Angela Merkel

Cameron woos Merkel in bid for German support for EU reform

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel will take tea with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and address parliament today as David Cameron tries to win the German chancellor's backing for EU reform.

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 9:52pm

Merkel seals deal to form German 'grand coalition' with SPD

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel early on Wednesday agreed to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats, negotiation sources told reporters, two months after her conservatives won elections but fell short of a full majority.

27 Nov 2013 - 9:25pm

Merkel sends top foreign adviser to press US over spying

Angela Merkel’s top intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington. Photo: AP

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington on Wednesday over the activities of US spies in Germany, including allegations they tapped the German chancellor’s phone.

30 Oct 2013 - 9:48pm

Obama knew about Merkel phone taps, says German media

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a European Union Council meeting on Friday in Brussels. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported yesterday as a damaging espionage scandal widened.

28 Oct 2013 - 6:46am

US far from alone in spying on its allies, say former intelligence officials

A mural in Cologne depicts the emblematic US eagle with a badge that reads "National Security Agency worldwide". Photo: Reuters

European anger at reports that the US has conducted surveillance of allies' telephone calls and e-mails glosses over a basic truth, former intelligence officials say: everyone does it.

25 Oct 2013 - 8:56am

Merkel bidding for 3rd term in German election

A voter casts his ballot at a polling station during the German general election, in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel was strongly favoured to win a third term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy as Germans voted in a national election Sunday, but the popular conservative’s hopes of governing with centre-right allies for another four years were in the balance.

22 Sep 2013 - 5:45pm 1 comment

Merkel raps China, Russia for blocking UN stance on Syria inspectors

Angela Merkel. Photo: AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised Damascus allies China and Russia for blocking a Western-backed UN text demanding that inspectors probing chemical weapons use in Syria be given unfettered access.

24 Aug 2013 - 8:37pm

Merkel criticised for Dachau camp visit on campaign trail

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects at Dachau. Her visit to the memorial has sparked controversy. Photo: EPA

Angela Merkel has become the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, but critics slammed her decision to include the stop on an election campaign swing.

22 Aug 2013 - 3:07am

Hostage drama forces German chancellor to cancel rally

Ingolstadt deputy mayor Sepp Misslbeck walks away after his release. Photo: Reuters

A hostage drama in Germany ended without fatalities yesterday, police said, after a tense nine-hour stand-off forced Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel to cancel a campaign rally in the same town.

20 Aug 2013 - 1:38am

Merkel ushers jobless EU youth talks on to campaign trail

Monitoring the situation... Chancellor Angela Merkel this week hosts a European Union meeting to tackle the soaring youth unemployment problem. Photo: AFP

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday hosts EU talks on felling sky-high youth unemployment less than three months before German elections after coming under fire for championing austere spending cuts and helping to create a “lost generation”.

1 Jul 2013 - 11:29am

Who said it?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan wants an authoritarian regime. We reject that, and that is why we are here

English tutor Serem Ramau explains why she is rallying against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan


I really want to know why they said she was not my wife

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am

Germany rejects EU tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels in bid to avert trade war

Li Keqiang and Angela Merkel address a news conference after talks in Berlin yesterday in which trade issues dominated. Photo: Reuters

Germany told the European Commission yesterday that it rejected a proposal to slap tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports. Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel had pledged earlier during a visit by Premier Li Keqiang to take steps to avoid a brewing trade war between China and the European Union.

28 May 2013 - 8:47am

Obama's gifts include Lincoln statue from Hu Jintao, golf bag from Sarkozy

President Barack Obama listens with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Washington. Photo: AP

A luxury golf bag, a statue of Abraham Lincoln and an Australian rules football jersey formed part of a treasure trove given to US President Barack Obama in 2011. The list of presents given to Obama by foreign governments or dignitaries released by the US State Department on Thursday revealed an Aladdin's cave of gifts, ranging from the modest to the lavish.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

Germany approves global bailout package for Cyprus

The German parliament overwhelmingly backed the 10 billion euro international bailout for Cyprus. Photo: EPA

The German parliament yesterday approved an international bailout package for stricken euro-zone member Cyprus by a large majority. A final tally by the Bundestag lower house showed 486 deputies voted for the measure, with 103 against and 11 abstentions.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:49am

CDU party of Germany's Angela Merkel split over quota for women executives

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (centre) had backed the quota and did not reveal whether she would toe the party line. Photo: EPA

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel's coalition yesterday defeated an election-year opposition bid to set a quota for female board members, in a vote that exposed a party rift and forced her to give ground.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:14am