Angela Merkel

Merkel Arrives in Southeast Turkey to Ease Tensions of Migrant Deal

By Ercan Gurses and Andreas Rinke GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 23 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in a Turkish border province on Saturday to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as she works to ease tensions in the deal to tackle the migrant crisis. Prior to its enforcement almost three weeks ago, Merkel lobbied European

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German Minister Says Migrant Crisis May Have Peaked

BERLIN, April 3 – On the eve of the first expulsions of refugees from Greece to Turkey under a deal to slow the influx of migrants to western Europe, Germany’s interior minister expressed cautious optimism that the crisis had peaked. Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure to slow the number of arrivals of migrants after

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Daesh Urges Attacks on German Chancellery, Bonn Airport: SITE group

BERLIN, March 31 – Daesh posted pictures on the Internet calling on German Muslims to carry out Brussels-style attacks in Germany, singling out Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices and the Cologne-Bonn airport as targets, the SITE intelligence group reported. Western Europe is on high security alert after last week’s Daesh suicide bombings in the Belgian capital that killed

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EU Leaders Meet to Offer Migrant Deal to Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 17  – Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands. A year into a crisis in which

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Election Setback a “Wake-up Call” For Merkel, Media and Politicians Say

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, March 14  – Critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policies called on her to change course after voters in three regional elections punished her conservatives and flocked to a new anti-immigration party that wants German borders closed. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) lost support in all three states—the industrial state of

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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Merkel Slams Anti-Immigrant AfD, Defends Her Refugee Policy

BERLIN, March 6 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, saying it stirs up prejudice and polarizes society. Her comments, made in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, reflect growing unease among Germany’s mainstream parties amid rising popular support for the right-wing AfD and its fierce

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UK Deal Done, Merkel Resets Sights on EU Migrant Plan With Turkey

By Paul Carrel BRUSSELS, Feb 20 – With a deal secured to help keep Britain in the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel swiftly refocused her sights on pressing ahead with a joint EU solution to the bloc’s refugee crisis in tandem with Turkey. Along with the deal for Britain, tackling Europe’s migrant crisis in collaboration with Turkey was a top priority

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Nations Pledge Billions for Syria at London Donors Conference

By Estelle Shirbon and William James LONDON, Feb 4 – Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference in London to tackle the world’s worst humanitarian crisis after the breakdown of peace talks the day before. With Syria‘s five-year-old civil war raging

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Refugees Must Return Home After War – Germany’s Merkel

By Andreas Rinke NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany, Jan 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Saturday to placate the increasingly vocal critics of her open-door policy for refugees by insisting that most refugees from Syria and Iraq would go home once the conflicts there had ended. Despite appearing increasingly isolated, Merkel has resisted pressure from some

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