democracy, global responsibility

(Newser) - If anyone understands the concept of a wall, it's the people of Berlin. Which is why former President Obama's appearance there Thursday, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side, had particular resonance. "We can't isolate ourselves" from conflict, poverty, and other problems throughout the world,... More »

Ivanka Greeted With Boos at Women's Summit

Audience didn't care for her gushing about President Trump's 'advocacy' for women

(Newser) - Media access to the first family may be somewhat controlled in the US, but Ivanka Trump found such a buffer doesn't exist in Germany. Trump took the stage in Berlin on Tuesday at the W20 summit on women's entrepreneurship, at Chancellor Angela Merkel's invite, and she was... More »

Fortune Names World's 10 Best Leaders

Theo Epstein, Jack Ma top the list

(Newser) - The world's greatest leaders aren't necessarily heading countries. Indeed, the greatest leader is US politics is an Army general, according to Fortune 's fourth annual list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. However, each individual on the list—43 of whom appear for the first time—... More »

Wiretapping Joke Doesn't Help Tense Trump-Merkel Meeting

President says he and Merkel 'have something in common'

(Newser) - President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference following a meeting Friday, and NPR reports it was "wide ranging and occasionally tense." That's no surprise, as Trump has previously called Merkel a "catastrophic leader" and accused her of "ruining Germany,"... More »

He Insulted Her on Campaign Trail. Now, They Meet

Trump, Merkel are seen as polar opposites in personality and world view

(Newser) - President Trump hosts German leader Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday, and the Christian Science Monitor says it could go a long way toward clarifying relations between the US and Europe under Trump. He's made disparaging comments about the EU, NATO, and Merkel herself, and analysts say... More »

Trump Commits to Syria With Putin, NATO With Merkel

Trump spent Saturday on phone calls with 5 world leaders

(Newser) - While President Trump's travel bans made headlines, the president himself spent the day on the phone with five world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, USA Today reports. While the White House didn't initially release any information about Trump's conversation with Putin, the Kremlin says the two agreed to... More »

A Moving Selfie Turned Into 'Fake News' on Facebook: Suit

Anas Modamani says social network isn't doing enough to stop slander using his image

(Newser) - The concept of "fake news" has infused itself into the regular news cycle, and now a well-known Syrian refugee says he's embroiled in it—and he's suing Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports. Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015 when he took a selfie with... More »

Merkel: 'Particularly Repugnant' If Attacker Was Refugee

Death toll rises to 12, but now cops aren't sure they've got the right man in custody

(Newser) - Police said Tuesday that the driver who rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50, did so intentionally and that they are investigating a suspected terror attack, the AP reports. The truck struck the... More »

Wife Calls Him Out, Nigerian Prez Responds With Low Blow

Says she belongs 'in my kitchen' and 'other room'

(Newser) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari might have to get used to the doghouse after claiming his wife belongs in the kitchen. In a BBC interview aired Friday, Aisha Buhari openly criticized her husband, suggesting a few people have taken over the government and convinced him to appoint their allies to top... More »

Among Nobel Nominees: Pope, Merkel ... Trump?

And also against 374 other nominees in a record year

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have settled his recent beef with Pope Francis , but there may be a new skirmish brewing between the two—this time over the Nobel Peace Prize. The GOP frontrunner and the pontiff are both among the record number of nominees this year, the Guardian reports. The previous... More »

Time's Person of the Year: Angela Merkel

German chancellor beats out Donald Trump, others on short list

(Newser) - Donald Trump may be the loudest person of the year, but Angela Merkel is officially the Person of the Year in the eyes of Time magazine. The German chancellor beat out Trump and others on this year's short list—including ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—for the honor, Managing... More »

Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Angela Merkel

Leonid Bershidsky says there's good reason she's the favorite to win

(Newser) - On Friday, the world will get its latest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Pope Francis, John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai are all on the list, reports the Guardian . But if Leonid Bershidsky has his way, it will go to none of the above. "... More »

Merkel: 'Breathtaking' Influx Will Change Germany

Austria preparing to bring back border checks

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her nation can be proud of how it welcomed thousands of refugees over a "breathtaking" weekend—but warns that Germany can't deal with the crisis alone and other European countries need to pull their weight. At a news conference today, she said the... More »

WikiLeaks: US Spied on 3 French Presidents

Expect an angry response from Paris

(Newser) - A strange one, courtesy of WikiLeaks: The US eavesdropped on three French presidents, learning among other things that France was angry the US was eavesdropping on it. That tidbit is courtesy of a new WikiLeaks disclosure that the NSA wiretapped current French leader Francois Hollande and predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and... More »

Aussie Autofill Error Leaks World Leaders' Private Info

Passport numbers for Obama, Putin, Merkel emailed to soccer group

(Newser) - You'd think if you had charge of the passport numbers of the planet's elite leaders you'd be pretty careful. But a hapless employee of Australian's immigration agency relied a little too much on autofill—and mistakenly sent an email with the passport numbers, visa info, and... More »

US, Germany Stand Tight on Achieving Ukraine Peace

But Obama and Angela Merkel disagree on arming Ukraine against Russia

(Newser) - To arm or not to arm Ukraine is the question—and although the US and Germany may not agree on the answer to that question, for now they're presenting a unified front in finding a solution to Ukraine's conflict with Russia. President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel... More »

'Dire' Ukraine Situation Getting Worse: US

Russia 'failing miserably' at peace as Kerry, other world leaders head to Kiev

(Newser) - Despite Vladimir Putin's posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict , a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine's security position is "dire" and Russia is "failing miserably" in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry's plane as... More »

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