About: Merkel

EU-China 05-09-2019

Merkel’s visit to China comes at a difficult time

The Hong Kong crisis and the backlash over the Chinese takeover of German companies could make Chancellor Angela Merkel's twelfth trip to China particularly delicate. EURACTIV's media partner der Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 22-09-2017

Macron’s strategy to enlist Germany’s help on EU reform

France wants to test the new German government by announcing plans for EU reform 48 hours after the German elections. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 16-02-2017

Trudeau to MEPs: Trade has to work for people

The day after MEPs approved CETA, the landmark EU-Canada trade deal, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday (16 February) that trade had to work for people who are struggling to make ends meets and raise their families.
Global Europe 28-10-2013

Fresh claims emerge in US-Germany spying row

Barack Obama knew his intelligence services were eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, according to a report published yesterday (27 October) by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, which claims the US president did not trust her handling of the eurozone crisis.
Elections 04-10-2013

Merkel starts ‘grand coalition’ talks

Angela Merkel holds preliminary talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) today (4 October) to sound out the scope for compromises to form a "grand coalition", marking the start of complicated horse-trading that could drag on into next year.
Elections 05-09-2013

Green is the new black

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s best bet for a stable third term could very well be a coalition with the Green Party, writes Kevin Lees.
Elections 02-09-2013

German elections TV duel produces no winner

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat challenger in this month's German election clashed over the euro, tax policy and US spying in a television debate yesterday (1 September) that produced no clear winner.
Global Europe 28-08-2013

Merkel and intervention in Syria: Damned either way

If Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel decides in favour of supporting the intervention in Syria, the German electorate is likely to punish her on September 22. But if she decides against joining the coalition of Western forces, Germany may soil its reputation with its Western allies, writes Judy Dempsy.
Elections 28-08-2013

Former German president faces corruption trial

Former German President Christian Wulff will go on trial in November on corruption charges, more than 18 months after the man once tipped as a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel resigned from the largely ceremonial role in disgrace.
Elections 15-08-2013

Merkel kicks off election campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her re-election campaign yesterday (14 August) by presenting herself to voters in this mediaeval town in the heart of Germany as a safe pair of hands who would steer the country through crisis and ensure continued prosperity.
Transport 13-08-2013

‘Foreigner toll’ makes waves in German election squabble

A political proposal to impose road tolls on foreign car drivers has become a feature of the German election campaign, but the European Commission made clear yesterday (12 August) that it would not accept any measure which amounts to discrimination on the ground of nationality. EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.
Elections 12-08-2013

Merkel accused of lying about the risk of third Greek bailout

German opposition parties accused Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (11 August) of lying before elections next month about the risks of a new bailout for Greece, after a magazine reported the Bundesbank expects it will need more European aid in early 2014.
Euro & Finance 01-07-2013

As EU grows to 28, Croatia’s economy remains stagnant

Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union today (1 July), a milestone capping the Adriatic republic's recovery from war but tinged with anxiety over its economy and the state of the bloc it joins.
Euro & Finance 17-05-2013

Merkel denies any rift with French leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not have a "bosom friendship" with her French counterpart, she said on Thursday, but her working relationship with François Hollande was strong and crucial for Europe.

Merkel faces party rebellion over gender quotas

Chancellor Angela Merkel could suffer an embarrassing defeat in the Bundestag on 18 April if members of her centre-right coalition break ranks and back an opposition bill requiring German companies to hire more women executives.
EU Priorities 2020 04-02-2013

Hollande: Conditions ‘not there yet’ for EU budget deal

President François Hollande said yesterday (3 February) that France was keen to agree the European Union's 2014-2020 budget at a summit in Brussels later this week, but there was still much work to be done.
Future EU 23-01-2013

Germany, France to table new proposals for the eurozone

Meeting on the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty sealing their post-war reconciliation, the leaders of Germany and France vowed yesterday (22 January) to bridge differences on the shape of Europe's currency union and unveil joint proposals on deeper integration within months.
Elections 02-01-2013

Europe’s leaders stress national politics in New Year greetings

French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made only brief references to the European Union in their New Year messages, with differing assessments of how successful attempts to overcome the eurozone crisis have been.
Elections 10-12-2012

SPD picks Steinbrück to run against Merkel

Germany's opposition Social Democrats (SPD) formally nominated former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück yesterday (9 December) as their candidate to run for chancellor against Angela Merkel in next September's election.
Brexit 07-11-2012

Cameron attacks ‘ludicrous’ EU budget plan

British Prime Minister David Cameron has attacked "ludicrous" European Union budget plans and played down hopes its leaders can reach a spending deal later this month, stepping up the rhetoric before talks in London with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Brexit 02-11-2012

Merkel raps Britain, France over threatened budget vetoes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (1 November) issued a veiled reprimand to Britain and France for threatening to veto a deal on the European Union's long-term budget, a day after British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his promise to use Britain's veto if necessary.

Angry Greeks mock Merkel’s ‘sympathies’

Tens of thousands of angry Greek protesters filled the streets of Athens yesterday (9 October) to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who offered sympathy but no promise of further aid.
Euro & Finance 02-10-2012

Germany tells Spain to hold off bailout request

Spain is ready to request a eurozone bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend but Germany has signalled that it should hold off, European officials said yesterday (1 October).
Elections 02-10-2012

Outspoken German politician hits back in Swiss tax dispute

Peer Steinbrück, the former Germany finance minister who is to run as the Social-Democrat (SPD) challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel next year, has demonstrated his tendency for plain speaking by calling Swiss bankers 'Indians' in a move that seems to set the tone for his electoral campaign.