BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under intense pressure for her handling of the refugee crisis on Wednesday, with her Bavarian allies warning of a full-blown coalition crisis unless she takes immediate action to limit a record influx of migrants.
The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have been outspoken in their criticism of her “open doors” policy towards asylum seekers, in part because their home state of Bavaria is the entry point for virtually all of the migrants arriving in Germany.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany toughened its rhetoric on Wednesday in response to an accelerating influx of asylum seekers, pledging to step up deportations of migrants and accusing its neighbor Austria of trying to push refugees over their common border after dark.
The sharper tone from Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came as a new poll showed support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives slumping to a three-year low over her handling of the refugee crisis.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew criticism on Monday for embracing Turkey to enlist its support in the refugee crisis.
Berlin’s leftist and Green opposition accused her of meddling in a Turkish election campaign while her conservative Bavarian allies warned against any attempt to revive Ankara’s stalled EU membership bid.
BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) – German exports plunged in August
by their largest amount since the height of the global financial
crisis and leading institutes cut 2015 growth forecasts in the
latest sign that an emerging market slowdown is hurting Europe’s
The institutes stuck to their forecast for 1.8 percent
growth next year, however, saying private consumption, boosted
by low unemployment, strong wage gains and a positive impact
from refugees, would offset the weaker export momentum.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel installed one of her most trusted allies on Wednesday to oversee her government’s handling of the refugee crisis as a new poll showed support for her conservatives slipping to a four-month low.
The decision to give her chief of staff Peter Altmaier responsibility for political coordination of the crisis comes as reports of violent clashes at refugee shelters and of overburdened local communities deepen the scepticism of ordinary Germans towards the influx.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel learned early in her political career that taking on the German car industry carries risks.
It was the spring of 1995 and the newly appointed environment minister was trying to convince her cabinet colleagues to back a bold new set of anti-smog rules that included tougher speed limits and summer driving bans.
BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel learned early in
her political career that taking on the German car industry
It was the spring of 1995 and the newly appointed
environment minister was trying to convince her cabinet
colleagues to back a bold new set of anti-smog rules that
included tougher speed limits and summer driving bans.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A few years ago, Thomas de Maiziere was seen as a leading candidate to succeed Angela Merkel one day. What he lacked in charisma, he made up for in competence and reliability, the same traits that had vaulted his boss into the German chancellery.
Now the 61-year-old interior minister, a stern protestant who earned the nickname “paper-clip” for poring over documents during a stint as defense minister, looks like damaged goods, accused of botching Berlin’s response to the refugee crisis.
MUNICH, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s decision to restore
border controls to stem a tide of refugees may have stunned
Europe, but it is being cheered in Munich as it gears up for a
far bigger influx of 6 million beer-swigging visitors to the
The annual festival, known here as the “Wiesn” because it is
held on the Theresienwiese, an open space near the city centre,
is a fun-loving celebration where 7.5 million litres of brew are
consumed over a two-week period by locals and tourists alike,
many decked out in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.
BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) – Germany temporarily introduced border controls on Sunday in a bid to stem the flow of thousands of refugees arriving every day as senior ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said the crisis was pushing Germany to its limits.
Europe’s largest and richest economy has been a magnet for many people fleeing war and poverty in Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. Police said around 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich alone on Saturday, and around another 4,500 had arrived already on Sunday.