May 15, 2012 |
PARIS - France's new president, Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opposing ideas of how to solve Europe's crippling public debt crisis - she austerity, he spending and growth - so a clash was in the cards Tuesday. Instead, Hollande's welcome to Berlin just hours after he took office was brisk but warm, even if he was late for dinner. Hollande - whose initial flight to Berlin was hit by lightning, causing him to briefly return to an air base outside Paris to switch planes - and Merkel met for an hour before dining together.
November 16, 2012 |
Batting back criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the imprisonment of Pussy Riot band members, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Friday that one of the punk performers had “strung up the effigy of a Jew,” Russian state media reported. While attending a Moscow business forum, Merkel had raised concerns about the two-year sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” handed down to two band members after they staged a “punk prayer” against Putin in a Moscow cathedral.
November 3, 2009 |
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fresh from being sworn in for her second term, met with President Obama at the White House this morning to discuss global warming and Afghanistan before she heads to Congress where she will be the first German leader to address a joint session. "I am thrilled to have Chancellor Merkel here today," Obama said this morning. "I want to congratulate her again for her victory in her recent election, the formation of a government." Merkel visit comes as American voters head to the polls to decide a handful of important off-year elections.
November 10, 2010 |
Tensions between the United States and some of its major trading partners sharpened Tuesday on the eve of a summit of the world's biggest economies, raising fear that the meeting may collapse in rancor and set back a global economic recovery. Washington's plan to pump $600 billion into the U.S. economy by buying Treasury bonds in an attempt to stimulate recovery has met with sharp criticism before the Group of 20 summit this week in Seoul, which President Obama and other world leaders are expected to attend.
June 7, 2011 |
President Obama hosted a state dinner Tuesday for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, using his first lady’s favorite real estate -- the Rose Garden -- for the soiree. About 206 guests, long on German heritage but short on Hollywood glitz, gathered on a balmy late-spring night for the outdoor party. Obama presented Merkel with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president may bestow. First-rate American fare, including food, wines and performer James Taylor, was showcased.
November 13, 2012 |
PARIS - French President Francois Hollande attempted to halt his diving popularity by portraying himself Tuesday as a man on a mission to combat France's lack of competitiveness, halt soaring unemployment and slash public spending. He also announced that France would be the first Western power to recognize the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. He said the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces would be a “future government of a democratic Syria ... allowing it to bring an end to the regime of [President]
August 16, 2011 |
Under pressure to show a unified approach to the crisis facing Europe's economies, the leaders of France and Germany met Tuesday and proposed forming a "real economic government" over the 17 countries that share the euro currency. The proposal of closer cooperation on economic matters was designed to show the resolve of the continent's two biggest economies to defend the euro against financial markets that for months have questioned the solvency of some member countries. At the hastily convened summit in Paris, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy also pledged to harmonize fiscal policies between their nations, and called on Eurozone members to enshrine their treaty pledges on deficit and debt limits in binding constitutional law. But the leaders stopped short of taking the step that an increasing number of observers see as essential to protecting the euro: issuing Europe-wide bonds that might stop the speculation on the bonds of the weakest members.
April 3, 2009 |
If there's one thing that British tabloids disdain more than the French, it's the Germans. So when the leaders of France and Germany banded together this week to offer their kinder, gentler alternative to Anglo-American capitalism, lips smacked audibly here at the prospect of 2-for-1 night at the Euro-bash buffet. They may have refrained from the open name-calling of years past, but the tabloids took aim nonetheless at French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
October 9, 2012 |
Did you see that German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a nice trip south Tuesday to Greece? Went really well; 30,000 or so Greeks turned out to greet her. OK, well, "greet" might not be the right word. The Greeks can be fun-loving and laid back, but not when it comes to the leader whom, as The Times reported , “they blame for pushing Greece down the road to economic ruin through her relentless emphasis on austerity in exchange for emergency aid.” So it was kind of like President Obama going to a tea party rally.
May 23, 2012 |
BERLIN - If it seems to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the world is against her, she may be right. Her insistence that debt-ridden European nations cut their way out of financial crises helped cost her conservative political party two state elections this month, exposed her to criticism as an inflexible taskmaster across the Eurozone and unleashed a torrent of anti-austerity venting that has toppled like-thinking national and regional leaders...