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Merkel basks in Obama refugee policy praise as critics grouse

Hanover - US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as being on the "right side of history" with her welcoming refugee policy, although critics denounced his praise as hollow lip service.

Obama hails Turkey-bound Merkel's 'courage' on migrants

Berlin - US President Barack Obama has hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "courageous" leadership in opening doors to migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Merkel to stay refugee policy course despite vote debacle: spokesman

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans no changes to her refugee policy despite heavy losses in state elections at the weekend, her spokesman said Monday.

Merkel says Syria humanitarian situation 'intolerable'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described the humanitarian situation in Syria as "intolerable" and reiterated her call for a no-fly zone to protect civilians.

Merkel isolated as EU partners slam door on refugees

Munich - Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit.

Merkel says expects most refugees to go home once safe to do so

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she expected most of the refugees from Syria and Iraq to return home once peace has returned to their countries, as she faces strong pressure over her welcoming stance towards asylum seekers.

Merkel unyielding in face of growing revolt over refugees

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to stay the course with her welcome to refugees but faces stormy waters, with some conservatives rebelling and key state elections on the horizon.

Merkel backs expelling refugees with suspended sentences too

Mainz - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday backed a sharp toughening of expulsion rules for convicted refugees, saying that even those who have been given suspended sentences should be required to leave Germany.

Germany must have frank talk about integration: Merkel

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday Germany must have a "fundamental" debate about how to integrate newcomers, as police identified 16 people suspected of a shocking rash of sexual assaults blamed on migrants.

No explosives in package sent to Merkel office: Police

Berlin - German police Wednesday gave the all-clear on a suspicious mail package that had arrived at Angela Merkel's chancellery building after detecting no explosives inside.

Determined Merkel tells Germans: refugee influx 'an opportunity'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm on her decision to open Germany to refugees despite mounting criticism, telling citizens in her New Year's address Thursday that the record influx is "an opportunity for tomorrow".

Merkel tells Germans refugee influx 'an opportunity'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel in her New Year's address Thursday asked Germans to see a record refugee influx as "an opportunity for tomorrow" and urged doubters not to follow racist hate-mongers.

Merkel takes centre stage in EU's year of crises

Berlin - In a year of crises for Europe, from the Ukraine war to Greece's debt turmoil to the historic refugee influx, Germany's Angela Merkel emerged as the continent's de facto leader, drawing more praise and fire than ever.

Europe feels fallout from Merkel migrant magnanimity

Brussels - Angela Merkel may have won praise from the world for Germany's open-door policy on refugees, but a confused and divided Europe is feeling the fallout from the decision, analysts said.

World must secure 'binding' climate deal in Paris: Merkel

Berlin - The international community must secure a binding deal against climate change at key UN talks in Paris next week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

Refugees put Merkel to test as she marks 10 years in power

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel marks a decade in power Sunday facing the fight of her political life over her liberal stance on refugees, which provoked a party revolt, and fresh fears sparked by the Paris carnage.

Merkel: From austerity priestess to 'Mother Angela'

Berlin - A Protestant pastor's daughter who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, Angela Merkel has made an unprecedented journey to become chancellor of Germany and the world's most powerful woman.

Europe relies on 'queen' Merkel more than ever

Brussels - Ten years after she took office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands alone as the leader of a European Union that is grappling with multiple crises, despite the fact she has been weakened domestically, analysts say.

Merkel says 'profoundly shocked' by Paris 'terrorist' attacks

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "profoundly shocked" by a string of deadly attacks in Paris Friday that left at least 39 people dead."I am profoundly shocked by the news and images from Paris.

Merkel meets human rights activists in China: spokesman

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with human rights activists on the first day of her trip to China, her spokesman said Thursday.

Shun those with 'hate in their hearts', Merkel urges in PEGIDA attack

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to shun those with "hate in their hearts," as the anti-migrant PEGIDA movement geared up for a first-anniversary rally later Monday.

Merkel faces domestic revolt over refugee welcome

Berlin - Germany's Angela Merkel is used to owning the room when she speaks to her party faithful, but the mood turned hostile when she defended her open-door refugee policy this week.

EU can't stem refugee crisis without Turkey, says Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday Europe had no chance of overcoming its biggest refugee crisis without cooperation with Turkey and called for a crackdown on human smuggling off its coast.

Merkel defends refugee policy as expression of 'humanity'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday defended her open-door policy to refugees in the face of falling poll ratings, saying it was "part of the basic humanity of our country".

Merkel says no plans to raise taxes over refugee influx

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday her government had no plans to impose a tax hike to cope with a record influx of asylum seekers, firmly denying reports that Berlin and the European Commission were mulling a special refugee solidarity levy.

Under fire in refugee crisis, Merkel goes on offensive

Berlin - Under growing domestic pressure over her open-door policy on refugees, Germany's Angela Merkel has come out swinging, insisting "we will manage" the crisis set to define her nearly decade-old chancellorship.

Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

Strasbourg - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as "obsolete" European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims."Let's be frank.

Merkel's welcome to refugees sparks conservative backlash

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bold open-door policy for refugees has sparked a backlash in her conservative ranks, and a rare dip in her usually sky-high popularity ratings.

Merkel's popularity drops in Germany amid migrant crisis: Poll

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home has been hit by her policy of openness towards the wave of migrants coming in from Syria and elsewhere, according to an opinion poll published Saturday.

Merkel urges 'full transparency' from VW in cheating scandal

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed auto giant Volkswagen Tuesday to assure "full transparency" in a spiralling scandal over pollution test cheating.
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