Angela Merkel

Bomb-Carrying Syrian Dies Outside German Music Festival; 12 Wounded

By Thomas Krumenacker, Andrea Shalal and Andreas Burger BERLIN/ANSBACH, Germany, July 25 – A 27-year-old Syrian man denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in Bavaria, the fourth violent attack in Germany in less than a week, a senior Bavarian state

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Merkel Tells Erdogan Death Penalty Not Compatible With EU Membership

By Michael Nienaber and Andrea Shalal BERLIN, July 18 – Turkey cannot join the European Union if it reinstates the death penalty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone call on Monday, a German spokeswoman said. Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004, allowing it to open EU accession talks the

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Merkel Sees No Need to Rush Britain Into Quick EU Divorce

By Michael Holden and Paul Carrel LONDON/BERLIN, June 26 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons’ decision

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Erdogan Loses Appeal to Obtain Injunction Against Springer CEO

BERLIN, June 21 – A German court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after he was denied an injunction to prevent the chief executive of Europe’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer from repeating an insulting poem. In an open letter published in April, Mathias Doepfner expressed his support for German comedian

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‘Living in Germany’: A Testing Time for Merkel’s Migrants

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, May 25 – In an east Berlin classroom, a group of migrants is taking a “Living in Germany” practice test. From a list of holidays that includes Easter, Christmas and Labour Day, they must identify which ones are Christian; they must determine whether foods like white sausage, pizza and doner kebabs

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German Politicians Say Merkel left EU exposed to Turkish blackmail

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, May 16 – German politicians accused Chancellor Angela Merkel at the weekend of making Europe overly dependent on Turkey in the migrant crisis, leaving the bloc vulnerable to blackmail by President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, refusing to bow to European Union demands to rein in its broad anti-terror laws, said on Friday talks

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Merkel’s Coalition Partner Accuses Her of About-Turn on Refugees

BERLIN, May 14 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner accused her of doing an about-turn on her refugee policy since she opened Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants in September. German Vice Chancellor and Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that Merkel had made the right decision to

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Anti-Immigrant AfD Says Muslims Not Welcome in Germany

By Tina Bellon STUTTGART, Germany, May 1  – Delegates from Germany’s anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the country’s constitution and calls for a ban on minarets and the burqa. The AfD, set up just three years ago, has been buoyed by

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Germany Seeking “Safe Zones” in Syria To Shelter Refugees

By Ercan Gurses and Andreas Rinke GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 24 – Germany is seeking the creation of “safe zones” to shelter refugees in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, an idea Turkey has long championed in the face of U.N. caution. Keeping refugees on the Syrian side of the border would help Brussels and Ankara, which hosts 2.7

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