Tag Archives: Merkel

Germany election: Merkel challenged by anti-migrant AfD

Voters in a north-east German state are due to go to the polls in a vote seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies towards migrants and refugees. The anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) could get more votes than Mrs Merkel’s CDU in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. This would weaken Ms Merkel ahead of national elections next year. However, ...

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Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her policies on refugees in the wake of recent terror attacks. Some of the attacks were by asylum seekers who she said had “shamed the country that welcomed them”. She said those fleeing persecution and war had a right to be protected. Mrs Merkel proposed new measures on information sharing, deciphering web chatter, tackling ...

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Brexit: Merkel says 'no need to be nasty' in leaving talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union has “no need to be particularly nasty in any way” in the negotiations with Britain about its exit from the bloc. She insisted that deterring other countries from leaving the EU should not be a priority in the talks. And she added she was not in favour of pushing for a ...

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Satirist says Merkel 'filleted' him

A German comedian under investigation for mocking the Turkish president has accused Angela Merkel of “filleting” him on behalf of a “despot”. Prosecutors began investigating Jan Boehmermann after he read an obscene poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan on TV. Ms Merkel, the German chancellor, faced heavy criticism over the decision. The comedian’s comments come on World Press Freedom day, amid ...

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Merkel in Turkey to boost migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials are due to visit the Turkish-Syrian border to promote a controversial month-old migrant deal. The visit comes amid questions over the legality of the EU-Turkey pact, which deports back to Turkey migrants who do not qualify for asylum in Greece. Human rights groups say Turkey is not a safe place to return ...

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Angela Merkel Chooses Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Over Free Speech Of German Citizens

German chancellor Angela Merkel may be known for being stone cold, but a warm gesture to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has some of her citizens accusing her of refusing to stand up for freedom of speech. [embedded content] Merkel has decided that German courts will hear a case brought forward by Tayyip which alleges that a comic broke ...

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Merkel Agrees To Prosecution Of German Comedian Who Mocked Turkish President

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to a request from Turkey to allow the prosecution of a German comedian who mocked the President of Turkey, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Jan Böhmermann, one of Germany’s most successful and popular young comedians, is accused of insulting a foreign head of state and could face up to five years in prison ...

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Turkey insult case can go ahead – Merkel

Germany will allow prosecution of comedian who mocked Turkey’s leader, but up to courts to decide, Merkel says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News ...

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Merkel, Obama, try to bridge differences on arms to Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, French President Francois Hollande, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany began talks Friday on a new proposal for ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Maxim Zmeyev, Pool) By STEVEN R. HURST, ...

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