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Merkel protege suggests blockade of Russian ships over Ukraine crisis

Merkel protege suggests blockade of Russian ships over Ukraine crisisAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is leading the race to succeed Merkel as leader of her ruling conservatives, also said Germany must be ready to take more responsibility in foreign policy and to spend more on defense. Russia seized the Ukrainian vessels and their crews on Sunday near Crimea, the Ukrainian region which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters, which Ukraine denies. “If it’s confirmed that the aggression came from Russia … then I think there must be a clear answer,” Kramp-Karrenbauer told Reuters in a television interview.



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Europe may need to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine: Merkel ally

Europe may need to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine: Merkel allyBERLIN (Reuters) – Europe may need to impose tougher sanctions against Moscow following Russia's seizure of Ukrainian vessels, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has warned of the "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend. …



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Germany's Merkel to push for de-escalation on Ukraine, Russia: Poroshenko

Germany's Merkel to push for de-escalation on Ukraine, Russia: PoroshenkoGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that she would do everything to try to defuse the standoff between Ukraine and Russia, Poroshenko’s office said after a phone call between the two leaders. Russia has ignored Western calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships it fired on and captured near Crimea at the weekend and accused Kiev of plotting with its Western allies to provoke a conflict. “Angela Merkel expressed concern about the escalation of Russian aggression with the use of weapons and said that she would do everything for de-escalation,” a statement on Poroshenko’s website said.



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Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for Europe

Macron and Merkel unite in struggle for EuropeBeleaguered at home, belittled abroad, Emmanuel Macron of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel will use a Berlin meeting on Sunday to bolster their alliance as champions of a united Europe fraught with resurgent nationalism. After weeks of stalemate on issues such as eurozone reforms and how to get internet giants to pay more tax, the French president and German chancellor have recently gone out of their way to demonstrate unity and common purpose. Macron gave Merkel pride of place last weekend during commemorations marking the end of World War I where he spoke out against nationalism — a message he is likely to hammer home again Sunday when addressing Germany’s parliament as part of ceremonies to commemorate victims of war.



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Macron and Merkel mark WWI armistice centenary

Macron and Merkel mark WWI armistice centenaryCompi├Ęgne (France) (AFP) – President Emmanuel Macron of France Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Saturday unveiled a plaque to their countries’ reconciliation in the forest clearing in France where the armistice ending World War I was signed. In a highly symbolic ceremony, Macron and Merkel met at the site near Compiegne in eastern France where Germany officially surrendered at dawn on November 11, 1918, bringing to a close more than four years of slaughter on the Western front.



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France's Macron to meet Merkel on November 18 over eurozone reform

France's Macron to meet Merkel on November 18 over eurozone reformPARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Nov. 18 to discuss implementation of the so-called Meseberg eurozone reform proposal agreed in June, the Elysee Palace said on Friday. Macron will speak to the German lower-house. French officials have expressed irritation with Germany's reluctance to resolve pending issues over the monetary union's governance. Earlier on Friday, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Germany had to decide in the coming weeks whether to move forward with French proposals on the integration of the …



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Merkel government shaken by German regional vote battering

Merkel government shaken by German regional vote batteringGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government on Sunday suffered a beating in a second key regional election in as many weeks, multiplying questions over the future of the veteran leader’s fragile alliance. Weakened by a strong backlash against immigration after allowing over a million people into Germany since 2015, Merkel’s fourth government has staggered from one crisis to the next since being formed earlier this year. According to an exit poll by public broadcaster ARD in Hesse state, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) shed more than 11 points compared with 2013 for a 27.2-percent score, holding on to a much weakened first place.



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Merkel to give up party leadership after poll setback

Merkel to give up party leadership after poll setbackGermany’s Angela Merkel will not run for re-election as leader of her centre-right CDU, sources said Monday, in the clearest sign yet that the veteran chancellor is preparing her eventual exit after voters again punished her fragile coalition in a regional poll. Merkel, who has headed the CDU for 18 years, had until now always indicated that she believed the posts of party leader and chancellor should be held by the same person. “She will not stand again for the chairmanship of her party,” a source within the Christian Democratic Union told AFP.



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Bavarian voters punish Merkel allies in state election

Bavarian voters punish Merkel allies in state electionGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election.



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Germany, Israel agree Iran must never have nuclear weapons: Merkel

Germany, Israel agree Iran must never have nuclear weapons: MerkelGermany and Israel agree that Iran should never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons but they differ on how to achieve this goal, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are very convinced and strongly share Israel’s position that everything must be done to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.



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