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Top Female Politicians Who Defied Saudi Arabia’s Dress Code

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Saudi Arabia sparked headlines for her defiance of the country’s dress code. Merkel was seen without the headscarf on an official visit to the conservative Kingdom, which requires women to cover their hair by law. However, Merkel is not the only one to have snubbed the law. Here are

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First look: Pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in UAE

After a somewhat controversial visit to Saudi Arabia that sparked headlines, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi on an official state visit. Merkel was welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Photos courtesy

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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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