Angela Merkel


Merkel cabinet OKs new rules easing deportation of asylum seekers

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday agreed a package of measures to ease the deportation of criminal asylum seekers.

Schulz's SPD surges past CDU for first time in decade, survey shows

The German centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) for the first time in a decade, according to a German survey published on Sunday.

Merkel says NATO also important for US, vows to up defence spending

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday highlighted the significance of NATO for the United States after threats from Washington to its partners in the military alliance that it would reduce its financial contribution.

Trudeau and Merkel discuss CETA, Trump foreign policy in Berlin

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday praised the CETA trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, describing it as both precedent-setting and a blueprint for future deals.

Merkel to field questions from committee probing NSA revelations

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to appear Thursday before an investigative committee of the German parliament that has been looking into the extent of NSA spying and alleged cooperation by the country's own intelligence service.

Merkel government agrees to equalize east-west pension levels by 2025

The pension gap between western Germany and the former Communist east will be equalized by January 1, 2025, the German government decided on Wednesday.

Merkel hopes investment in Tunisians' future will curb migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday proposed funding and education incentives for Tunisians who voluntarily return to their home country as part of her bid to reduce migration to Germany from North African countries.

Ahead of Berlin visit, Tunisia premier rejects truck attack blame

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has categorically rejected any responsibility on his country's part for a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin ahead of his visit to the German capital on Tuesday.

Japanese PM Abe to discuss Trump in meeting with Germany's Merkel

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will travel to Germany in March to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on US foreign policy under President Donald Trump and other issues, he said Tuesday.

Germany cancels meeting with Israel after new settlement law passed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a meeting with the Israeli government, a government spokesman said in Berlin on Monday.

Merkel's challenger akin to Trump, German finance minister says

Germany's finance minister has come out swinging against Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament who will challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in September.

Merkel wants swifter deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers

Tunisian asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected must be deported more quickly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in her weekly video podcast.

Merkel "likely" to meet Pence next week at Munich security talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "very likely" to meet US Vice President Mike Pence at next week's Munich Security Conference, her spokesman said Friday.

Slovenian president talks to Merkel ahead of his visit to Russia

Slovenian President Borut Pahor in Berlin on Wednesday held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about issues concerning the future of the European Union, notably security and political issues in its neighbourhood.

German presidential vote is a fresh political test for Merkel

Backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be elected as the nation's president on Sunday. But what does the vote say about Merkel's current political authority?

Merkel and Szydlo put aside differences to plot unified course

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Warsaw looking to criticize perceived democratic deficits in Poland, but also to nurture an improving relationship between the two countries.

Putin requests new Ukraine peace talks in conversation with Merkel

There need to be new Ukraine peace talks as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

Merkel tells sister political party: No ceiling on refugee numbers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out imposing a ceiling for the number of refugees Germany will take should she win September elections, highlighting a key differences in her conservative political bloc regarding asylum seekers.

German conservatives unite behind Merkel as Social Democrats surge

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives rallied behind her bid for a fourth term as German leader on Monday, laying aside months of disunity to help head off a surge in support for the rival Social Democrats (SPD).

Merkel advocates EU trade deal with South American countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of a free trade agreement between the European Union and South American states.

Trump woes loom over EU summit as leaders agree to migration plan

EU leaders agreed on a plan to stem the flow of migrants via the Mediterranean at a summit in Malta on Friday, yet they repeatedly found themselves addressing the elephant in the room: US President Donald Trump.

Merkel: Europe must define its role in the world

Europe must clearly define its role in the world in response to US President Donald Trump's actions, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel before an EU leaders' summit in the Maltese capital.

Merkel urges Erdogan to respect democracy ahead of referendum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to respect democracy and press freedom after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

Germany's Merkel and Sweden's premier criticize US travel ban

The new US administration's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries drew fire on Tuesday from the leaders of Germany and Sweden.

Germany's Merkel in Sweden for talks on EU, migration and Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Tuesday in Sweden for talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that were expected to centre on migration, job creation and Britain's exit from the EU.

Ukraine's simmering conflict enters third year with no end in sight

The conflict in Ukraine's two eastern-most regions between Russian-aligned rebels and the Ukrainian military is entering its third year with no end in sight.

Merkel opposes US travel ban targeting mainly Muslims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not believe that US President Donald Trump's order to ban the entry of refugees and citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries is justified by security concerns, her spokesman said on Sunday.

Trump, Merkel assert 'fundamental importance' of NATO alliance

New US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the "fundamental importance" of the NATO alliance to transatlantic ties in their first telephone conversation on Saturday.

Germany, Beijing commit to free trade amid Trump's anti-China views

Germany and China have agreed to strengthen their economic cooperation and to promote globalization through expediting an investment deal in the wake of Donald Trump taking over the White House in Washington.

Merkel challenger Schulz "speaks language of the people," says ally

Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Wednesday presented himself in the German parliament as his Social Democrats' (SPD) candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's September 24 election.

Ex-EU Parliament chief Schulz to challenge Merkel in German elections

Former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz is set to lead Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) into battle against Chancellor Angela Merkel in national elections later this year, after being nominated by his party's executive committee.

Gabriel set to become German foreign minister

Social Democrat chief Sigmar Gabriel is set to become Germany's foreign minister after deciding against standing as the party's challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September general election, SPD officials told dpa.

Gabriel proposes Schulz as the centre-left SPD's challenger to Merkel

German Social Democrat (SPD) chief Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday he will not lead his centre-left party's challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election.

EU experts: Merkel has been main target of fake news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the main target of fake news campaigns in Europe, including disinformation stating she had been complicit in terrorist attacks on Paris and Brussels, a source familiar with the work of an EU task force said Monday.

Merkel patiently waiting for White House invitation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is patiently waiting to be invited for talks with Donald Trump and is unconcerned that the British prime minister will become the first leader to meet with the new US president, her spokesman said on Monday.

French presidential hopeful at odds with Merkel over refugees

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday and then gave a speech which criticized her open-door migration policy.

Merkel not watching Trump inauguration, as US-German business warns

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany warned incoming US president Donald Trump on Friday against leading the world's biggest economy into isolation, while Chancellor Angela Merkel has other plans during the transfer of power in Washington.

Obamas make final call to bid Merkel 'Auf Wiedersehen'

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama telephoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, Thursday to thank them for their personal friendship.

Merkel pledges to hold Europe together after Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Wednesday to hold the European Union together after Britain's planned exit from the European Union.

Merkel warns against speedy Brexit talks ahead of May's speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down expectations on Monday of a rapid round of negotiations aimed at ending Britain's membership in the European Union.

Merkel fires back at Trump, says Europe will choose its own 'destiny'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday fired back at US president-elect Donald Trump's denunciation of her liberal stance on refugees and his dismissal of the NATO military alliance as "obsolete."

Merkel to 'work closely' with Trump despite attack over migration

Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to "work closely" with incoming US president Donald Trump despite his attack on her handling of the German refugee crisis, her spokesman Steffen Seibert says.

Merkel accepts gift that triggered police raid

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday accepted a handmade wood carving from an Iranian refugee, two weeks after the thank-you gift triggered a police raid at a German postal centre.

Merkel looks to a sceptical Trump to bolster free trade policies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she will seek support from US president-elect Donald Trump in promoting free trade policies among the world's leading economies.

Merkel, Egypt's al-Sissi discuss terrorism fight and ties

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday discussed anti-terrorism cooperation in the wake recent deadly attacks in their countries.

Migration to Germany plummets with 280,000 arrivals in 2016

Germany received 280,000 asylum seekers in 2016, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, marking a sharp drop from the previous year.

Merkel calls for faster deportations from Germany in wake of attacks

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Monday for faster deportations of failed asylum seekers as Germany moves to expand its anti-terrorism laws following a series of deadly attacks in the country.

Merkel remains at loggerheads with allies over refugee limits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has entered a critical election year with deep divisions remaining in her conservative political bloc over the nation's refugee crisis and opposition to her plans for a revamp of the country's security structure.

Merkel warns in new year address of terrorist threat in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel will warn in her new year's address on Saturday of the terrorist threat facing Germany, saying that her government will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the country's security.

Merkel support climbs following Berlin attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal approval ratings have climbed following last week's terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Refugees send thank-you gift to Merkel, prompting police raid

Police stormed a post office in western Germany on Tuesday after two asylum seekers tried to send a package containing a thank-you gift for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel says she will consider political, legal changes after attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her government will investigate whether and to what extent political and legal changes need to be made in the wake of the suspected Islamist attack in Berlin that killed 12 people.

Merkel says must assume Berlin market carnage was terrorist attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed the deadly truck assault on a crowded Berlin Christmas market was a terrorist attack.

Tsipras calls on Berlin to back its reform plans

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended his government's economic reform plan on Friday, calling on Berlin to back Athens' efforts to emerge from its long-running debt and economic crisis.

Merkel and Hollande talk Ukraine, Syria ahead of EU leaders' meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday would allow the two to prepare for a European leaders' summit on topics like the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Eyeing election, Merkel party pushes for criminalization of fake news

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are pushing for the criminalization of fake news, local media reported Tuesday, as Germany's political establishment anticipates the effect such stories might have on federal elections next year.

Croatian PM says relations with Germany of strategic importance

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Berlin Monday that the main focus of his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel were bilateral relations, from economic relations to cooperation at the European level and within NATO, adding that Croatia-Germany relations in the current European context and globally were of strategic importance for Croatia.

Plenkovic-Merkel: Mutual relations excellent, stronger support for region's EU path

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic concluded in Berlin on Monday that German-Croatian relations were excellent while at the same time they underscored the need to strengthen support to countries in Southeast Europe on their path to European Union membership.

Croatian PM to officially visit Germany on Dec 11,12

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will officially visit Germany on December 11 and 12, at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Office of the Croatian prime Minister said in a press release Friday.

Merkel's CDU gets tough on migration, taking aim at dual citizenship

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) want to sharpen up Germany's migrant rules with a call for limiting dual citizenship and for German to be recognized as the national language in the country's constitution.

Merkel re-elected party leader after toughening tone on refugees

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have edged to the right with plans for a tougher stance on asylum seekers and a ban on the burqa as the party attempts to shore up support in the wake of the nation's refugee crisis.

Merkel calls for burqa ban as her party toughens asylum stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burqa ban wherever possible on Monday at her conservative Christian Democrats' (CDU) party conference, as the party gears up to back her for a fourth term.

Merkel to win party support for new term as chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) are set to back her for a fourth term in office at their annual conference on Tuesday, where the party is also expected to toughen its stance on refugees.

Merkel's CDU to toughen ayslum laws at party conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's signalled on Monday that her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) will toughen their asylum stance when they meet for their annual party conference this week.

Merkel faces toughest challenge yet as she looks to win fourth term

Germany's conservatives are set to back Angela Merkel next week for a fourth term as leader of Europe's biggest economy. But will she have the political authority to confront the challenges facing Germany both at home and abroad?

Merkel lends support to Albania's hopes of EU membership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lent her support on Monday to Albania's drive for European Union membership.

Merkel's Bavarian ally demands refugee limit as elections loom

The leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) has made continuing support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) dependent on the creation of an annual limit of 200,000 refugees entering Germany.

Germany urges dialogue as Turkey belittles EU vote on membership bid

An upcoming vote by EU lawmakers on Turkey's EU membership bid weighed on the minds of the leaders of Germany and Turkey on Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for dialogue and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissing the vote.

Angela Merkel: The quiet ambition of a global leader

Chancellor Angela Merkel has cultivated the image of a prudent, pragmatic and quietly powerful leader. Despite strong support internationally, Merkel is facing an unprecedented right-wing revolt at home.

Merkel announces bid for fourth term in "difficult times"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced late Sunday that she will run for a fourth term in office in general elections next year in order "to serve Germany ... in these difficult and uncertain times."

Four defining moments of Merkel's 11 years as German chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first three terms in office have been marked for the most part by prudence, adaptability and solid public support, but they have not been without controversy.

German Chancellor Merkel to stand for fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she will stand for re-election next year, party sources told dpa on Sunday, after months of uncertainty over whether she would run for a fourth term.

Merkel's deputy expects her to run for fourth term

Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term as German chancellor - if the prediction of her deputy is anything to go by.

Obama meets embattled EU leaders against backdrop of Trump win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hosted a meeting of European leaders with outgoing US President Barack Obama, who was on his last trip to the continent before handing over to president-elect Donald Trump early next year.

Obama on farewell tour: EU needs to be "cultivated and fought for"

The European Union is one of the world's greatest political achievements and should not be taken for granted, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday after his final bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel before leaving office.

Germans should appreciate Merkel, Obama says ahead of final talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel represents "great credibility" and the people of Germany should appreciate her, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday ahead of his last bilateral meeting with the German leader before he leaves office in January.

Merkel: Presidential hopeful Steinmeier is "the right candidate"

Foreign Minister and presidential hopeful Frank-Walter Steinmeier - a Social Democrat (SPD) regularly ranked as one of Germany's most popular politicians - is "the right candidate in these times," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

Merkel to stand for fourth term, senior party member says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will run for a fourth term, an influential member of her governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party said on Tuesday, amid uncertainty over her political future.

Putin, Merkel discuss gas transit via Ukraine as temperatures drop

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday warned Germany about Ukraine possibly disrupting gas supplies to Europe during an expected severe winter.

Merkel, Trump hold first phone call since his election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had her first phone call with Donald Trump since his election as president of the United States, saying she hoped to meet him at the latest at next year's Group of 20 summit, her spokesman said Friday.

Merkel congratulates Trump on victory, offers "close cooperation"

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump on his election win and offered Germany's "close cooperation."

Merkel warns of Russian cyber attacks in next year's German election

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday about the threat posed by Russian cyber attacks at next year's German national elections as part of an attempt by Moscow to influence the outcome of the ballot in Europe's biggest economy.

Motion to end support for Merkel fails at sister party rally

A proposal to withhold support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel should she once more campaign for the job didn't pass at a convention of her party's Bavarian affiliate.

Merkel, economic advisers clash over pace of reforms

Berlin's panel of economic advisers clashed on Wednesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel over the pace of reform under her government as they lowered their growth outlook for Europe's biggest economy for the coming year.

Merkel to miss sister party conference amid dispute over refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend the conference of her party's Bavarian affiliate, sources in the sister party said Saturday amid a months-long dispute over her refugee policies.

Merkel to host crisis summit in Berlin on Ukraine, Syria

Germany and France are to call on Wednesday for extending the suspension of Russian-led airstrikes against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo at a crisis summit hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Leftist German parties consider teaming up to topple Merkel

Some 90 left-leaning lawmakers in the German parliament were set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a coalition that would exclude Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Party (CDU).

Putin to attend Wednesday Ukraine summit hosted by Merkel in Berlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to attend a summit in Berlin on Wednesday, part of a fresh bid to resolve the long-running Ukraine crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Tuesday.

Merkel toughens rhetoric on deporting unsuccessful asylum seekers

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needs to make a "national effort" to ensure that migrants who have applied for asylum in the country unsuccessfully are returned to their home countries.

Merkel pledges 17 million euros in aid to Niger to curb migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Monday in Niger for the second leg of a three-day Africa tour, during which she has stressed the need for more security and better living conditions on the continent to slow migration to Europe.

Merkel pledges German support for Mali's troubled north

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday pledged support for the stabilization and development of Mali, where Islamist groups are operating in the north of the country.

Merkel pushes for better investment in Africa to slow migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better conditions for private investment in African countries in order to combat the economic causes of migration.

Merkel called "traitor of the people" as Germany marks reunification

Hundreds of protestors confronted German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Dresden's Frauenkirche church Sunday, bringing Europe's most powerful leader face-to-face with criticism of her migration policies on the 26th anniversary of German reunification.

Merkel warns Germany not to forget past as it marks reunification

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned her countrymen on Saturday not to forget or misuse German history, speaking ahead of October 3 celebrations to mark the 26th anniversary of the country's reunification following the end of the Cold War.

Merkel pushes for digital progress ahead of Hollande, Juncker meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for more cooperation between EU member states and companies on digital development ahead of a meeting with French President Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Berlin and Deutsche Bank deny rescue plan was drawn up for lender

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government joined the chief of Deutsche Bank in rejecting a media report that said Berlin had drawn up an emergency rescue plan for the country's ailing top bank.

Merkel meets Balkan leaders to discuss migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stung by several setbacks at the ballot box over her refugees policy, was due in Vienna Saturday for potentially tense talks with the leaders of countries along the Balkan migrant route, AFP reported.

Syria tops agenda as German vice chancellor meets Putin

Germany's vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel met Russian President Vladimir Putin late Wednesday, with the crisis in Syria high on the agenda.

Merkel admits mistakes in refugee crisis after drubbing at polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Monday that mistakes had been made in the refugee crisis but ruled out any major change in course despite her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) suffering heavy losses in a string of state elections.

Merkel's party scores worst ever result in Berlin elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered a fresh blow on Sunday slumping to their worst-ever result in Berlin city-state elections after a surge in support for the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD).