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Germany: Olaf Scholz reaches coalition deal to form a new government

German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz said he has reached a coalition deal to form a new government that will try to modernise Europe’s largest economy and bring the curtain down on the Angela Merkel era. Scholz’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), the ecologist Greens and the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) want to accelerate the transition to […]

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Germany Elections: Centre-left Social Democrats defeat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) claimed victory in the federal election, telling the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. SPD leader Olaf Scholz said he had a clear mandate to form a government, while his conservative rival Armin Laschet remains determined to fight on. The two parties have […]

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‘Russia shouldn’t use Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a weapon’: Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said further sanctions may be imposed on Russia if it uses a controversial gas pipeline against Ukraine. Mrs Merkel, on her final visit to Kyiv before leaving office, told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky she understood his concerns over the Nord Stream 2 project. Mr Zelensky opposes the pipeline, which he […]

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Angela Merkel: German chancellor gets Moderna as second jab after AstraZeneca first dose

German leader Angela Merkel has mixed and matched her Covid jabs. The 66-year-old Chancellor had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in April, soon after Germany recommended it only for people aged 60 and over. On Tuesday her spokesman said she had the Moderna jab ‘a few days ago’. Germany now practises ‘vaccine crossing’ which allows people to […]

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Denmark’s secret service helped US spy on European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Denmark’s secret service helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a European media reports published on Sunday revealed. The disclosure that the US had been spying on its allies first started coming to light in 2013, but it is only now […]

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Criticism forces Angela Merkel cancel strict lockdown over Easter holidays

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled plans for a strict lockdown over Easter, just a day after the measures were announced. Calling the plan a “mistake”, Mrs Merkel said she took “ultimate responsibility” for the U-turn. The proposed lockdown was agreed with regional leaders in talks overnight on Monday, with restrictions set to be tightened […]

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‘Nobody could foresee how the situation would develop in the winter,’ Angela Merkel warns of worsening pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the coronavirus pandemic would worsen in coming months, and that life would not return to normal until a vaccine against it had been developed. Her government has so far also managed the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European counterparts, introducing rigorous testing that has helped keep […]

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After comparing Angela Merkel to Hitler Malta’s ambassador to Finland quits

Malta’s ambassador to Finland resigned after comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, local media said. Michael Zammit Tabona reportedly wrote on his Facebook page: “Seventy-five years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler’s dream! To control Europe.” The post was deleted later. Maltese Foreign Minister […]

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel goes into self-quarantine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus, her spokesperson said Sunday. Steffen Seibert, the spokesperson, said a doctor gave her a vaccination on Friday, then tested positive for the virus shortly after. While in quarantine, Merkel will continuously be tested for coronavirus, he added. […]

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Up to 70% of the population is likely to be infected with the coronavirus: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germany will spend what it takes to tackle the coronavirus which is likely to infect up to 70% of the population in Europe’s largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. “We will do what we need to get through this. And then at the end we will look at what that means for our […]

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Angela Merkel pledges $1.12 billion to fight India’s toxic air

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged greater efforts to clean up New Delhi’s toxic air as she pledged US$1.12 billion to help Indian cities switch to green transport. Merkel talked about the poor quality of air after the pollution reached “emergency” levels. Schools were ordered closed until Tuesday and all construction halted, while Delhi […]

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The G20 Awkward Moments

The G20 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina had quite a few awkward moments. Yes, President Trump and President Putin were a part of most of them. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a close second. She and President Trump were clicked as Putin stared straight through.   Trump Caught Cheating President Trump holded a trilateral meeting […]