Tag: Merkel, Angela

Pompeo Abruptly Cancels Berlin Trip Over ‘Pressing’ Issues

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled his first official trip to Berlin, where he was scheduled to meet on Tuesday with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister, for what were described as “pressing” but undefined reasons. “Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings,” Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. […]

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Macron Puts Germany on Trial

PARIS — Two days after he took office as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron flew to Berlin. It was May 16, 2017, and France and Germany needed a reset. Joined at the hip, the two nations cannot make Europe work if they don’t work together. Mr. Macron had been elected to transform France, and he was […]

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Nonfiction: Europe’s Glorious Years of Peace and Prosperity

THE GLOBAL AGE Europe, 1950-2017By Ian Kershaw The Munich Security Conference was a depressing gathering this February. Throughout the Cold War and for decades thereafter, Wehrkunde (as the conference was known when it started in 1963) was the premier event for Europeans and Americans committed to NATO, trans-Atlantic ties and the West. For decades, Senator […]

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Merger Talks of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Roil Emotions

FRANKFURT — If the proposed merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank were a film, it would already be racking up the rotten tomatoes. The powerful labor unions are against it. Regulators are wary, and could impose onerous conditions. Shareholders are skeptical. There is some formidable political momentum behind it, but the government is split over […]

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Stripping Away Lies to Expose a Painter’s Nazi Past

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said last week that she would be taking down two oil paintings by Emil Nolde, an Expressionist whose work she greatly admires, from the walls of her office. Her decision, widely discussed in German media, was interpreted as a symbolic gesture: a belated official rejection of an artist […]

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The Biden Sort-Of Lovefest

One of the great political themes of the Democratic presidential campaign is how much everybody loves Joe Biden. Really. Just Google “I love Joe Biden.” Go past the T-shirts and memorial coffee cups and you’ll see a ton of stuff. “I love Joe Biden. He’s a great guy and a great politician,” said Jerry Shriner, […]

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To Woo a Skeptical Trump, Intelligence Chiefs Talk Economics Instead of Spies

Intelligence officials who brief the president have warned him about Chinese espionage in bottom-line business terms. They have used Black Sea shipping figures to demonstrate the effect of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. And they have filled the daily threat briefing with charts and graphs of economic data. In an effort to accommodate President Trump, who […]

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Are France and Germany Breaking Up?

BERLIN — Times are rough for the European Union. The news coming from Britain grows more depressing every day. Italy is governed by a maverick government searching for an open confrontation with France. Hungary and Poland are slowly slipping into authoritarianism. And we are headed for a European election in May that could result in […]

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Europe to Mike Pence: No, Thank You

MUNICH — A French ambassador observed to me that, “The Trump Administration has achieved the extraordinary feat of turning the Germans into Gaullists.” Once the most devoted member of the Atlantic alliance, an insulted Germany has stiffened, discovering its inner Russian flirt and a touch of De Gaulle’s strategic independence. Donald Trump has made Angela […]

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Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

MUNICH — European leaders have long been alarmed that President Trump’s words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades. They had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain. But in the last few days of a prestigious annual security conference in […]

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Merkel Rejects U.S. Demands That Europe Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

MUNICH — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany delivered a strong rejoinder on Saturday to American demands that European allies pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and gave a spirited defense of multilateral institutions in a world increasingly marked by great-power rivalry. In an uncharacteristically passionate speech, Ms. Merkel said the nuclear deal was the […]

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Germany Opens Massive Intelligence Complex (Maybe the World’s Largest) in Berlin

BERLIN — In the heart of Berlin, where memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi remain and distrust of secret-service agencies still runs high, Germany has opened what is being called the world’s largest intelligence service headquarters. Chancellor Angela Merkel was on hand on Friday to inaugurate the massive, $1.23 billion complex, which stands on […]

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Is Angela Merkel a Feminist Now?

BERLIN — The day after the British Parliament voted down a deal on Brexit, with political instability dominating international headlines, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany sat down for a 45-minute interview with a journalist from the German newspaper Die Zeit. They didn’t talk about Britain, however, or the future of Europe or even really about […]

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Hackers Leak Details of German Lawmakers, Except Those on Far Right

BERLIN — Twitter shut down an account on Friday that an unidentified hacker had been using for weeks to expose the personal details of dozens of German lawmakers across the political spectrum. It was not immediately clear who was behind the leaks, which included personal emails, chats and contact details, and which were posted on […]

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China’s Gulag for Muslims

One of the darkest episodes of the 20th century was the gulag — the Soviet system of forced labor camps where dissidents were imprisoned in terrible conditions, often to perish. The camps were established by Lenin, expanded by Stalin and finally exposed to the world by the great Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, with his 1973 […]

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Macron Blinks

President Emmanuel Macron did what he had to do on Monday after a month of massive grass-roots protests, going on national television to acknowledge that he had been out of touch with the many people outside France’s major cities struggling to make ends meet and granting them some immediate tax cuts and income increases. For […]

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E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

BRUSSELS — This was supposed to be the year Europe put its house in order. It would finally ratify a deal with Britain on its departure from the bloc. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his grand plans to revitalize the Continent, would succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as the union’s de facto leader. […]

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What Comes After the Merkel Era?

BERLIN — On Friday Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, meeting in Hamburg, elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the center-right party’s leader. Given the party’s dominant — if recently weakened — position in German politics, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer will also succeed Ms. Merkel as chancellor by 2021 at the latest. Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer — or AKK, […]

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