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  • Merkel tells Israelis of German 'shame' (first "head of government" to speak in the Knesset)

    03/18/2008 2:36:17 PM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 15 replies · 438+ views
    JERUSALEM: Angela Merkel on Tuesday became the first German chancellor to address the Israeli Parliament, crowning a three-day visit intended to upgrade ties between the two countries. The Merkel visit was seen as highly symbolic by both sides, as the Jewish state prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its establishment against the background of the Holocaust. Paying tribute to the "special relationship" between Israel and Germany, Merkel said that the Nazi genocide filled Germans "with shame." High on the agenda was what Israel sees as Germany's crucial role in the international campaign against the development of an Iranian nuclear...
  • Beijing calls in German envoy over Dalai Lama's visit to Merkel

    09/15/2007 11:14:40 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 12 replies · 325+ views
    BERLIN (AFP) — China has summoned Germany's ambassador in Beijing to discuss Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to grant the Dalai Lama an unprecedented meeting this month, the German foreign ministry said Friday. A spokesman confirmed a report due to appear in Monday's edition of the Handelsblatt business daily that ambassador Michael Schaefer has been called to a meeting with Chinese authorities. The German government's chief spokesman, Ulrich Wilhelm, announced earlier on Friday that Merkel will receive Tibet's exiled spiritual leader at the chancellery in Berlin on September 23. It will mark the first time that the Dalai Lama has been...
  • Germany Investigates 7 More Suspects in Terror Plot

    09/08/2007 11:58:30 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 13 replies · 515+ views
    FOX News ^ | 9/8/07
    BERLIN — Three militant Islamic terror suspects had acquired vans that might have been intended for use in bomb attacks on U.S. and other targets in Germany, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said Saturday. Estimates of the size of the plot ranged as high as 50 people, and prosecutors were looking the possibility of a wider terrorist network. German authorities think the two German converts and a Turk arrested Tuesday were only the leading tip of the planning, said Petra Kneuer, spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor's Office. She said authorities were investigating seven more suspects inside and outside Germany as part...
  • The World's 100 Most Powerful Women (Forbes: Merkel #1 again, Condi #4, Hillary #25 )

    09/01/2007 1:06:30 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 8 replies · 668+ views
    For the second year in a row, Angela Merkel, the first woman to become chancellor of Germany, ranks No. 1 on our list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women. She continued to impress the world with her cool leadership at two back-to-back summits. First, she stuck to her principles, getting G-8 leaders to agree to significant cuts in carbon emissions, among other things. Merkel later corralled European Union countries into an agreement on a treaty to replace the E.U. constitution. Meanwhile, China's vice premier, Wu Yi (No. 2), continues to help lead a government that oversees an economy whose...
  • [German Chancellor] Merkel snapped shopping at Berlin supermarket [Caption pics]

    08/10/2007 4:49:14 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 41 replies · 1,810+ views
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Photographs of Angela Merkel on a recent trip to a supermarket were published in German daily Bild on Thursday -- earning the German Chancellor lavish praise from the paper for her modesty and common touch. Merkel visited the supermarket, inside Berlin's Friedrichstrasse train station a few minutes walk from the chancellery, at the end of July and bought oranges and lemons, according to a Bild reader who took the photos. Having queued with other shoppers, she paid with cash from her own purse, the reader said. "It all seemed ridiculously normal, except for the three bodyguards watching...
  • Merkel pleased to hang Schroeder at last

    07/10/2007 12:36:25 PM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 13 replies · 805+ views
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was pleased to hang Gerhard Schroeder at last -- even if it was only a portrait of her former rival. Merkel and her predecessor as chancellor traded light-hearted barbs at a ceremony in the chancellery in Berlin, where Schroeder was on his first visit since losing an acrimonious election to Merkel in 2005. Portraits of all postwar chancellors now hang there. "Visitors won't have to ask me any more: 'Why hasn't Schroeder been hung up?'" Merkel said. Schroeder then pointed to the space next to his portrait -- reserved...
  • Caption French President Sarkozy with President Bush

    06/08/2007 12:48:38 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 21 replies · 1,521+ views
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    French President Sarkozy with President Bush at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm/Germany.
  • G8-Summit 2007 in Heiligendamm/Germany - PHOTOS

    06/07/2007 4:06:01 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 53 replies · 2,253+ views
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    The G8 summit in Heiligendamm/Germany (at the Baltic Sea) has begun. Yesterday, the heads of governments/states of the US, France, Britain, Italy, Canada, Germany, Russia, Japan, and the chief of the EU commission have met for dinner, today, the consultations started. Main topics will be the aid for Africa, global climate change and the missile shield. Tens of thousands radical Leftists are also nearby, but kept away from Heiligendamm by 16000 police officers. Earlier today, a Greenpeace boat entered the security zone. Continuously, police forces are clearing the roads by using tear gas and/or water cannons. A Greenpeace boat enters...
  • German company (BASF) to offer western gas supplies Poland

    05/30/2007 4:02:52 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 9 replies · 779+ views
    BBJ.hu ^ | 30 May 2007
    A German company is today expected to offer Poland a way to become less dependent on Russian gas, in a move that is reportedly supported by the German government which is trying to ease the hostility between Warsaw and Moscow. German daily Handelsblatt reports that Wintershall - a daughter company of energy giant BASF - is to propose that Poland gets access to Western gas. This would be possible using the planned new north-south pipeline 'opal' which for almost 500 km will run parallel to the Polish border. „In this way it would be possible at several points to connect...
  • Afghan bomber kills 3 German soldiers, 4 others (attacks on NATO forces continue)

    05/19/2007 2:27:15 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 25 replies · 837+ views
    Reuters India ^ | Tahir Qadiry
    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed three German soldiers and four civilians on Saturday in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, Afghan security officials said. To the south, militants in Kapisa province engaged Afghan and foreign forces overnight in a battle in which several dozen Taliban fighters were believed to have been killed, the U.S.-led coalition said. And in the Shinwar district near Jalalabad, a remote-controlled bomb killed a police chief and another officer and wounded three others on Saturday, a local official said. Insurgents have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks following the traditional winter...
  • Russian, EU leaders trade barbs at fractious summit (Soviet-European clash!)

    05/18/2007 11:28:17 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 13 replies · 794+ views
    BERLIN: : In a summit already strained by weeks of discord over trade, security and energy issues, Russian and European Union leaders ended their two-day meeting exchanging barbs over human rights and failing to start talks aimed at bringing the two economies closer together. During an unusually long and acrimonious news conference in Volshsky Utyos, near the southern Russian city of Samara, the differences between the two sides were stark, with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and European Commission President Jose Maria Barossa clashing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • EU backing for 'open skies' deal (with the US)

    03/22/2007 4:59:28 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 8 replies · 392+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 22 March 2007
    European Union (EU) transport ministers have unanimously backed an "open skies" aviation deal with the US aimed at liberalising transatlantic air travel. The deal, which has been criticised by airlines in the UK, eases restrictions on travel between Europe and the US. Supporters say open skies reform will boost competition between airlines and lead to lower air fares. The deal will also challenge British Airways' dominance at Heathrow airport, Europe's busiest hub. EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot described the deal as one of "great political and economic importance." "The fact that everyone in the Council (of transport ministers) has been...
  • German minesweeper runs aground off Norway

    Oslo - A German naval minesweeper ran aground off the Norwegian coast in the early hours of Wednesday, reported rescue services authorities in the city of Stavanger on Norway's south- western coast. According to the report, none of the vessel's 42 sailors were in danger at any time. The ship was participating in naval exercises when the accident occurred owing to a 'navigational error,' the Norwegian authorities said. The ship was due to be freed during high tide.
  • Muslims criticize carnival float in parade that mocks mullahs (German Carnival)

    Dusseldorf - A Muslim leader in Germany criticized a carnival float in a Monday parade that satirically suggested Islam was not peaceful. The float carried two identical cartoon-style papier-mache figures, each wearing a suicide-bomber's belt and carrying a dagger and a pistol. The first was labelled 'the cliche,', the second was labelled 'the reality.' Both scowling figures were labelled 'mullahs,' a term used in Germany as it is in Pakistan to describe both Shiite and Sunni clergy. The float was part of a carnival parade watched by more than half a million people in the western city of Dusseldorf. 'This...
  • Merkel: Iran nuke program must be halted

    02/10/2007 2:17:53 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 41 replies · 870+ views
    MUNICH, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that the international community is determined to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Speaking at a weekend gathering of the world's top security officials, expected to include Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, Merkel said Tehran needed to accept demands made by the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency. "There is no way around this," she told the 250 officials, including more than 40 defense and foreign ministers. "What we are talking about here is a very, very sensitive technology, and for that reason we need a high degree of...
  • Merkel criticizes Iran, Syria during Mideast trip

    German chancellor says international community must seize 'window of opportunity' to settle Israeli-Palestinian conflict, slams nations 'that do not want success in these efforts' German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday criticized Iran and Syria for their role in the Middle East and urged the international community to seize a vanishing “window of opportunity” to find a settlement for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Merkel, who has made progress toward peace a key goal of her country’s six-month EU presidency, used some of her toughest language during a speech in Abu Dhabi, part of her tour of Arab countries aimed at rallying support...
  • Bush, Merkel pledge closer trans-Atlantic cooperation on trade, Mideast, global warming

    01/05/2007 8:27:26 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 10 replies · 413+ views
    WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are pledging closer cooperation on combating global warming and in trying to prod a Middle East peace, brushing aside lingering differences between the two countries. Merkel was in Washington for a brief visit Thursday just days after Germany assumed the rotating presidencies of the European Union and the Group of Eight major industrialized nations. She said she intended the visit as a signal that trans-Atlantic relations would be an important item for Germany during its six months as leader of Europe and the G-8. Merkel said her trip to Washington...
  • Muslim Detained 4 Days in Las Vegas, Then Sent Back to Germany

    01/03/2007 2:16:08 PM PST · by Michael81Dus · 56 replies · 1,455+ views
    A German businessman of Syrian descent who wanted to surprise his daughter with a holiday visit was detained for four days in a Las Vegas holding cell before being sent back home without explanation. ... Shehadeh, 62, flew from Frankfurt to Las Vegas last Thursday, hoping to meet with his wife and drive to Bakersfield, Calif., where his American-born daughter had just gotten news she'd passed the California bar exam. Instead, he wound up shivering in a holding cell without ever being told why he couldn't enter the country, he said. ... She said Shehadeh's visa waiver could have been...
  • (EU President) Merkel seeks closer EU-US ties

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in comments published today the European Union and the United States should more closely harmonise their financial market regulations, patent laws and other economic mechanisms. In an interview with the Financial Timesbefore a trip to Washington this week, Ms Merkel outlined her goals for Germany's six-month rotating presidency of the European Union and its year-long presidency of the Group of Eight nations. Ms Merkel said closer harmony between the 27-nation EU bloc and the United States would boost investment flows and trade. "We have accumulated a certain expertise about single markets in Europe, which we...
  • Israel glad Germany will head EU

    01/01/2007 1:25:58 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 7 replies · 658+ views
    Israeli diplomatic officials are breathing a sigh of relief that Germany, considered one of Israel's strongest supporters in Europe, will be taking over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Monday for the next six months. The president of the EU, according to officials in Jerusalem, has a great deal of influence over the agenda and the tone of the statements that come out of the EU. The German presidency, according to sources in Jerusalem, is especially welcome since it follows the Finnish tenure, a tenure marked by concern that the EU would be open to watering down the...
  • Russian Groups Look to Germany for Help

    12/27/2006 2:09:01 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 259+ views
    MOSCOW, Dec. 25 — Just before Christmas, in a fancy Azeri restaurant in Moscow, the German Embassy arranged a meeting between journalists and representatives of two leading independent human rights groups. ... Germany, which has the strongest ties to Russia of any country in Europe, will be grappling with these issues and the overall European-Russian relationship when it takes over the European Union presidency and leadership of the Group of 8 on Jan. 1. ... Nothing is certain in Mr. Putin’s Russia, ... ... “Here is a chance for Germany and Europe to speak out.” ... Mrs. Merkel, ..., has...
  • FReep a poll (woman of the year, Hillary leads!)

    12/22/2006 8:36:42 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 76 replies · 1,031+ views
    Ok, it´s a national newspaper in Germany, with a hundred of thousand viewers daily - we don´t want them to see that Hillary is the woman of the year, do we? So, I suggest to take either Condi or Angela Merkel. Brits may also choose their queen. ;-)
  • Merkel says Germany may train Iraqi troops

    12/11/2006 5:59:57 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 5 replies · 416+ views
    BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Germany may offer to train Iraqi soldiers at bases outside Iraq, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, following calls on European governments to do more to help stabilise the country. "I do not rule out that Germany could also take part in training Iraqi soldiers outside Iraq," Merkel told a news conference after a meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. Merkel said while there were no concrete plans for such training activities as yet, officials from Germany's defence ministry were in contact with their Iraqi counterparts. Earlier, Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier...
  • Merkel sees hopeful signs from Israel over Mideast

    12/11/2006 5:56:35 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 5 replies · 356+ views
    BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday positive signals coming from Israel should be used to make progress towards securing peace in the Middle East. Speaking after a meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and two days before a visit from Israel's Premier Ehud Olmert, Merkel reiterated she would use Germany's six-month presidency of the EU next year to renew peace efforts. "We want to use these hopeful signals which are being sent by the Israeli government to make progress," Merkel told a joint news conference with Mubarak. "We need results in order to halt...
  • Germany's jobless rate falls below 4M

    11/30/2006 7:03:32 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 68 replies · 906+ views
    Business Week ^ | GEIR MOULSON
    Germany's unemployment rate dropped to 9.6 percent in November as the number of people out of work fell below 4 million for the first time in more than four years -- the latest evidence of a gathering recovery in Europe's biggest economy. The unadjusted jobless rate declined from 9.8 percent in September, while the number of Germans registered as unemployed sank by 89,000 to 3.995 million, the government's Federal Labor Agency said Thursday. The figure was last below the politically sensitive 4 million mark in October 2002, when it stood at nearly 3.93 million. The labor agency credited the improvement...
  • Merkel mulling German push for EU-US trade zone

    11/23/2006 6:24:34 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 30 replies · 819+ views
    BERLIN, NOV 22: Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering pushing for a transatlantic free trade zone when Germany takes on the European Union presidency next year. The idea could gain momentum when Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) votes on it next week. Despite scepticism in some European capitals, the vote at a CDU party congress in Dresden may trigger a new drive by Berlin for a notion long cherished by some conservatives keen to improve relations with Washington. “We want to start considering a common market between Europe and America,” Merkel told Bild newspaper on Wednesday. “A crucial point would be...
  • Court orders retrial of 9/11 hijacker friend (Germany; MOTASSADEQ; Never-ending story continues)

    11/16/2006 1:39:30 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 3 replies · 337+ views
    KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court of appeals on Thursday ordered that a Moroccan friend of the September 11 hijackers must face a third trial on charges of aiding the deadly 2001 attacks on the United States. Judge Klaus Tolksdorf, who has said that Mounir El Motassadeq clearly knew his acquaintances from Hamburg were planning plane attacks, ordered the retrial. Motassadeq was convicted last year of belonging to a terrorist organisation and sentenced to 7 years in prison, but cleared of the more serious charge of abetting mass murder. He was unexpectedly freed from a Hamburg prison in February...
  • German president urges Europe to do more for Iraq

    11/11/2006 10:28:59 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 12 replies · 874+ views
    BERLIN, Nov 10 (Reuters) - German President Horst Koehler took European countries to task on Friday for not doing more to help stabilise Iraq, saying it was foolish of them to leave the United States only to secure the country. "The war has led to a disaster, but we can't sit back and say it's a problem for the Americans. That would be dumb, short-sighted and arrogant," Koehler told the Saturday edition of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. "We cannot allow the region to slide into chaos. We have a direct, existential interest in preventing this." A copy of the interview...
  • US Lawyers to Seek Criminal Charges Against Rumsfeld in Germany

    11/11/2006 8:56:40 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 79 replies · 1,558+ views
    A U.S.-based advocacy group says it plans to seek criminal charges in a German court against outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, for his alleged role in sanctioning torture of prisoners in U.S. custody. In a statement Saturday, the Center for Constitutional Rights says it will file its criminal complaint against Rumsfeld in a German court Tuesday. Attorneys for the group say the case will ultimately look at the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials authorizing war crimes in the war on terror. They say the complaint is related to a 2004 case that was dismissed. The lawyers say the new...
  • Mike McIntee is lying (Liberal caught in spreading lies about the White House)

    11/10/2006 7:07:41 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 17 replies · 1,385+ views
    This is a video showing, that Mike McIntee has lied about the White House. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO WATCH!
  • Conservative Agenda has failed (Vanity)

    11/08/2006 12:52:38 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 34 replies · 442+ views
    Ok, folks, now that I got your attention, I may say a few words on the election outcome from abroad. As a foreigner I don´t allow myself here to comment on the sovereign decision of the American voters. But on a personal level I may express sorry for you, who have worked hard to get Senators and Representatives re-/elected. I know what losing is like, I had that in 2 1/2 out of 3 federal elections in my country. There´s a lot of frustration, especially the first weeks up to the moment when the winners take over the power they...
  • German jobless fall adds to eurozone optimism

    11/03/2006 6:18:50 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 39 replies · 599+ views
    The eurozone’s economic prospects have brightened significantly, with manufacturers increasing employment for the first time in more than four years and Germany seeing a sharp drop in its jobless total. Germany’s labour office reported that the country’s seasonally adjusted unemployment total fell last month by 110,000 to 4.64m, or 11.2 per cent of the workforce. The eighth decline in nine months came as a fillip for Angela Merkel, Germany’s new chancellor, who has made tackling unemployment her top priority. ADVERTISEMENT The decline was due to milder weather causing fewer winter lay-offs in such sectors as construction, although job creation measures...
  • Germany set for business tax cut

    11/03/2006 6:17:17 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 6 replies · 292+ views
    Germany's coalition government has reached agreement on slashing business taxes from 2008, in a bid to improve the country's competitiveness. In future, the standard rate for firms will be cut from nearly 39% to just under 30%. Changes to the business tax regime are being seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ability to push through her reform agenda. Some of the lost revenue will be made by taxing firms' interest payments. The government has pledged the measure will not cost the country more than five billion euros. The measure was agreed by a German government working group of...
  • Most Germans dissatisfied with country's political system

    11/03/2006 6:17:14 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 31 replies · 612+ views
    A majority of Germans have for the first time ever lost trust in the nations's political and social system, according to a survey commissioned by the ARD public television network on Friday. While 49 percent of Germans are happy with the democratic developments inside the country, some 51 percent have stated they are either very little or not at all satisfied with the political system. Germans voiced also concerned over the widening social gap in the country as some 66 percent of those questioned pointed to social injustice and inequality in the political system, indicating a rise from 57 percent...
  • Olmert Apologizes to German Lawmakers (over IDF/German Navy incident)

    10/30/2006 4:03:25 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 14 replies · 409+ views
    BERLIN -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday apologized for "misunderstandings" involving German forces and Israeli jets off the Lebanese coast and pledged that they would not be repeated. The German government said Chancellor Angela Merkel had "expressed her concern over the incidents" of the past week in a telephone conversation with Olmert, who earlier Sunday met with a delegation from her party in Israel. In mid-October, Germany took charge of the multinational naval force patrolling Lebanon's coastline to prevent arms shipments from reaching Hezbollah guerrillas following the recent conflict with Israel. Last week, German officials have said, Israeli...
  • Bush spends days with his new German ally, Angela Merkel

    07/12/2006 12:38:29 PM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 56 replies · 1,617+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | William Douglas
    ROSTOCK, Germany - The huge headline in Wednesday's edition of the German national newspaper Bild blared the question that inquiring minds in Germany wanted to know: "What Does Bush Find So Fascinating About His Girlfriend Angela?" President Bush, who arrived Wednesday evening in this Baltic Sea coastal region of what once was communist East Germany, has formed a fast friendship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that has made them the new odd couple of international politics. He's the architect of the pre-emptive-strike war on Iraq and defender of the U.S.-operated prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She leads West Europe's biggest...
  • Merkel praises dialogue with Bush

    07/11/2006 7:17:46 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 67 replies · 869+ views
    BERLIN, July 11 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised U.S-German relations and emphasized her readiness to critique President Bush if necessary as his arrival nears. She said she had spoken about her concerns over the U.S.-run military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "at every meeting we had." Bush had recently said he was willing to close down Guantanamo. "Its end may of course not lead to renewed terror threats," Merkel said in a lengthy interview with German TV station RTL. Merkel, who invited Bush and his wife Laura to visit the eastern German state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, in...
  • World Cup helps Germany polish its image

    07/09/2006 7:47:39 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 22 replies · 899+ views
    Hamburg, July 9 (DPA) Motivated by the attractive football of Juergen Klinsmann’s team, Germans turned their World Cup into ‘a Woodstock of sport’ with a new and refreshing display of patriotism. Germans had been hesitant to show any kind of national pride since the end of the Nazi regime, but the 30 days of football helped the younger generation in particular discover the nation’s black, red and gold flag. Initial fears of neo-Nazi activity evaporated along with fears of hooliganism as millions of Germans celebrated the biggest sports party in history with their foreign visitors in almost Mediterranean-like weather conditions....
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Christian tourists in Jerusalem

    06/28/2006 2:06:59 PM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 337 replies · 5,474+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Jonathan Lis
    A group of 50 pro-Israel Christian tourists came under attack Wednesday from some 100 residents of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She'arim in Jerusalem. Three of the tourists and a police officer were wounded in the attack. They received treatment at the scene. The tourists arrived at Mea She'arim wearing orange T-shirts with the words "Love your neighbor as yourself" printed across them. As they neared one of the squares, the local residents apparently identified them as Christians and began to hit them. Police forces in the area stepped in to stop the violence, but did not make any arrests....
  • Germany to Iran: Stop enrichment and we can talk

    06/25/2006 1:36:59 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 5 replies · 354+ views
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany made clear to Iran on Saturday it must halt uranium enrichment if it wants to negotiate with six world powers on an offer of incentives aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with the Islamic republic.Iran said that any talks must be "without pre-conditions," suggesting little movement in the two sides' positions."I can only reiterate and urge Iran to implement very quickly a suspension of enrichment to enable negotiations to begin again," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki. Mottaki, however, appeared to reject any demand that Iran temporarily stop enrichment...
  • Condolezza Rice will not be a candidate for President 2008!!

    05/06/2006 6:34:39 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 59 replies · 1,208+ views
    Just in: Condolezza Rice will not candidate for presidency 2008.
  • Bush, Merkel stand united on Middle East

    05/05/2006 12:41:02 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 31 replies · 625+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jocelyne Zablit
    Both President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday reiterated their tough stance on a broad range of Middle East issues, including the nuclear showdown with Iran, the commitment to defend Israel and the refusal of all contact with the Palestinian governing party Hamas. "America's commitment to Israel's security is strong, enduring and unshakable," Mr. Bush said in a speech in Washington to the influential American Jewish Committee (AJC), which is marking its 100th anniversary. He said the United States and Israel were "natural allies, and these ties will never be broken." Mrs. Merkel, who also addressed the gala event,...
  • Whisper it softly... Germany is coming back

    04/15/2006 7:42:44 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 65 replies · 2,142+ views
    The Times, London ^ | By Roger Boyes
    Germany is out of the doldrums as economic reforms boost wealth and confidence. Now all it needs is to win the World Cup NEVER write off the Germans. As every English football fan knows, they don’t know when they are beaten. Only a few months ago, the country appeared to be staring into an abyss. The Government was paralysed after inconclusive elections and the economy, Europe’s largest, was in recession with more than five million out of work, and the most powerful companies were awash with corporate sleaze. Relations with the United States were at their lowest ebb after the...
  • HELP NEEDED: German Catholics protest plans for TV parody - SEND AN E-MAIL TO MTV!!

    04/14/2006 7:17:11 AM PDT · by Michael81Dus · 36 replies · 623+ views
    German Catholics protest plans for TV parody MTV To Air Pope-Bashing Cartoon in Germany, With Crucifixion-Mocking Ad Posted by Tim Graham on April 13, 2006 - 11:55. CNSNews.com International Editor Patrick Goodenough reported Thursday on MTV's Jesus-mocking in Germany: Christians around the world prepare for Easter, magazine readers in Germany were confronted this week by full-page advertisements depicting Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns but descended from the cross, enjoying a television program. "Laughing rather than hanging around," (Lachen statt rumhaengen) reads the tagline of the ad, which has drawn strong protests in Germany, where two-thirds of the population identifies...
  • German SPD leader resigns, deputy takes over (Merkel´s "junior" partner)

    BERLIN, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), Matthias Platzeck, resigned Monday for health reasons after only five months in office, proposing that his deputy Kurt Beck replace him. "I overestimated my physical capabilities," said Platzeck at a news conference. He is also state premier of Brandenburg and party leader in that state. He was elected chairman of the SPD in November 2005 to replace Franz Muenterfering, who is the deputy chancellor and labor minister of the grand coalition government formed by his party and the Christian Democrats Union headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel....
  • U.S. secretary of state to meet Germany's Merkel (to discuss Iran)

    03/24/2006 8:06:39 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 8 replies · 244+ views
    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week in Berlin for talks likely to address Iran's nuclear program and an upcoming U.S. visit by the German leader, a spokesman said Friday. Rice will meet Merkel on Thursday at the chancellery, German government spokesman Thomas Steg said. She also will meet Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Germany, along with France and Britain, has been at the forefront of diplomatic efforts to address concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Steg said the issue could arise at next week's meeting with Rice, which comes as the U.N. Security Council...
  • Merkel warning on closed energy markets

    03/24/2006 7:59:08 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 9 replies · 253+ views
    FT ^ | March 23, 2006 | George Parker and Chris Smyth
    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, on Thursday issued a thinly veiled warning to France and Spain to open their energy markets, as a dispute over protectionism overshadowed the start of a European Union summit. Ms Merkel said that Europe needed continent-wide industrial champions, and that attempts by member states to ring-fence their national energy companies made nonsense of the EU’s single market. “We can only have an internal market when electricity flows freely and when we accept European champions and don’t just think nationally,” she said at the start of the two-day summit. Ms Merkel’s intervention came as the EU’s 25...
  • Germany, U.S. finish 1-2 in medal count (Torino Olympics)

    02/26/2006 12:49:02 PM PST · by Michael81Dus · 85 replies · 1,522+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | DAVID CRARY
    TORINO (AP) — Germany and the United States again won the most medals at a share-the-wealth Torino Olympics that featured more countries winning medals and more in double figures than ever before. Canada and Austria, among others, had their best all-time showing. Twenty-six countries — including first-time winners Slovakia and Latvia — earned at least one medal, up from a high of 24 in 1998 and 2002. And 11 countries won at least 10 medals — the previous mark was 10 countries at Nagano in 1998. (Related item: Medal count by country) The Germans and Americans repeated their one-two finish...
  • Iran Revolutionary Guards say Merkel thinks she is Hitler

    02/08/2006 5:45:41 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 24 replies · 575+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 02/08/2006
    Tehran, Iran, Feb. 08 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees herself as former German dictator Adolf Hitler. The IRGC’s spokesman, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told the Persian-language website Hemaseh, “The way Europe is dealing with the case of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program shows the weaknesses and uselessness of countries such as Britain, France, and Germany. This weakness is in particular clearly noticeable in speeches by newcomers such as the German Chancellor”. “Merkel in her childish dreams imagines herself as Hitler and therefore thinks that now that she is leaning against the...
  • German head to snub Hamas on visit (Merkel visiting Israel, PA)

    01/29/2006 4:55:36 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 13 replies · 402+ views
    Despite Hamas's landslide victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not meet Hamas representatives during her 24-hour visit to the region Sunday, a move welcomed by Israeli diplomatic officials. Merkel, scheduled to arrive Sunday for her first visit to the Middle East, is to go to Ramallah Monday afternoon but is only scheduled to meet there with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, a spokesman at the German embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed Saturday night. Merkel's spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told reporters in Berlin that "our partner in dialogue is not Hamas, but Mahmoud Abbas, the president...