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EU swings behind Madrid in escalating Catalan crisis

Brussels - The EU closed ranks behind Spain in the Catalan crisis Thursday, saying there was "no space" for outside intervention by the bloc as France and Germany voiced strong support for Madrid.

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Merkel welcomes Macron's 'European passion', mum on proposals

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the "European passion" in French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reforms speech but said it was too soon to judge his concrete proposals.

Merkel 4.0: centre stage in a turbulent world

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel heads into a fourth term with no shortage of global challenges in her in-tray, as a world beset by crises increasingly looks to Europe's most powerful woman to take centre stage.

Merkel casts ballot in German election

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel cast her ballot in Berlin Sunday in a general election widely predicted to land her a fourth term, but a possible strong showing by hard-right nationalists could cloud her victory.

Angela Merkel, Germany's 'eternal chancellor'

Berlin - Angela Merkel has been derided as Europe's "austerity queen", cheered as a saviour by refugees and hailed as the new "leader of the free world".

Threats with razor blades mailed to Merkel, other MPs

Berlin - Anonymous threatening letters in Arabic containing white powder and razor blades have been sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home and other politicians before Sunday's election, police said.

Merkel refugee rallying cry echoes ahead of German vote

Berlin - Syrian student Moataz Ghannam believes many Germans misunderstood Chancellor Angela Merkel when she delivered her now-famous rallying cry at the height of the refugee influx, "We can do it".

'Get lost!': How some Germans hope to shout down Merkel

Ostseebad Binz - Chancellor Angela Merkel may appear to be cruising to a victory in next week's elections, but her campaign rallies across Germany have been plagued by rowdy protesters who jeer, boo and even throw tomatoes at her.

Merkel vows to press on with rallies despite jeers

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday to press on with election campaign rallies in places where she has been greeted with choruses of jeers and whistles, saying she intended to take a stand against hate.

Cool Merkel to meet fiery Schulz in TV debate showdown

Berlin - Angela Merkel, Germany's cool and collected chancellor, will go head-to-head Sunday with her fiery challenger Martin Schulz in their only television debate before this month's general elections, in a crucial match that could sway millions of voters.

1,000 'treason' complaints against Merkel since 2015: report

Berlin - More than 1,000 criminal complaints for high treason have been filed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel since the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, local media reported Wednesday.

Five defining moments in Merkel's career

Berlin - Often called the world's most powerful woman, here are five defining moments in the career of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she sets her sights on a fourth term in the September 24 general election.

Merkel says Turkey must not 'misuse' Interpol in writer's case

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she was glad a Spanish court had ordered the conditional release of a Turkish-German writer wanted by Ankara and warned Turkey not to "misuse" Interpol to pursue its critics."That's not on.

Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the "smiley" and dismissed fears about a potential World War III.

Merkel embarks on Germany's 'strangest' campaign

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fresh from a three-week Alpine holiday, embarked Saturday on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history.

Macron 'carries hopes' of millions of Europeans: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that millions of Europeans were counting on the success of incoming French president Emmanuel Macron.

Merkel confident Macron would be 'strong president'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she believed French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron would be a "strong president" if elected in a run-off against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Merkel rejects May's call for parallel talks on EU-UK ties

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday snubbed British PM Theresa May's call for negotiations on the UK's exit from the European Union to run alongside talks on defining their future relationship.

Erdogan accuses Merkel of 'supporting terrorists'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of "supporting terrorists", in a spiralling row with EU states after the blocking of poll rallies by ministers.

Merkel 'plans US meeting with Trump mid-March'

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to hold her first meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington on March 14, a German government source told AFP Friday."Such a plan is in the works," the source said.

Merkel says didn't know Germany spied on allies

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel testified Thursday that she was surprised to learn almost two years ago that Germany's BND foreign intelligence service was spying on targets in allied nations.

Merkel slams Trump travel ban, cites Geneva convention

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday slammed the restrictions on immigration imposed by US President Donald Trump, saying it was "not justified" to target people based on their background or religion.

Ankara says Merkel to visit Turkey on February 2

Ankara - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to visit Turkey on February 2, the Turkish foreign ministry said Thursday, her first visit since relations deteriorated last year in the aftermath of the July failed coup.

Obama, Merkel say strong US-Germany ties 'essential' for world order

Washington - Outgoing US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared strong US-German ties vital for world order on Thursday, in an implicit rebuke of Donald Trump.

Europe's fate 'in our own hands': Merkel after Trump barbs

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Monday that "we Europeans have our fate in our own hands", after Donald Trump criticised the EU and praised Britain's decision to leave the bloc.

Merkel urges Germany to face down terror with cohesion, compassion

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter "murderers who are full of hate" with compassion and cohesion.

'Acute' threat thwarted but terror 'danger' endures: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Friday of an enduring terror threat, despite the fatal shooting in Italy of the prime suspect in the deadly Berlin Christmas market attack.

Christmas market carnage 'terrorist act' likely by asylum seeker: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that authorities believe a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market was a "terrorist" attack likely committed by an asylum seeker.

Erdogan says discussed Syria with Putin, Obama

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that he discussed the situation in Syria's Aleppo "several times" with his Russian and US counterparts Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she attends a sitting of the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament in Berlin.
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On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions against Russia. It’s anticipated they hit the major sectors of Russian economy after the most influential Russian top-managers and business owners have been banned from doing business in the U.S. It is also expected that the EU will join its Western ally in punishing Russia for building up a fire of the civil confrontation in Ukraine
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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit discussing the EU's long-term budget in Brussels
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George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with her Greek counterpart George Papandreou
 We are the Champions : Zukunftskongress Gesundheitswirtschaft des Bundesministeriums für Gesundhei...
"We are the Champions": Zukunftskongress Gesundheitswirtschaft des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit in Berlin
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou
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Still from the hilarious spoof of Dinner for One featuring Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel
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Seen in a protest against NSA spying in Berlin, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was booed with "get lost" cries by right-wing activists at a campaign event, conceded it was hard to reach the "protest voters"
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 We are the Champions : Zukunftskongress Gesundheitswirtschaft des Bundesministeriums für Gesundhei...
"We are the Champions": Zukunftskongress Gesundheitswirtschaft des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit in Berlin
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Berlin: "We are the Champions"
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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Merkel and Putin hold talks in Moscow in November 2012.
Merkel and Putin hold talks in Moscow in November 2012.
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