BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel promised
on Thursday to protect Jews and Muslims living in Germany from
prejudice, saying vibrant democracy was the best way to combat
the sort of extremist violence that shook France last week.
Merkel, a staunch ally of Israel and defender of Germany’s
renascent Jewish community, has responded with unusual vigour to
the growth of a grassroots, anti-Islam movement in Germany and
the attacks by Islamic radicals in Paris that killed 17 people.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A day after anti-Islam protesters marched in record numbers in Dresden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government would do everything in its power to fight intolerance, calling discrimination based on religious faith “humanly reprehensible”.
Roughly 25,000 demonstrators, some carrying mocking posters of Merkel in a headscarf, marched in Dresden on Monday, to demand stricter immigration rules and an end to multiculturalism in Germany, home to 4 million Muslims, most of Turkish origin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces challenges from allies and rivals to confront a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment driving increasingly popular anti-Islam marches in the city of Dresden every Monday.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces challenges from allies and rivals to confront a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment driving increasingly popular anti-Islam marches in the city of Dresden every Monday.
With thousands expected at the next march, Merkel is in a dilemma. Her security officials are warning of an increase in hate crimes, while opinion polls show support for the marchers’ calls for a tougher German immigration policy.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned a series of anti-Muslim demonstrations centered on the eastern city of Dresden, saying via an aide on Friday that there was “no place in Germany” for hatred of Muslims or any other religious or racial group.
“In the name of the government and the chancellor I can say quite clearly that there is no place in Germany for religious hatred, no matter which religion people belong to,” said the chancellor’s spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz.
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s conservatives confirmed Angela Merkel as party leader on Tuesday for the eighth time, giving her overwhelming support to fend off a growing challenge from the left and fuelling talk that she will seek a fourth term as chancellor.
With her approval ratings undiminished after nine years in office, the hyperbole attached to Merkel has escalated and her finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, went as far as to compare her with Napoleon Bonaparte this weekend.
BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A boom in the number of older
Europeans could spell big business for companies that cater to
their changing needs – if they can tackle taboos and overcome
outdated views of what “old age” looks like.
One in three Europeans will be 65 or over by 2060. They are
not just living longer, but are also staying active and
independent, only to find a dearth of products to fit their
BERLIN (Reuters) – The metallic clank and screech of cult German industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten’s homemade instruments are chillingly appropriate for “Lament”, their idiosyncratic performance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
Since bursting onto the Berlin punk scene in the early 1980s blending guitar feedback, road drills and lumps of metal, the band — whose name means “collapsing new buildings” — has become increasingly highbrow, winning a five-star review for the album of “Lament” in Britain’s Financial Times.
Germany’s foreign minister said at an international conference on anti-Semitism that “hatred of Jews” was on the rise once more in his country and across Europe, fuelled by spiralling violence in the Middle East.
BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) – Several European governments believe Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is flouting EU values by drifting into the Kremlin’s orbit but are unsure how to respond.
At a time when most EU states are isolating Moscow and turning their thoughts to stiffer sanctions as Ukraine’s ceasefire crumbles, Orban has alarmed many of his peers by establishing closer ties with Russia.