Tag Archives: Angela Merkel

LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Joint Presser With Merkel

NPR reports: President Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Friday, calling her “a very extraordinary woman.” At a photo op before a working lunch, Trump said the two leaders “will be working on a lot of different subjects,” including trade and NATO. Trump and Merkel will take questions from reporters after their discussions. Merkel’s visit does ...

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GERMANY: Infighting Roils Extremist AFD Party After Shocking Election, “Moderate” Leader Asked To Resign

The Washington Post reports: A senior figure in the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany says party co-leader Frauke Petry should quit, amid deepening infighting a day after its strong showing in national elections. Petry, who is co-chairwoman of AfD, announced Monday that she won’t join its new parliamentary caucus and walked out of a news conference. She’s been sidelined in the ...

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GERMANY: Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term, Extremist AFD Party Has Likely Taken 89 Seats In Parliament

The New York Times reports: Angela Merkel is headed toward a fourth term as German chancellor, according to normally reliable exit polls released just after the polls closed in Germany. But the polls also show that a far-right party, Alternative for Germany, has gotten some 13.5 percent of the vote, a significant showing of voter anger over immigration and inequality. ...

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Angela Merkel Hits Trump For Escalating War Rhetoric

Politico reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday implicitly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiery comments on North Korea and called for the crisis over Pyongyang’s missile program to be resolved through diplomacy. When asked at a press conference in Berlin whether Germany would “stand by the U.S. in case of war,” Merkel did not respond directly but said: “I consider ...

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POLL: Americans Trust Merkel More Than Trump

The Hill reports: A majority of Americans say they have more confidence in German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a leader than they do in President Trump, according to a Pew Research survey published Wednesday. Fifty-six percent of Americans polled said they have more confidence in Merkel, while 46 percent said they have more confidence in Trump. Results are divided along ...

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Anti-Gay Russian MP Denounces Germany’s Marriage Vote: Angela Merkel “Kissed Satan” To Win The Election

From the same Russian Orthodox television network as the previous post: Duma Committee on International Affairs member Vitaly Milonov promised to appeal to German bishops with a request to excommunicate Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel for legalizing same-sex marriages. The decision was made by the deputies of the Bundestag on Friday, June 30. “I will appeal to the bishops of Germany ...

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GERMANY: Marriage Equality Vote Confirmed For Friday

The Associated Press reports: The German Parliament plans to vote Friday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage — only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party’s long-standing refusal to budge on the issue. The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday the Parliament’s legal committee had given its OK for the vote to take place Friday. Her comment ...

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EHE FÜR ALLE: German Opposition Leader Vows That Marriage Will Come “This Week” After Merkel Relents

CNN reports: German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a “vote of conscience” on the issue. Following Merkel’s comments, German politicians writing on Twitter called for a vote to be held as soon ...

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GERMANY: Merkel Signals Green Light For Marriage

The Guardian reports: Angela Merkel has signaled a change in her party’s opposition to gay marriage after stating MPs should be allowed a free vote in the German parliament. Speaking at an event organised by women’s magazine Brigitte, the German chancellor said she felt aggrieved that the gay marriage debate was mainly carried out along party lines and that she ...

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GERMANY: Court Rejects Bid To Force Marriage Vote

The Associated Press reports: Germany’s highest court has rejected an opposition party’s attempt to force a parliamentary vote on introducing gay marriage before September’s national election. The opposition Greens and Left Party, as well as parliament’s upper house, have proposed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The governing coalition is divided on the issue and the lower house’s legal affairs committee has ...

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GERMANY: Green Party Demands Marriage Equality As Their Condition For Joining Coalition Government

Reuters reports: Germany’s Greens are open to working with any party except the right-wing Alternative for Germany after a September vote but will list gay marriage as a condition, which could make it tricky to work with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. The Greens, which also named climate protection as their price for participating in government, could be a kingmaker in ...

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Germany Grants Visas To Chechen Gays

The Associated Press reports: Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic. The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press on Thursday the first man arrived in Germany on Tuesday and four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed. Gay activists and ...

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BRUSSELS: Stone-Faced NATO Leaders Look On As Trump Attacks Them Over Defense Spending [VIDEO]

CNN reports: President Donald Trump, speaking in front of the heads of state of fellow NATO allies at the alliance’s new headquarters, called out member countries Thursday for not meeting their financial commitments. “Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense,” Trump ...

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RUSSIA: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Publicly Pressures Putin To Stop Chechen Abuses Of Gay Men

The Independent reports: Angela Merkel has publicly raised concern over the reported prosecution of gay men in Chechnya with Vladimir Putin, following wide-ranging talks. The German Chancellor raised the alleged capture and torture of more than 100 people at a joint press conference with the Russian President in Sochi. The Kremlin has backed the Chechen government’s denials over the brutal ...

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GERMANY: Ivanka Gets Booed At Women’s Summit After Claiming Her Father Empowers Women [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Ivanka Trump, who was deeply involved with her father’s campaign and has been instrumental in his administration in the first three months in office, positioned herself as someone who is still in humbling listening tour mode. “I’m striving to think about how best to empower women in the economy,” she said, at one point calling herself a feminist. ...

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Obama To Meet With Angela Merkel In Berlin

Politico reports: Former President Barack Obama plans to reemerge on the international stage in late May, sitting down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her home country for a panel discussion about democracy. The panel, part of a 500–year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, is titled “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally.” The visit will coincide ...

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GERMANY: 75% Back Same-Sex Marriage In New Poll

The Gay Times reports: A huge majority of Germans support same-sex marriage, a new poll has revealed. The poll, conducted for German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag, revealed that 75% of Germans favour full legal equality for gay people in life partnerships. Only 20% of those surveyed opposed same-sex marriage, while 5% had no opinion on the matter. This is ...

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White House Denies Claim That Trump Handed Angela Merkel A Fake $374B Invoice For NATO Defense

Business Insider reports: The White House denied reports on Sunday that President Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a $374 billion invoice for money her country owed the US for NATO defense. The Times of London published a story citing anonymous German officials who claimed Trump gave Merkel the bill during their meeting in Washington last week. “No, this is ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Presser With Angela Merkel

ABC News reports: How do you say “awkward” in German? President Donald Trump is set to appear at a joint news conference today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he spent months during the 2016 election campaign bad-mouthing her approach to the refugee crisis in Europe. Trump’s tough comments during the campaign about Merkel and what he called the “disaster” ...

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GERMANY: Renewed Push For Same-Sex Marriage

Pink News reports: The junior party in the ruling coalition in Germany has announced a new bid for same-sex marriage. The Social Democrats (SPD), the junior party in coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats announced the new bid on Sunday. Accoring to Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary leader for the SDP, the Green Party will also push for the move. Oppermann ...

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