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Angela Merkel calls for ban on Muslim veils in Germany

Updated : Dec 06, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Angela Merkel calls for ban on Muslim veils in Germany

Angela Merkel laid out her case for a fourth term as German chancellor on Tuesday, with a call to ban full-face Muslim veils and the promise of a tougher stance on immigration after a record influx of refugees #Donald Trump #Middle East #NewsTracker #Angela Merkel #Germany #Italy #Chancellor #migration #Christian Democratic Union #Muslim #german #burqa ban #veil ban
Merkel's Bavarian allies welcome her decision to run for 4th term | Reuters

Updated : Nov 20, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Merkel's Bavarian allies welcome her decision to run for 4th term | Reuters

MUNICH, Germany The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria welcomed her decision on Sunday to run for a fourth term in next year's election."We now want the trust of the population for another four years and therefore it is good that we have clarity," said Horst Seehofer on his way into a meeting of his Christian Social Union (CSU) in Munich. The CSU and Christian Democrats (CDU), which form a bloc in the German parliament, have been at odds over Merkel's open-door migrant policy. #United States #Business #markets #Foreign policy #german #lifestyle #christian
Merkel expected to say on Sunday if she'll run for office in 2017 - report | Reuters

Updated : Nov 17, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Merkel expected to say on Sunday if she'll run for office in 2017 - report | Reuters

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to announce on Sunday whether she will run for a fourth term in next year's federal election, the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland media group said on Wednesday.The report cited sources in the executive board of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).A spokesman for the chancellery declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. At a regular government news conference earlier on Wednesday Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman, said the chancellor would make her intentions clear "at the appropriate time" #United States #Economy #India #Middle East #Europe #Foreign policy #german
German cabinet backs continued military mission in Afghanistan | Reuters

Updated : Nov 16, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

German cabinet backs continued military mission in Afghanistan | Reuters

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday approved the continuation of Germany's deployment of up to 980 soldiers to Afghanistan through the end of 2017, a government spokesman said.The decision, which must still be approved by parliament, came less than a week after armed Taliban militants stormed the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif and killed at least four Afghans and wounded more than 100 people."With up to 980 soldiers, the German army will in future advise, support and train Afghan security services," said the government in a statement. Germany, which heads the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in northern Afghanistan, has its soldiers stationed on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif, and another 150 soldiers in Kabul.The NATO mission includes a total of 13,000 foreign troops from Germany, Italy, the United States and others. The NATO forces are focused on training the Afghan army and police, not combat operations. #United States #India #Business #Argentina #Foreign policy #german
Taliban storm German consulate in Afghan city, four killed | Reuters

Updated : Nov 11, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Taliban storm German consulate in Afghan city, four killed | Reuters

By Abdul Matin and Sabine Siebold | MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan/BERLIN MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan/BERLIN Taliban militants stormed the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, ramming its outer wall with a truck bomb before battling security forces in a late-night attack that killed at least four people, officials said.The explosion, triggered by a suicide bomber, caused extensive damage to the building and shattered windows as far as 5 km (3 miles) away, a NATO spokesman said. A local doctor said the blast and subsequent firefight also wounded 120 people. No consular staff were among the victims, but Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany would review its lead role in the international mission in northern Afghanistan, where violence has escalated sharply during 2016.Thursday's attack also underlines one of the tougher foreign policy challenges facing U.S. #India #Business #markets #Crime #Argentina #military #german
German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip | Reuters

Updated : Oct 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

German minister ups rhetoric against takeovers ahead of China trip | Reuters

By Michael Nienaber | BERLIN BERLIN China is strategically buying up key technologies in Germany while protecting its own companies against foreign takeovers with "discriminatory requirements", German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday.Gabriel, also vice chancellor and leader of Germany's Social Democrats, heads to China next week after having ratcheted up tensions with Beijing by putting the brakes on the latest Chinese takeovers of German technology companies.In a guest column for Die Welt newspaper, Gabriel urged the European Union to ensure a level playing field and adopt a tougher approach with China."Nobody can expect Europe to accept such foul play of trade partners," Gabriel wrote, adding that Germany was one of the most open economies for foreign direct investments.In China, on the contrary, foreign direct investments by European companies are being hampered and takeovers are only approved under discriminatory requirements, he said."But China itself is going on a shopping tour here with a long list of interesting companies - with the clear intention of acquiring strategically important key technologies."Under German law, the government can block takeovers only if they jeopardise energy security, defence or financial stability.Gabriel is pushing for a Europe-wide safeguard clause which could stop foreign takeovers of firms whose technology is deemed strategic for the future economic success of the region. #United States #India #Business #european #chinese #german
German spy chief says Syrian bomb suspect targeted Berlin airports | Reuters

Updated : Oct 11, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

German spy chief says Syrian bomb suspect targeted Berlin airports | Reuters

BERLIN The head of Germany's intelligence agency (BfV) said a Syrian suspect arrested on Monday was building a bomb and probably planned to attack one of the airports in Berlin.Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster ARD that intelligence leads had suggested in early September that militant group Islamic State was planning an attack on Germany's transport infrastructure.Spies managed to track down and identify the suspect in the eastern state of Saxony last Thursday and started a round-the-clock observation, Maassen said."We found out that he then bought hot glue in a discount shop on the following day. #United States #Business #Middle East #Europe #markets #military #german