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Merkel Visibly Shakes&mdash;Again
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Merkel Visibly Shakes—Again

Spokesperson maintains German chancellor is 'well'

(Newser) - Onlookers are again questioning the health of Angela Merkel after she was seen shaking for a second time in two weeks. The German chancellor's hands and body shook as she listened to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speak Thursday in Berlin at a farewell ceremony for Justice Minister Katarina Barley, reports...

After Visibly Shaking, Merkel Explains

German chancellor says she was dehydrated during ceremony on hot day

(Newser) - Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably Tuesday during a welcoming ceremony for Ukraine's president—but she blames dehydration and says all is fine now. "I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well," the German chancellor...

Pence and Merkel See Things Very Differently

Especially about the Iran nuclear deal

(Newser) - Angela Merkel got a standing ovation; Mike Pence, polite applause. Now the media is hashing out the starkly different policy prescriptions they presented Saturday at a Munich security conference. Facing an audience peppered with influential figures—like a senior Chinese official, Russia's foreign minister, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka...

Merkel, German Politicians Hit by Data Breach

Addresses, phone numbers shared via Twitter on Friday

(Newser) - Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained, per the AP . The data breach hit politicians at all levels—including the European, German, and state parliaments as well...

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle...

Plane Carrying Merkel to G-20 Makes Emergency Landing

No injuries reported

(Newser) - A plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina was forced to make an unscheduled landing Thursday night in western Germany, reportedly due to technical problems. The government Airbus, which was en route to Buenos Aires, turned around over the Netherlands about an hour...

For Germany's Merkel, a 'Watershed Moment'

She will reportedly step down as chancellor at end of current parliamentary term

(Newser) - It looks like the beginning of the end for Angela Merkel's long tenure as Germany's chancellor. After her ruling party under-performed in state elections, Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democratic Union that this would be her final parliamentary term as chancellor, reports the AP . The current term...

Trump's Blast at Germany Calls Attention to Huge Pipeline

US worried proposed project would give Russia too much money, influence in Europe

(Newser) - President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from...

Trump Lights Into Germany at NATO Breakfast

He says country is 'controlled' by Russia; Angela Merkel isn't having it

(Newser) - In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" and blasted NATO allies' defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American...

Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession
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Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession

German leader agrees to tough border policies to stay in power

(Newser) - Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now. Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition, reports...

Trump Fires Off Warning Letters to NATO Allies

Ahead of summit, president complains others, especially, Germany, aren't contributing enough

(Newser) - President Trump heads to Belgium next week for a NATO summit, and he has set the tone in advance with what the New York Times calls "sharply worded" letters to leaders of other member nations. The gist: Trump asserts that they're not paying their fair share for defense,...

Infighting Over Immigration Threatens Germany&#39;s Merkel
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Germany's Merkel May Be in Trouble

The chancellor is being hit by friendly fire over immigration

(Newser) - The bitter battle over immigration that's been brewing in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country's borders to Syrian refugees is pitting some within the leader's ranks against her. According to the Atlantic , Merkel's own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, drew up plans that would turn...

Merkel Calls Trump's G-7 Actions 'Depressing'

And 'sobering,' says the German leader

(Newser) - Angela Merkel has called President Trump's decision to to disavow the only just agreed upon G-7 statement "a little depressing." Per the AP , the German chancellor found the contentious Group of Seven summit with the US president a "sobering" experience but said European leaders won'...

Germany Pokes Trump on Twitter Politicking

'You can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters,' the German leader said

(Newser) - President Trump announced the US won't endorse a G-7 statement of shared priorities on trade and other key issues, in an apparent squabble with Canada's prime minister , and it has stirred up a lot of anger over in Europe. According to CNN , leaders in the French capital responded...

Enduring Image of the G7: Merkel Staring Down Trump

German chancellor's Instagram account posts photo of tense leaders at summit

(Newser) - Amid the inevitable landslide of photos that emerges from any G7 summit, there's one in particular from the latest contentious such event that's raising some eyebrows, and it comes courtesy of the German chancellor's official Instagram account. In it, Angela Merkel sternly stares down President Trump as...

They're Polar Opposites, but Macron Is 'Trump Whisperer'

French president may have more at risk as he visits the White House

(Newser) - President Trump has a busy week on the diplomacy front, starting with a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron and ending with another by Germany's Angela Merkel. Macron will be at the White House Monday and Tuesday in the first state visit by a foreign leader hosted by Trump,...

Germany's Political Stalemate May Be Ending

Social Democrats entering coalition talks with Angela Merkel

(Newser) - Germany's Social Democrats have voted to enter coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a key step toward ending political gridlock and forming a new government. Delegates in Bonn voted 362 to 279 on Sunday in favor of opening the coalition talks, the AP reports. Once a coalition...

Putin's New Year's Note to Trump: Let's Work Together

Russian president calls for 'pragmatic cooperation,' 'mutual respect' between 2 countries

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is heading into the new year with hopes that Russia and the US can move toward a "pragmatic cooperation" that will allow them to work together over the long haul. Per the Kremlin, that's the gist of the New Year's message the Russian president sent...

Germany Faces 'Situation We Haven't Had in Nearly 70 Years'

The options are to pave the way for a minority government or a new election

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempt to put together a previously untried government with two smaller and ideologically diverse parties has collapsed. Germany's election on Sept. 24 left only two politically plausible combinations with a majority in parliament, and the breakdown of coalition talks Sunday night appears to have...

Merkel Faces Tough Choice After Germany Election Result

She hopes to form new government—by Christmas

(Newser) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance won the most seats in Germany's election on Sunday, meaning she will keep her job for a fourth term—but it was her party's worst showing since 1949 and the process of forming a new government could drag into next year....

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