Karl Lagerfeld expresses disdain for Angela Merkel and her decision to open borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees
Cover MediaKarl Lagerfeld has threatened to give up his German citizenship.
Angela Merkel is a German politician who has served as the country’s Chancellor since 2005. Born in Hamburg, she began her political career in the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1989.
Cover MediaKarl Lagerfeld has threatened to give up his German citizenship.
Henry SamuelPresident Emmanuel Macron of France urged Germany yesterday to drop its "fetish...
Dean GrayThe leaders of Germany, France and Britain are ready to push back if the Trump...
The leaders of Germany, France and the UK are ready to push back if the Trump administration does not permanently...
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Shona Murray Chancellor Angela Merkel said Ireland can “rely” on Germany for “unconditional” support during Brexit negotiations.
Paul Carrel German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would present a common stance over a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in England for which British Prime Minister Theresa...
By Geir Moulson Angela Merkel is starting her fourth term as German chancellor in stormy times as she heads a fragile coalition that took almost six months to put together.
Justin Huggler in Berlin The way was finally cleared for Angela Merkel to form a new government in Germany yesterday as the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted in favour of a coalition deal.
By Associated Press Reporters Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party have voted in favour of joining a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc.
Madeline Chambers German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her Christian Democrats (CDU) yesterday to approve a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), a step that would bring her closer to a fourth...
Justin Huggler In a move widely seen as anointing her chosen successor, Angela Merkel yesterday promoted one of her key lieutenants to a pivotal role as chairman of her Christian Democrat party (CDU).
Paul Carrel German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced another barrage of criticism last night from within their own parties over a controversial coalition deal that...
Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back yesterday against critics within her Christian Democratic Union party of the governing coalition deal reached with Germany's main centre-left party.
Justin Huggler Angela Merkel has agreed a deal to form a new coalition government in Germany, four months after suffering damaging losses in elections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main centre-left party have reached an agreement to form a new coalition government after a final negotiating session that dragged on for 24 hours.
Donal O'Donovan Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is “very open minded” about the nature of a future relationship with the UK after Brexit, in an address to the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Barbara Woolsey in Berlin Germany moved a step closer to forming a government after months of political uncertainty yesterday, as the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) voted to begin coalition talks with...
Justin Huggler The chances are you have never heard of Kevin Kühnert. Until a couple of months ago, few had heard of him in his native Germany.
German politicians plan to draft joint proposals with France on ways to strengthen the euro area, taking up a call by French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a draft resolution.
Justin Huggler An agreement that paves the way for Angela Merkel to form a new coalition government in Germany has been cast into doubt by a growing rebellion within the Social Democrat party (SPD).
Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a significant step towards ending Germany's lengthy political impasse by securing a preliminary agreement to enter formal coalition talks with a centre-left party.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed confidence that her conservative Union bloc would be able to find enough common ground with the centre-left Social Democrats to move toward formal coalition talks.
Michelle Martin German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could cut a deal as they began five days of make-or-break talks about reviving the...
Thomas Adamson and Philippe Sotto World leaders and investors have announced more than one billion dollars (€850 million) in investments to make it easier for countries and industries to give up oil and coal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for the quick formation of a new governing alliance with Germany's main centre-left party, saying that only a coalition will bring the "stable government" needed at a challenging time for Europe.
Pressure is growing within Germany's Social Democratic Party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
Germany faces "a test, but not a crisis of the state," the parliament's speaker said as he urged political leaders to show more readiness to compromise after the breakdown of talks to form a new government.
Germany faced an uncertain political future on Monday after the collapse of weeks of talks on forming a new government, with Chancellor Angela Merkel set to consult the country's president and the possibility of new elections looming.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel - a veteran of global efforts to curb climate change - has refused to set a deadline for ending her country's use of coal.
Dean Gray Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has sparked outrage by evoking the Holocaust as he attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country's borders to migrants.
Ed Brophy Don't be fooled by appearances. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron's conciliatory words and smiles for Theresa May count for nothing.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has asked her European Union partners for patience in discussing the bloc's future as she engages in what could be lengthy efforts to form a government.
Justin Huggler Angela Merkel has agreed for the first time to seek to limit the number of asylum seekers allowed into Germany each year, in a compromise deal that opens the way to coalition negotiations.
By Kalyeena Makortoff, Press Association City Reporter The pound pushed higher against the euro as the continental currency suffered a hangover from the weekend’s German general election.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has defended an election campaign which left her conservative bloc significantly weakened despite finishing in first place, as she embarked on what could be a lengthy quest to form a new government.
Patrick Donahue Angela Merkel won a fourth term as German chancellor in a victory that was marred by her party recording its worst result since 1949 as voters lifted the far-right AfD into parliament.
Thomas Escritt Turnout slipped slightly in Germany's election despite politicians warning that apathy could boost the far-right, expected to return to parliament after a half century's absence, overshadowing...
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has won a lacklustre victory in Germany's national election while the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party managed a triumphant entry into parliament, projections have shown.
Justin Huggler in Weimar Angela Merkel is all but certain to win a fourth term in power in German elections today, unless the polls have got it spectacularly wrong.
Andreas Rinke and Bettina Borgfeld German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, and her centre-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her supporters to keep up the momentum in the final hours before Sunday's national election, urging a last push to try to sway undecided voters.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has been accused of playing into the nationalist Alternative for Germany's hands after he said it was better not to vote at all than to choose the anti-migration party.
Erich Zann Barring an upset, Angela Merkel will continue to lead Germany after this weekend's vote, but in combination with one or more of her rivals.
Joseph Nasr Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) yesterday ruled out joining a post-election coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel if she supported French plans to deepen fiscal integration in the eurozone.
Catherine O'Mahony 'I have the necessary strength and I am still curious - about people and about how life and the country are changing, and about the challenges that politics present. I think that is decisive, that you don't think you already know everything."
Olaf Storbeck German Chancellor Angela Merkel's past economic omissions may come back to haunt her if she wins a fourth term. Since taking office in 2005, she has failed to invest enough, tailor the...
German police are investigating after two tomatoes were thrown at Chancellor Angela Merkel during an election campaign event in the south-western city of Heidelberg.
Kim Ripoll in Warsaw The Polish defence minister has accused the leaders of Germany and France of trying to "erase from Europe's historical memory" the tragic fate Poland suffered during World War II at German hands.
Turkish officials have denounced German chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, her main opponent in this month's general election, for their anti-Turkish rhetoric during a televised debate.
The Polish defence minister has accused the leaders of Germany and France of trying to "erase from Europe's historical memory" what Poland suffered during the Second World War at German hands.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said her government plans to double the size of a fund meant to help improve air quality in German cities and head off driving bans for older diesel cars.
Justin Huggler Angela Merkel was yesterday forced to defend her controversial decision to open Germany’s borders to more than one million asylum seekers as she came under pressure in a televised election debate.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-left rival, Martin Schulz, locked horns over how to deal with Turkey in their only televised debate Sunday, three weeks before the country's general election.
Abby Young-Powell Harsher measures should be taken against asylum seekers if they take a holiday in their country of origin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview yesterday, in which she also said she...
Dan O'Brien While every happening in Washington DC is reported on in great detail in the media, far too little attention is being paid to Berlin. Germany is entering the final straight of its general election...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by her decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees two years ago.
Angela Merkel has said she will not avoid eastern Germany despite encountering heckling at an election campaign rally there.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that while a lot has been done to address the causes of mass migration and to slow the flow of refugees to Europe, there is still a lot more to do.
David McHugh and Geir Moulson in Hamburg World powers have lined up against US president Donald Trump on climate change as they reaffirmed their support for international efforts to fight global warming.
By Peter Cary Things got slightly awkward at the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, when Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotted rolling her eyes next to Vladimir Putin.
Maya Oppenheim Melania Trump is reportedly trapped inside her hotel in Hamburg due to anti-capitalist protesters surrounding the building.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Dozens of police were injured in clashes with protesters before a G20 summit in Hamburg on Thursday, tarnishing the start of a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes will cement her role as a...
Andreas Rinke Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives promised Germany more police, more homes and full employment within eight years, as they presented their programme yesterday for an election in which...
By Isabel Togoh Eighteen people are believed to have died after a bus crashed into a lorry and caught fire in Bavaria, south-eastern Germany, near the border to the Czech Republic.
Justin Huggler A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Germany's parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a snap vote only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her longstanding position.
German legislators have voted to legalise same-sex marriage after a short but emotional debate, bringing the country in line with many of its Western peers.
Samuel Osborne German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU is "more determined than ever" to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the US decision to withdraw from the...
European leaders said they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the G20 summit.
Justin Huggler Angela Merkel has opened the way for gay marriage to be legalised in Germany after she called for a free vote in parliament on the issue.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she does not really do Twitter, but sometimes visits the site to check out what US President Donald Trump has to say.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the European Union's remaining 27 members to stick together during talks on Britain's exit from the bloc, which began on Monday.
Angela Merkel has said Brexit negotiations should go ahead as scheduled in nine days' time - despite the UK being plunged into political turmoil by the General Election.
By Peter Cary Nigel Farage has called Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement “remarkable” and a demonstration of democracy in action.
Thomas Escritt US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" yesterday, intensifying a row between the long-time allies and immediately earning himself the moniker...
The leaders of Germany and India have referred to each other as "reliable partners" after Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent public doubts about Germany's ties with the US and UK.
A top White House communications staffer has resigned as US President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul.
Angela Merkel has urged EU nations to fight for their own future in the face of emerging divisions with the US, Britain's decision to leave the bloc and other challenges.
Barack Obama received a rock star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his "favourite partners" during his presidency.
Colm Kelpie The pound faced renewed pressure yesterday after the UK warned it was prepared to walk away from Brexit talks and Theresa May's commanding double-digit lead in the polls receded to nine points.
Sylivie Corbet French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have pledged to work closely together to draw up a "road map" of reforms for the European Union.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have pledged to work closely together to draw up a "road map" of reforms for the European Union.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has won a state election in its centre-left rivals' traditional heartland, a stinging blow to the challenger in September's national vote.
Henry Samuel Emmanuel Macron will use his first international trip to try to persuade Germany today to build a common eurozone budget, a day after being sworn in as France's youngest ever president.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has won a state election in one of their centre-left rivals' traditional heartlands.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have come in first place in a local election seen as a warm-up for her bid for a fourth term in a national vote later this year.
Helena Horton and Steven Swinford THE European Union has warned that it is "more likely than not" that Brexit talks will fail after Jean Claude Juncker accused Theresa May of being "deluded" in the wake of a tense dinner at...
Britain must answer questions about its plans to exit the European Union before negotiations on the split can begin and cannot be under any illusions that it will retain the same rights and privileges as a member of the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to help Ireland safeguard its interests in the upcoming Brexit talks.
Cormac McQuinn German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to help Ireland safeguard its interests in the upcoming Brexit talks saying she is aware Irish concerns including the "very important issues of war...
Angela Merkel has underlined Germany's rejection of a claim by US president Donald Trump that her country owes Nato large sums for underspending on defence.
Rachael Revesz The White House has come up with a new theory as to why Donald Trump apparently ignored Angela Merkel’s request for a handshake.
By Grace Rahman He’s caused a huge surge in his party’s popularity.
Germany's Social Democratic Party has unanimously elected Martin Schulz as the party's top candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's forthcoming general election.
Barney Henderson New York Donald Trump seemed to refuse to shake hands with Angela Merkel yesterday as a first meeting between the two leaders, which was postponed from Tuesday because of snow, got off to a distinctly frosty start.
By Prudence Wade Did that really just happen?
Senay Boztas in Amsterdam Right-wing nationalist Geert Wilders and the conservative Dutch prime minister were both climbing in the polls last night as voters appeared to embrace their hardline responses to the spiralling diplomatic row with Turkey.
Nick Allen Donald Trump will use his first face-to-face meeting with Angela Merkel this week to put pressure on Germany to "share the burden" of Nato spending, senior US officials have said, in what has been described as a "make or break" meeting between the two leaders.
Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton Washington US President Donald Trump will ask Chancellor Angela Merkel for advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US officials said yesterday, as the US and German leaders meet next...
Madeline Chambers in Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey to stop invoking Berlin's Nazi past in criticising cancellations of Turkish ministers' rallies in Germany, and said she would do everything possible to keep Turkish domestic conflicts from spilling onto German soil.
Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told parliament.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies signalled on Thursday that they wanted to limit pay for top managers ahead of a September election after the Social Democrats (SPD) presented a draft law on the issue.
Ben Farmer in Munich European leaders have hit back at Donald Trump's ultimatum that they increase defence spending or risk America scaling back its commitment to transatlantic protection.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told politicians she stands by her 2013 complaint that "spying among friends" is unacceptable as she appeared before a committee examining alleged US surveillance in Germany.
Tom Rowley It was a result that would thrill even a dictator. On a Saturday in late January, members of the local branch of Angela Merkel's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) met in the former East...
Eoghan Harris Aristotle says courage is the chief virtue. Luckily for Europe, Angela Merkel, like the late Brendan McGahon, is blessed with bravery.
Justin Huggler in Berlin THE German government has been forced to deny it is interested in acquiring nuclear weapons amid calls for it to lead a European "nuclear superpower".
Justin Huggler German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted she was facing the toughest election campaign of her career yesterday after an opinion poll found her party trailing for the first time in almost seven years.
Germany will seek common ground "wherever possible" with US president Donald Trump's administration, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, despite differences over his recent travel ban.
German chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian conservative allies have thrown their weight behind her quest for a fourth term in office.
David Quinn When German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders of Germany to all refugees in 2015, initially I thought it was a great idea. I've amended that opinion now, in light of the fact the...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the country heads towards a critical referendum on boosting the powers of the presidency.
Peter Foster and Szu Ping Chan Donald Trump's administration launched a new attack on the EU last night, accusing Germany of profiting from a "grossly undervalued" euro to boost exports at the expense of America.
Shehab Khan Angela Merkel seemingly had to explain the Geneva refugee convention to Donald Trump during a phone call.
Justin Huggler Germany sought to calm European anxieties over Donald Trump's presidency yesterday after he dismissed Nato as "obsolete" and said he believed the EU would break up.
Henry Samuel in Paris Pacifism is no longer an option for Germany after the Berlin Christmas market attack, France’s conservative presidential candidate François Fillon insisted yesterday as he prepares to...
Paul Carrel German police have claimed they prevented a repeat of the assaults and robberies suffered by hundreds of women in Cologne a year ago by screening 650 mostly North African men on New Year's Eve.
Kim Ripoll Cologne German police said yesterday they had prevented a repeat of the assaults and robberies suffered by hundreds of women in Cologne a year ago by screening 650 mostly North African men on New Year's Eve.
Independent.ie Newsdesk German police said on Sunday they had prevented a repeat of the assaults and robberies suffered by hundreds of women in Cologne a year ago by screening 650 mostly North African men on New...
Angela Merkel is telling Germans that their country is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure "security in freedom".
Gerard O'Regan Christmas time - and the dying days of an old year - are for many a time of memory. Remembering the past. Pondering the future.
Christmas is a time when mothers take centre stage. Angela Merkel doesn't have any kids to worry about, but she does have a nation of 80 million who call her Mutti. To them she has the appeal of a thrifty housewife and, like any good mammy, comes across as a...
Independent.ie Newsdesk German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she had told Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a phone conversation that her government wanted to speed up deportation of failed asylum...
Shashank Joshi In the three days since Germany experienced the latest in Europe's wave of atrocities, the country's security services have not covered themselves in glory.
John Downing A fourth consecutive term as German Chancellor was always going to be a tough challenge for Angela Merkel - but she has still been deemed favourite to pull it off. A major terror attack in...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Nigel Farage has been threatened with legal action over an extremism row with the husband of murdered British MP Jo Cox following the Berlin terrorist attack.
Justin Huggler Germany was the victim of a suspected mass terror attack last night after a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin.
Peter Foster There can be few more quintessentially festive places than a Christmas market, a place decked out in tinsel and holly, where parents and children come to shop and congregate in preparation...
Karla De Wintours in Berlin GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on the burka "wherever possible" in Germany and said that there can be no repeat of last year's migrant crisis in a speech launching her bid for another two-year term as leader.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a new term as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved a young Afghan boy to tears, shaking his hand after he publicly thanked her at a party meeting.
Letters to the Editor As someone who fell out of love with Fianna Fáil in recent years, particularly during the Brian Cowen era, I still find myself admiring the determination of some of those who lost their seats to try to...
Melanie Hall in Berlin German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has denied accusations that she plagiarised parts of the doctoral dissertation that she wrote 25 years ago.
World leaders have approved an ambitious 15-year plan to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet and reducing inequality.
Carla De Wintours in Brussels Unless the migrant crisis in Europe is addressed properly there will be a surge of right-wing extremism across the continent, Frans Timmermans, European Commission vice-president, has warned.
Nicola Anderson TRUST the French to recognise a quality woman when they see one.
Sarah Knapton Motorists with petrol-fuelled cars were warned they face being dragged into the Volkswagen emissions rigging scandal, that is threatening the future of diesel cars.
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Hannah Estovia in Brussels THE Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders insisted yesterday that the only way to halt the flow of migrants pouring into Europe is to end the war in Syria.
Editorial We are all familiar with the notion of cause and effect; supposedly, a butterfly can flap its wings in the Amazon and set in train a cascade of momentous events. Yet somehow we are still startled...
Alice Dubois European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging the bloc to stop squabbling over proposals to share 120,000 refugees and find agreement at a meeting of justice and interior ministers.
A German minister is proposing a system under which the European Union would take in a fixed number of refugees directly from crisis-hit areas, thus avoiding smugglers, then send any further asylum-seekers elsewhere.
Gernot Heller Europe must share responsibility for coping with mass migration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, cautioning that her country could not shelter those who moved solely for economic reasons.
Sabine Siebold and Alastair Macdonald Police in Germany said on Sunday there had been an arson attack on a planned accommodation centre for migrants in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the latest sign of tension as...
James Downey Five words contain the entire content and meaning of the most notorious question ever asked. "Am I my brother's keeper?" We all know the Bible story, and the answer.
By Maja Zuvela AMID chaotic scenes at its border with Serbia, Croatia said today it could not cope with a flood of migrants seeking a new route into the EU after Hungary kept them out by erecting a fence and...
Mike Corder German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart, Werner Faymann, have issued a joint call for an emergency EU summit to address the refugee crisis.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she does not favour threatening other European Union nations in the migration crisis.
Justin Huggler Berlin Border controls were returning to Europe last night as the continent struggled to cope with the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Liz O'Donnell The Irish Government decision this week to receive 4,000 refugees over a two-year period in response to the escalating refugee crisis is to be welcomed. The eventual figure may exceed that, given...
Ivan Yates An unintended consequence of the refugee crisis may be a new wave of Euro-scepticism. Leave aside the emotional and humanitarian necessities of desperate people fleeing civil wars in Eritrea,...
Letters to the Editor Some interesting thoughts came to mind in the last few days, regarding unilateral action by certain EU countries and populist politics.
Yannis Behrakis Thousands of refugees trudged through mud and torrential rain to Greece's border with Macedonia on Thursday, swelling a human tide across Europe that authorities appear powerless to control.
Letters to the Editor After a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her strongest support yet for a defined and unified refugee policy. She said:...
The head of the European Union's executive says 22 of the member states should be forced to accept another 120,000 people in need of international protection.
Britain is to resettle up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next four and a half years, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.
Angela Merkel's decision to allow thousands of migrants to enter Germany caused a rift in her conservative bloc when her Bavarian allies accused her of giving "a totally wrong signal" to Europe.
Willie Kealy They are terrified. They think we don't care about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees whose lives are so blighted by the savagery of war that they will risk their children in dangerous seas in the hope of a life away from the awful chaos. Worse, they think that many of us are actively hostile to these human casualties,...
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her country will not stop anyone from seeking asylum, as thousands of migrants desperate to leave Hungary made their way westward to Germany and Austria.
David Quinn The influx of the refugees into Europe is the greatest issue the continent has faced since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. Depending on how we respond to it, the refugee crisis has the...
Harriet Alexander in London GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped up her appeal for a Europe-wide response to the region's biggest refugee crisis since World War II as Hungary closed a train station where hundreds...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed fellow European nations to share the burden of the influx of migrants.
Peter Dominiczak, Matthew Holehouse and Justin Huggler The European Union could be forced to bring back border controls in the wake of the migrant crisis, warns Angela Merkel.
Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on other European Union countries on Sunday to take a greater share of the refugees fleeing to the bloc, as her government struggles to cope with a record...
Shane Ross Last Tuesday, I eavesdropped on a group of TDs sipping coffee in Leinster House. As usual, the date of the election loomed large. But the talk was not the usual gossip about local politics. No mention...
John Downing Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has strongly rejected criticisms by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Ireland's stance on EU migration policy.
Editorial The Americans have always looked askance at European leadership. 'When catastrophe strikes, who do you call?' was the jibe on Capitol Hill. These days, there is only one person willing to break awkward silences on difficult issues.
Three people have been arrested over the deaths of 71 migrants found in a refrigerated lorry abandoned in Austria.
Independent.ie Newsdesk 'Merkel critcises our stance on migrants' is the main headline on the front page of today's 'Irish Independent'.
Karin Strohecker in Vienna As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria near the Hungarian border yesterday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders discussing...
Sarah Stack Ireland's failure to take a larger number of refugees has been criticised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Harriet Alexander in Vienna Kosovo should be considered as part of the solution to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe rather than part of the problem, the country's foreign minister has said, as leaders from the Western...
Karla Fox in Dresden Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to take a stand against "shameful" anti-migrant protests, on a visit to an asylum shelter which was the focus of clashes at the weekend.
Angela Merkel was booed by far-right protesters as she urged Germans to stand up against hatred during a visit to a shelter for asylum seekers.
Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has slipped by two percentage points due to divisions within her parliamentary bloc over a third bailout for Greece and even her own popularity has taken a hit, a poll showed.
Harriet Alexander in Budapest Hungary has called for the European Union to do more to assist with the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, as a record number of migrants crossed its borders yesterday to enter the EU.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit a refugee shelter hit by neo-Nazi rioting.
Justine Huggler in New York Germany is expected to demand other EU countries take a larger share of asylum-seekers as Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande hold talks over the migrant crisis.
Violent far-right protests outside a refugee shelter in Germany have been condemned by the country's government.
Violent far-right protests outside a refugee shelter in Germany have been condemned by the country's government.
Liz O'Donnell To use an Irish expression, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a 'class act'. Political observers in Germany speak of her "unshakeable intellectual self-confidence", while at the same time remaining...
Szu Ping Chan in Munich German MPs voted to back a third bailout for Greece yesterday as Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte faced the threat of a no-confidence vote over his decision to support the €86bn rescue plan.
European bailout fund supervisors have approved the release of billions of euros to help rebuild Greece's devastated economy just as a new debt payment looms.
lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of a third Greek bailout on Wednesday, heeding a call from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to give Greece the chance for a new start, despite his own concerns it might not work.
Germany's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a third bailout package for Greece.
Paul Carrel German lawmakers are expected to vote overwhelmingly in favour of Greece's third bailout today, even though Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a dangerous rebellion in her own party ranks that...
Mehreen Khan The Greek government has rowed back on promises to halt the fire sales of the country's strategic assets by approving the sale of its airports to a German company.
Mehreen Khan Greek MPs are poised to hold a vote of confidence in the government of Alexis Tsipras after Leftist party rebels deserted the prime minister over the punishing terms of a third international...
Noah Barkin German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers yesterday that the International Monetary Fund would take part in a new bailout for Greece, before a parliamentary vote in which many of her conservatives may break ranks and reject the rescue.
Independent.ie Newsdesk US marines hoisted the American flag at the US embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years last Friday, at a ceremony led by US Secretary of State John Kerry to mark the restoration of...
Paul Carrel Germany's justice minister came under fire on Wednesday for sacking the top public prosecutor in a row over a treason investigation that has exposed tensions between press freedom and protection of...
German justice minister Heiko Maas has said he will request the dismissal and retirement of the country's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range.
German justice minister Heiko Maas has said he will request the dismissal and retirement of the country's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range.
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On July 17, her 61st birthday, Angela Merkel stepped to the podium in the Bundestag and urged German lawmakers to approve a new round of bailout negotiations with Greece, warning of "chaos and violence" if Athens were pushed out of the euro zone.
James Downey Once upon a time, Britain had a Home Secretary by the name of Michael Howard. He based his work largely on the proposition that "prison works". He repeated it constantly and quietly but with...
Costas Pitas Athens Greece will reopen its banks today for the first time in three weeks, but with restrictions on withdrawals still in place.
Costas Pitas and Lefteris Papadimas Greece will reopen its banks on Monday for the first time in three weeks, but with restrictions on withdrawals still in place, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the government would have to...
Independent.ie Newsdesk The German finance ministry dismissed speculation in German media on Saturday that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was considering resignation over differences of opinion with...
Leo Cendrowicz in Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been given begrudging parliamentary backing to start talks on the €86bn Greek bailout but she faced an unprecedented rebellion from 60 MPs in her own party, who voted against the plan.
A senior European Union official says a way has been found to get Greece more than 7 billion euros in short-term cash.
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