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Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down

18 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

Germany signals will continue EU austerity drive

Germany strongly signalled Monday it will continue to push for fiscal austerity in Europe alongside Spain, even as France was thrown into political turmoil over its economic policy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Madrid's austerity...Show More Summary

François Hollande’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

  Chris Jackson/PA Wire (Press Association via AP Images) German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets President Francois Hollande of France during an International Ceremony with Heads of State at Sword Beach in Normandy to mark the 70th Anniversary...Show More Summary

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has pledged to go...Show More Summary

The Roundup

- Ali Abunimah: "Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general" - German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country would not send any support for the PKK group, a pro-Kurdish organization designated as a terrorist group by the EU. - Thomas Frank interviews Cornel West about President Barack Obama's legacy, Ferguson and the future

Merkel backs Spain's economy minister to lead Eurogroup

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her powerful backing Monday to Spain's economy minister, Luis de Guindos, in his bid to lead the Eurogroup forum of eurozone finance ministers. The German leader's support could be crucial in landing...Show More Summary

Merkel backs Spain economy minister to lead Eurogroup

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Madrid (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she is backing Spain's economy minister, Luis de Guindos, to lead the Eurogroup forum of eurozone finance ministers.

Merkel walks part of pilgrimage route in Spain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked along the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela on Sunday under bright sun in a highly symbolic show of unity with Spain and its arduous path to economic recovery. Merkel, 60, joined Spanish...Show More Summary

Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement.

Why Merkel Has the Clout to End the Ukraine Crisis

As the crisis in Ukraine continues with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s contempt of the west growing, it’s becoming clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a key player if the crisis is to be resolved without a wider conflict. ...Show More Summary

Merkel warns Ukraine: 'You cannot achieve peace on your own'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kiev today, ahead of a Tuesday meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. She immediately encouraged the leaders to be open to peace proposals when they arrive in Belarus for their talks. Show More Summary

Germany's Merkel Urges Cease-Fire in Eastern Ukraine During Kiev Visit

KIEV, Ukraine – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a bilateral ceasefire during a working visit to Kiev on Saturday, and said she believed a diplomatic solution to the bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine was possible. “Our focus...Show More Summary

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, as a controversial Russian convoy returned home. The visit by Merkel -- the most influential Western leader...Show More Summary

Merkel, Obama warn of 'dangerous escalation' in Ukraine

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Friday that Russia was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in Ukraine due to its military presence and shelling there. In a telephone call with Merkel,...Show More Summary

Yes, Berlin has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Germany to forgive the NSA

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

For politicians in Washington, the German uproar over allegations that the NSA had spied on Merkel and collected the data of millions of Germans was remarkable. The usually calm Chancellor Angela Merkel angrily rejected American explanations and forced the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country after further allegations were made public. Show More Summary

Merkel Assures Baltic States NATO Will Protect Against Russian Aggression

On August 18, German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Baltic states that NATO would protect them against Russian aggression. Merkel said, "Article 5 of the NATO contract--the duty to provide mutual support--is not something which just...Show More Summary

Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.

Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted.

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

Why Isn’t Germany Dealing with Its Anti-Semitism Problem?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel needs to deal with this soon. Photo via Flickr user World Economic Forum Here we go again. Seventy-six years after the state-sanctioned terror of Kristallnacht, when synagogues and Jewish businesses were ransacked across the country, Jews in Germany fear for their safety. Show More Summary

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