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‘Hate in the streets’ has no place in Germany: Merkel

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday condemned violent far-right protests that degenerated into attacks against foreign-looking people, saying "hate in the streets" has no place in Germany. After the fatal stabbing of a German man, 35, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi, thousands of protesters marched in the eastern city of Chemnitz for two straight days, some chasing down people they believed were immigrants. Police reported assaults by extremists against at least three foreigners on Sunday, while…

Migrant feud casts shadow as Macron and Merkel seek EU roadmap

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Germany on Tuesday seeking progress with Chancellor Angela Merkel on elusive eurozone reforms, but the deepening EU rifts over migration threaten to dominate an already daunting agenda. The Franco-German ministerial meeting, being held at the Meseberg castle north of Berlin, is seen as key for forging a consensus ahead of a crunch EU summit on June 28-29. But Italy's refusal last week to allow a ship carrying 630 rescued migrants to dock on its shores has shattered the…

Saudi Arabia to exclude German firms from government tenders

FRANKFURT/RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that no more government contracts be awarded to German companies, in a sign of continued irritation over Berlin’s foreign policy in the Middle East, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday. Citing no sources, it said the move was likely to hit major companies such as Siemens, Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim as well as carmaker Daimler. Relations between Germany and Saudi Arabia have been strained, and Saudi Arabia last year summoned its…

Merkel embarks on Germany’s ‘strangest’ campaign

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from a three-week Alpine holiday to embark on Saturday (Aug 12) on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history. After months of studiously ignoring the race for the Sept 24 election, Merkel will kick off a series of rallies across the country with an hour-long speech to supporters in the western city of Dortmund. But just six weeks out from the European Union's top economic power and most populous nation going to the polls,…

Germany’s Merkel says walls don’t solve immigration problems

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that putting up walls will not solve problems that countries are seeing due to immigration. Speaking in Mexico City alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Merkel said the history showed only when empires have gotten on well with their neighbors have migration pressures been resolved in a way that ensured stability.

German chancellor Merkel in Saudi Arabia for G20, cooperation talks

JEDDAH: German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Saudi King Salman on Sunday, state media said, as she began a visit focused on bilateral relations and preparations for the next G20 meeting. King Salman received Merkel in his palace in the western city of Jeddah, SPA state news agency said, adding that the two presided over a signing ceremony for several cooperation agreements. Merkel was expected to discuss with the Saudis the agenda for the G20 meeting in July, including the Paris climate accord and G20 decisions on…

Angela Merkel warns against cyber attacks on infrastructure

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday protecting infrastructure from potential cyber attacks was a top priority and the federal government had to work together with localities on that. "Today we have a huge amount of possibilities to paralyze infrastructure from cyber attacks and it is... very very difficult. There are examples from Ukraine that are worrying. Therefore cyber security is of great, great importance," she said. "The German government has updated its cyber security strategy and we are…

Merkel meets Trump in clash of style and substance

BERLIN: She is controlled and cautious, a physicist from East Germany who takes her time making decisions and has never relished the attention that comes from being Europe's most powerful leader. He is a wealthy real estate magnate from New York who shoots from the hip and enjoys the spotlight. It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance, than Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Trump, the new president of the United States. For months, they have been engaged in an…

Kerry says Trump criticism of Merkel ‘inappropriate’

LONDON: Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that President-elect Donald Trump had been wrong to criticise "courageous" German leader Angela Merkel, calling his remarks "inappropriate". Stopping over in London on the closing stages of his final diplomatic tour just four days before Trump is due to take office, Kerry gave an interview to CNN International. Asked about the furore surrounding an interview by Trump with Britain's The Times and Germany's Bild, Kerry defended the European Union, Merkel and…