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  • Political fever rises as Ukraine breaks apart

    May 2, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Cross the Crimean sparkling wine off the list. The lingerie from Luhansk and felt boots from Donetsk could be next.

    Financial journalist Yulia Sarotsyna spent a year living only off products made in Ukraine for a relentlessly upbeat blog to promote local brands. On the road for...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    April 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.

    Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the...

  • Merkel says planned referendum in Crimea ‘illegal’

    March 6, 2014 | 10:11 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a referendum announced by Crimea's parliament on Thursday on joining the Russian Federation was "illegal and incompatible with Ukraine's constitution."

    Speaking after an emergency meeting of European leaders in Brussels, Merkel said: "we...

  • Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

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  • Merkel becomes first German chancellor to visit Dachau memorial

    August 20, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, making the first visit by a German head of state to the Dachau memorial, said it was “a very significant moment for me.”

    “The memory of these fates fills me with deep sadness and shame,” Merkel said late Tuesday afternoon.

    Ahead of the visit, critics...

  • Merkel takes Morsi to task over Jew comments

    January 31, 2013 | 9:50 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a meeting with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to criticize his past remarks on Jews.

    During their meeting Wednesday, according to German media, Merkel raised the issue of recorded remarks Morsi made in 2010 in which he called Israeli...

  • Israelis concerned about international isolation

    December 10, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Israel is no stranger to international condemnation. Although the Israeli people, who are often characterized as “resilient” and “tough,” normally earn that appellation in the context of returning to normal life following some horrific event, some explain their impermeable...

  • Netanyahu, Merkel ‘agree to disagree’ on settlement construction

    December 6, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "agreed to disagree" on a plan to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area near Jerusalem.

    Merkel and Netanyahu held a joint news conference Thursday following a meeting between the two...

  • Settlements showdown beckons for Netanyahu in Berlin

    December 4, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a dressing down from Angela Merkel on Wednesday over his plans to build more Israeli settlements, a policy that has incensed Europe and left even Germany, one of Israel's strongest allies, questioning his commitment to peace.

    The...

  • Germany wants to ban screening of anti-Muslim movie in Berlin

    September 19, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    The German government wants to ban a right-wing group from showing the controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" in the nation's capital.

    The right-populist Burgerbewegung pro Deutschland, which reportedly has only a few hundred members, claims it has a full-length...

  • Turkish minister: Religious freedom no longer guaranteed in Germany

    August 28, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Turkey’s minister for European affairs, Egemen Bagis, has called circumcision bans in Germany “a danger for liberty.”

    In an Op-Ed published Tuesday in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, Bagis wrote that recent court rulings in Germany against circumcision mean that “Turkey...

  • Abramson 5th on Forbes list of powerful women

    August 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and first woman to lead the paper, was named the fifth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

    Abramson was ahead of first lady Michelle Obama, who was ranked seventh, and below philanthropist Melinda Gates and...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center urges German Chancellor to pass law declaring circumcision legal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 6, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    In the wake of a German court’s ruling in June that declared nonconsensual religious circumcision to be inflicting “bodily harm” on boys, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders...

  • German Chancellor: Libya can make fresh start after Gadhafi death

    October 20, 2011 | 11:36 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Libya was now free to make a fresh start and begin peaceful democratic reforms after the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

    “This brings to an end a bloody war that Gaddafi waged against his own people. The path is now finally clear for a...

  • Ex-German envoys back Merkel’s stance against Palestine declaration

    August 3, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Several former German ambassadors to Israel applauded Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to endorse the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state at the United Nations in September.

    Addressing Merkel in a letter Tuesday, the six former ambassadors to Israel lashed out at 32...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss new Iran sanctions

    June 7, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed imposing new sanctions on Iran. 

    “We agreed that if the International Atomic Energy Agency this week determines again that Iran is continuing to ignore its international obligations, then we will have no choice but to...

  • AJC honors Angela Merkel

    January 20, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was honored in Berlin by the American Jewish Committee for her support for the Jewish people and Israel.

    Thursday’s presentation of the Light Unto the Nations Award to Merkel by AJC Executive Director David Harris was followed by a private,...

  • Chancellor Merkel, Heidi Klum, Seal and the Holocaust

    By Rob Eshman

    April 16, 2010 | 4:04 pm

    It was a moment that spoke volumes.

    On Wednesday, April 14, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hosted a luncheon for German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Getty Museum.  The agenda of the event was no more than a eet and greet, a chance for the Chancellor, whom Forbes named as...

  • Briefs: Obama condemns pastor’s politics, Merkel addresses Knesset

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Obama: Pastor's Views on Israel 'Distorted'

    Barack Obama, the Illinois senator vying for the Democratic presidential candidacy, addressed growing controversy over strong criticisms of U.S. foreign policy by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently retired as the pastor of his Chicago...

  • German Jews Praise Merkel

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Germany stands on the brink of a new political era -- about to have its first woman and first former East German as chancellor -- Jews are peering over the horizon with cautious optimism.

    Seven years of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder turned out to be rather good for the Jews. But...

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