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Merkel Has Beef With Trump's Twitter Ban

Says freedom of opinion is a fundamental right

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers President Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company "problematic," her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a "risk of further incitement of violence" in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Navalny Confirms a High-Profile Visitor

German chancellor Angela Merkel went to see him in the hospital

(Newser) - It might be a sign of how seriously foreign leaders are taking the case of Alexei Navalny's poisoning: German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a private visit to the Russian opposition leader while he was hospitalized in Berlin, reports the Guardian . German media broke the news Sunday, characterizing it as...

One of These Men Nabs Time 'Most Influential' Cover

Fauci. Time 100 list also features Trump, Megan Thee Stallion, and more

(Newser) - President Trump will not like this : Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force graces the cover of Time magazine as one of the year's 100 most influential people . (There will be eight worldwide covers in all, per Entertainment Weekly .) President Trump also made the list,...

Russia's Navalny Is Out of Coma

Russian opposition leader to be gradually taken off ventilator

(Newser) - Doctors in a Berlin hospital have pulled Russian Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader whom German officials say was poisoned , out of an induced coma and say he's responding to verbal stimuli. Navalny is being eased off a ventilator, Sky News reports. Although they said he's improving, doctors...

Russia Wants Germany to Show Proof of Poisoning

Putin aide says investigators are trying to figure what happened to Alexei Navalny

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman brushed off allegations Thursday that the Kremlin was involved in poisoning the Russian leader's most determined critic, accusing Germany of not providing Moscow with any evidence about the condition of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. A politician and corruption investigator, Navalny fell ill on a...

After Grueling Slog, Weary EU Leaders OK $2.1T COVID Deal

It took 4 days and nights of negotiations in Brussels

(Newser) - After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented $2.1 trillion budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to a costly, massive aid package for those hit hardest...

Carl Bernstein Has Damning Story on Trump Phone Calls

Quotes aides calling president 'delusional'

(Newser) - Carl Bernstein's latest investigative story for CNN is all about President Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders, and it's one that will not make Trump happy. Bernstein writes that Trump was so regularly "outplayed" by Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdogan and so...

Trump Postpones G7

June meeting set for Camp David postponed until at least the fall

(Newser) - President Trump said Saturday that he will postpone until the fall a meeting of Group of 7 he had planned to hold next month at the White House despite the ongoing pandemic. And he said he plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea, and India as he again advocated for...

Germans Celebrate the Fall of Berlin Wall, Tweaking Trump

Pro-democracy group sends an original section to White House

(Newser) - With the help of leaders from other European nations, Germany marked the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago with ceremonies, reenactments and an examination of the historic event's meaning. "The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history, and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people...

Merkel Experiences 3rd Public Bout of Shakes

German chancellor visibly shook while standing at Berlin ceremony

(Newser) - It's getting harder for Angela Merkel to brush off concerns over her health. The German chancellor was publicly observed shaking Wednesday for the third time in a month, though a spokesperson says the leader is "fine," per Sky News . Merkel's body shook at a ceremony in...

Merkel Visibly Shakes—Again

Spokesperson maintains German chancellor is 'well'

(Newser) - Onlookers are again questioning the health of Angela Merkel after she was seen shaking for a second time in two weeks. The German chancellor's hands and body shook as she listened to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speak Thursday in Berlin at a farewell ceremony for Justice Minister Katarina Barley, reports...

After Visibly Shaking, Merkel Explains

German chancellor says she was dehydrated during ceremony on hot day

(Newser) - Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably Tuesday during a welcoming ceremony for Ukraine's president—but she blames dehydration and says all is fine now. "I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well," the German chancellor...

Pence and Merkel See Things Very Differently

Especially about the Iran nuclear deal

(Newser) - Angela Merkel got a standing ovation; Mike Pence, polite applause. Now the media is hashing out the starkly different policy prescriptions they presented Saturday at a Munich security conference. Facing an audience peppered with influential figures—like a senior Chinese official, Russia's foreign minister, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka...

Merkel, German Politicians Hit by Data Breach

Addresses, phone numbers shared via Twitter on Friday

(Newser) - Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained, per the AP . The data breach hit politicians at all levels—including the European, German, and state parliaments as well...

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle...

Plane Carrying Merkel to G-20 Makes Emergency Landing

No injuries reported

(Newser) - A plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina was forced to make an unscheduled landing Thursday night in western Germany, reportedly due to technical problems. The government Airbus, which was en route to Buenos Aires, turned around over the Netherlands about an hour...

For Germany's Merkel, a 'Watershed Moment'

She will reportedly step down as chancellor at end of current parliamentary term

(Newser) - It looks like the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel's long tenure as Germany's chancellor. After her ruling party under-performed in state elections, Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democratic Union that this would be her final parliamentary term as chancellor, reports the AP . The current term...

Trump's Blast at Germany Calls Attention to Huge Pipeline

US worried proposed project would give Russia too much money, influence in Europe

(Newser) - President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from...

Trump Lights Into Germany at NATO Breakfast

He says country is 'controlled' by Russia; Angela Merkel isn't having it

(Newser) - In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" and blasted NATO allies' defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American...

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