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Merkel Does Not See EU Expanding Membership Talks with Turkey

BERLIN, Nov 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey

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Merkel Faces Setback in Berlin Vote Due to Migrant Fears

By Michael Nienaber BERLIN, Sept 18 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives look set to suffer a second electoral blow in two weeks in a Berlin city vote on Sunday as voters are expected to express their unease with her refugee-friendly policy. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to profit from a popular

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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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‘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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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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Germany Fears Return of Turkish-Kurdish Violence on its Soil

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, April 13 – As Germany scrambles to contain a diplomatic row with Turkey over a comedian’s mocking of President Tayyip Erdogan, officials are growing worried about another byproduct of their Faustian migrant pact with Ankara: an upsurge in violence between nationalist Turks and militant Kurds on German soil. Germany is home

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EU’s Juncker Sees Progress in Migrant Crisis, Praises Merkel

BERLIN, Feb 17 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Germany’s Bild daily that Europe is making progress in tackling the migrant crisis and praised Chancellor Angela Merkel for sticking to “long-sighted” policies in the face of criticism. In an interview published on Wednesday, a day before leaders hold a closely-watched summit on the refugee

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Angry Bavarian Politician Sends Bus Full of Refugees to Merkel

BERLIN, Jan 14 – An irate local politician in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria has dispatched a bus filled with dozens of refugees on a 7-hour journey to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin as a protest against her open-door refugee policy. A spokesman for Peter Dreier from the southeastern town of Landshut confirmed to

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