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Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power


Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

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Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

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Angela Merkel: New Islamic Migrants Did Not Bring Radical Terrorism to Germany (Video)


The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. 

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Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP


Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, the U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended the controversial agreement with European nations.

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Angela Merkel: ‘Multiculturalism Leads to Parallel Societies’ and Is a ‘Sham’


In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis, the German chancellor is calling some things like they are; the fact that Donald Trump gets so much more media coverage than Bernie Sanders is hurting political discourse; meanwhile, the Internet is actually getting slower. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust


The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

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Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict


Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

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Refugees Are Desperate and Perplexed as Germany Suddenly Closes Borders


Hordes fleeing war-torn Syria and other lands are struggling to understand why German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praised as “Mama Merkel” for opening her country’s borders in early September, closed them again barely eight days later.

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German Chancellor Says Her Country Can Take In Refugees Without Raising Taxes


As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without suffering a significant economic toll.

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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion


In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn’t refuse.

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VIDEO: Comforting Sobbing Refugee, Merkel Says Germany Can’t Help Everyone

In a televised meeting that has gone viral, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rubbed the shoulder of a sobbing teenager who faces the threat of deportation under German policies.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The IMF Gets Behind Greece With Debt Relief Demand


In a move that looks at once like a boost for Greece’s economic cause and grounds for further complication among eurozone member countries, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that it might pull its support for the proposed bailout plan unless other nations agree to whittle down some of Greece’s debt.

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We Are All Greeks Now


What is happening in Greece in the name of austerity has already happened to the poor and the working class in the United States. If the global financial elites continue in power, the misery of the Greeks will become our own.

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Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us


While Greece is not the first country to defy the IMF’s prescriptions, it is uniquely poised to underscore, once and for all, capitalism’s incompatibility with democracy.

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Here’s What 5 Top Economists Are Telling Angela Merkel About the Greek Debt Crisis


The German chancellor is being advised by the likes of Thomas Piketty and Jeffrey Sachs, among others, on how her decisions regarding Greece will shape how generations come to view her; a writer argues that there is “quiet racism” in Instagram filters; meanwhile, AirBnB may be destroying the creative class. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future


Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

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Greek Voters Send Decisive Message to European Leaders: No Deal (Updated)


If there was any lingering question about where the majority of Greeks stood on the deal drummed up by European creditors to try to contain Greece’s ongoing financial crisis, Sunday’s referendum on the bailout package soundly dispelled it.

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EU Bailout Terms Are Designed to Force Syriza From Power


The aim of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU powers in the Greek debt crisis is “apparently to humiliate Tsipras and his government in preparation for its early replacement with a more pliable administration,” writes Seamus Milne, associate editor of The Guardian.

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France’s President Hollande: ‘No Survivors’ in Germanwings Crash


French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.

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U.S. Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says


German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said the U.S. government threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin gave asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel there.

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German Politicians Confirm Greece Has Case for Wartime Reparations


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused Germany of trying to avoid paying reparations for Nazi crimes committed during World War II—and several German politicians agree.

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Greece Can’t Do It Alone: Austerity Victims of the World, Unite!


For the anti-austerity struggle in Greece and elsewhere to become effective and sustainable, it must be raised from the national level to the international level.

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Will the Ukrainian Cease-Fire Hold?

Jeffrey Sommers, senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute of World Affairs, is “cautiously optimistic” that a deal aimed at ending hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbass region will terminate the nearly yearlong civil war. (Pictured is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.)

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Angela Merkel: Bombs and Bullets Won’t Solve Ukraine Conflict (Video)


The German chancellor has said the crisis in the former Soviet republic will not be resolved by military means and that the peace agreement drafted in September needs to be put into effect.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’


“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

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‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’


A New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel depicts a shrewd politician cut to the shape of leadership in our age: bland, personally reserved and entirely uninterested in challenging the prevailing neoliberal order.

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Vladimir Putin Is the Most Powerful Person in the World, According to Forbes


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Beating out President Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jingping and Pope Francis, in order, Russian President and tiger wrestler Vladimir Putin tops Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful people in the world.

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Do Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Even Know What They Want From Russia?


AP/Pavel Golovkin

Within the same news conference, President Obama declared economic sanctions against Russia a huge success and said Russia had invaded Ukraine.

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NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)


According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down


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Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

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Germany Accidentally Collected Kerry and Clinton’s Phone Calls


German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

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German Chancellor ‘Humiliated’ at Frosty News Conference With Obama (Video)


Angela Merkel and President Obama put on a thin display of unity against an assertive Russia during the chancellor’s “awkward” visit to the White House on Friday, much delayed on account of revelations that Obama’s NSA had bugged her communications.

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Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks


An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

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Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War


Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

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West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis


President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

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Germany Prepares for Third Greek Financial Rescue


More austerity cuts are coming to Greece as Germany signals a plan to deliver a third rescue package for the debt-stricken country.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Injured in Skiing Accident


(AP/Michael Sohn, file)

A week of news regarding German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s severe injuries in a ski accident has left the country (and much of the world) in suspense. Now, the German chancellor has harmed her pelvis while practicing the same sport, forcing her to step out of European politics for three whole weeks.

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