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Merkel defends Germany’s gas pipeline deal with Russia against Ukrainian protests 

Irish Independent 23 Jul 2021
A current transit deal expires in 2024 ... Ms Merkel said yesterday she had secured Russian assurances that Moscow would not use the pipeline as a weapon but that Berlin was ready to react with sanctions if it did so. “After all, we are not without any tools to do something,” said Ms Merkel, adding she hoped sanctions against Moscow would not be needed.
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Amy Lai wins top PEN Canada prize

The Patriotic Vanguard 22 Jul 2021
Lai's critical reporting on China's crackdown on democratic freedoms in Hong Kong has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the South China Morning Post, and in the recently closed Apple Daily tabloid newspaper ... In a Globe and Mail Op-Ed, Ms ... Ms. Lai currently teaches freedom of expression, among other topics, at Freie Universitat in Berlin. .
photo: Creative Commons / Olaf Kosinsky
Angela Merkel visits the foundation stone for the new German Football Association headquarters
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Merkel worried by 'exponential growth' of virus cases

RTE 22 Jul 2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is concerned about Germany's rising Covid-19 infections, and urged Germans to get vaccinated. "The infection figures are rising again and with a clear and worrying dynamic," Ms Merkel told a press conference in Berlin ... is a small step towards a return to normality" ... .
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Germany wants Brits to quarantine on any EU holidays even if double vaccinated

Metro UK 28 Jun 2021
Ms Merkel is pushing to designate the UK as a ‘country of concern’ amid rising cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant, which has spread across the entire country ... Boris Johnson is set to attempt to persuade Ms Merkel to back down on Friday (Picture ... ‘A lot of countries will think it’s their own decision and not one to be decided in Berlin.’.
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Makeshift memorial honours missing in Florida building tragedy

Straits Times 27 Jun 2021
Now they are unforgettable," said Ms Olivia Ostrow, a French woman who has lived in Surfside for 20 years ... They are people just like us," Ms Ostrow said, her eyes filling with tears. Ms Gina Berlin, who has lived in the neighbourhood for nearly 30 years, said she came to the memorial to pray for the missing.
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EU plans extra €3bn for Turkey to manage refugees

The National 25 Jun 2021
Speaking after the summit, Ms von der Leyen welcomed an improvement in relations with Ankara after a stormy period last year ... But fears over the rise of the Delta variant prompted Ms Merkel to recommend tougher restrictions on countries such as Britain where the strain is spreading ... “We must do everything to prevent a fourth wave,” Ms Merkel said.
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Adriana Rivas: Pinochet-era suspect loses extradition appeal

BBC News 24 Jun 2021
Ms Rivas could still appeal against this decision ... Ms Rivas was a secretary for the infamous chief of Chile's secret police force, Manuel Contreras, from 1973 to 1976 ... Ms Orozco, who is Ms Rivas' niece, spent five years making a documentary about her aunt, which was screened at the 2017 Berlin film festival.
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Libya's first female foreign minister rallies international support for peace plans

The National 22 Jun 2021
Ms Mangoush will meet with global foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at a summit in Berlin to discuss resolving Libya’s political divisions ... Ahead of the meetings in Berlin on Wednesday, the EU fired off a ...
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Libya's first female foreign minister, Najla Mangoush, rallies international support for peace plans

The National 22 Jun 2021
Ms Mangoush will meet global statesmen including US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a summit in Berlin to discuss resolving Libya’s political divisions ... Before the meetings in Berlin on Wednesday, the EU fired off a warning that ...
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Germany’s AfD accused by former leader of selling out to moneyed elites

The Irish Times 18 Jun 2021
Earlier this week Ms Weidel lost a court case challenging a fine from Germany’s Bundestag over illegal donations made to her constituency office before the 2017 election ... In Requiem for the AfD, Ms Petry challenges her image in Berlin political circles as the sorcerer’s apprentice who unleashed postwar Germany’s most virulent extremist party.
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Merkel's G-7 excursion unsettled by Covid-19 outbreak at hotel

Straits Times 11 Jun 2021
The spokesman for Mr Boris Johnson, the hosting prime minister, told reporters that Ms Merkel is still expected ... "What concerns us is the so-called Delta variant, which is once again spreading in Britain very heavily," Ms Merkel said on Thursday after a meeting with German state leaders in Berlin.
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Denmark ‘must explain’ reports it helped US spy on Merkel

Irish Independent 01 Jun 2021
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and Ms Merkel, the German chancellor, said they expected both the American and Danish governments to offer explanations ... held via video conference between Paris and Berlin. Ms Merkel said she “could only agree” with Mr Macron’s comments.
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Germany bans travellers from UK, due to Indian coronavirus variant concerns

The National 22 May 2021
Ms Merkel also urged Germans to behave responsibly as large parts of the country relaxed more pandemic restrictions Friday ...We can be glad that [infection rates] have declined so far in recent days and in the last two weeks that we can think about opening steps,” Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin.
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Germany declares UK a 'virus variant region', amid concerns over Indian coronavirus strain

The National 22 May 2021
Ms Merkel also urged Germans to behave responsibly as large parts of the country relaxed more pandemic restrictions Friday ...We can be glad that (infection rates) have declined so far in recent days and in the last two weeks that we can think about opening steps,” Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin.
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Germany declares UK virus variant region amid concerns over Indian strain

The National 21 May 2021
Ms Merkel also urged Germans to behave responsibly as large parts of the country relaxed more pandemic restrictions Friday ...We can be glad that (infection rates) have declined so far in recent days and in the last two weeks that we can think about opening steps,” Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

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