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Merkel urges return to Iran nuclear deal to defuse Middle East tensions

Merkel urges return to Iran nuclear deal to defuse Middle East tensionsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a return to an international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities as the only way to defuse tensions in the Middle East. “We believe that the deal to stop Iran from acquiring military nuclear capabilities is a building block we need to get back to,” Merkel said during a news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah. “But there is also a long list of other burdens coming from Iran like the ballistic missiles program and its engagement in Syria,” she said.



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Merkel Calls for Compromise as East-West Gap Risks Social Fabric

Merkel Calls for Compromise as East-West Gap Risks Social Fabric(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a better exchange of ideas between different parts of Germany as social tensions in the former communist east look set to contribute to bruising electoral losses for the parties in her coalition.Speaking after receiving an honorary degree from a university in Leipzig, where she was a student, Merkel cautioned that finding common ground was key to counter the risk of populism tearing at the country’s social fabric.“Without compromise, society cannot hold together,” said the chancellor, who grew up in eastern Germany.Her trip to Leipzig coincides with two state elections in Germany’s east on Sunday. In Brandenburg and Saxony, support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats and her junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is expected to drop sharply amid high turnout for the far-right AfD party. The results could be another blow to Merkel’s fragile government and lead to its collapse, creating political instability as Europe’s largest economy faces the specter of recession.While people in the east grappled with existential crises in the aftermath of reunification 30 years ago, the west was largely stable. Merkel said people in the east and west need to understand each other’s histories better in order to reach a “true understanding of one another for the future.”To contact the reporters on this story: Kristie Pladson in Leipzig at kpladson@bloomberg.net;Piotr Skolimowski in Leipzig at pskolimowski@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Schaefer at dschaefer36@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Rachel GrahamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spellGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was “very well”, despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday that has focused attention on her health. Merkel began shaking involuntarily as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. A source close to the government had said the cause of the repeat shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident provoking renewed trembling at events with similar settings.



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Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spellGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was “very well”, despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday that has focused attention on her health. Merkel began shaking involuntarily as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. A source close to the government had said the cause of the repeat shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident provoking renewed trembling at events with similar settings.



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German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month

German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a monthGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s body shook visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month on Wednesday, but the longtime leader insisted that there’s nothing to worry about. Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne outside the chancellery in Berlin, listening to the two countries’ national anthems. The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honors ceremony.



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Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spell

Merkel says 'very well' despite third shaking spellGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was “very well”, despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday that has focused attention on her health. Merkel began shaking involuntarily as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. A source close to the government had said the cause of the repeat shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident provoking renewed trembling at events with similar settings.



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Merkel cautions EU leaders over choice of EU Commission chief

Merkel cautions EU leaders over choice of EU Commission chiefGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that EU leaders could provoke a crisis if they did not take into account the views of the European Parliament when choosing the next head of the EU executive. This wouldn’t be good for the work of the Commission in the next five years,” she told reporters after leaders failed to settle on a name during their summit. Merkel also said an agreement on top jobs should be reached before the new European Parliament meets for a first time on July 2.



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Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seeking

Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seekingGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that she was open to giving Britain more time to arrange its exit from the EU than the June 30 departure London is seeking. Merkel told Germany’s parliament ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels dedicated to Brexit that leaders may well agree to a delay “longer than the British prime minister (Theresa May) has requested”. “I am of the opinion, the German government is of the opinion, that we should give both (British) parties a reasonable amount of time” to reach an agreement on an orderly Brexit, she said.



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In Munich, it's Pence versus Merkel

In Munich, it's Pence versus MerkelU.S. Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave speeches at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday criticizing each other's countries on trade and national security. It's the latest in a widening rift between the United States and its European allies. Rough cut (no reporter narration)



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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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