Angela Merkel

  • German MP charged over child porn allegations 6 days ago

    Berlin: A German lawmaker who resigned earlier this year is now facing criminal charges for allegedly downloading child pornography onto his work computer, prosecutors said on Thursday. The prosecutor's office in the northern city of Hanover said that it had charged Sebastian Edathy, a former high-flying member of parliament known...
  • Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, David Beckham hugged Pele: Stars of politics, music, sports came together at World Cup final July 14, 2014

    Rio De Janerio: Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pele at the World Cup final on Sunday. Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen brought the trophy on the field before the game. Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the...
  • US spying allegations are serious, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel July 7, 2014

    Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ties with Washington, which have been...
  • Angela Merkel pledges support for Ukraine's development June 6, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko and pledged support for Ukraine's future development, media reported on Friday. Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Poroshenko, Merkel praised the "fair and free election" held at the last month in Ukraine, saying it was a "pan-Ukrainian poll" which was...
  • Manmohan Singh sends farewell letters to world leaders May 10, 2014

    New Delhi: As he prepares to demit office, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written farewell letters to leaders of various countries, including US President Barack Obama, former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Singh, who also wrote to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has generally conveyed his thanks to...
  • Obama calls Merkel to discuss Ukraine February 21, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the fast deteriorating situation in Ukraine, as both the European Union and America ramped up the pressure on the Ukrainian government. "They agreed that it is critical that the United States, Germany and the European Union continue...
  • Germany: Indian-origin ex-MP denies wrongdoing in pornography case February 17, 2014

    Berlin: Indian-origin former German lawmaker facing probe for allegedly possessing child pornography has denied any wrongdoing and said he intends to initiate legal proceedings against the state prosecutor's office for spreading "false information" and "unjustly harassing" him. Sebastian Edathy, 44, said that he received no warnings about an impending investigation...
  • Obama tells Merkel, Germans he will not wiretap January 19, 2014

    Berlin: US President Barack Obama told Germans and their leader on Saturday he would not let intelligence work damage relations, and differences of opinion between the two countries was no reason to wiretap. In a rare interview on German TV, Obama set out to mend ties frayed last year by media...
  • Angela Merkel suffers injury on ski holiday in Switzerland January 6, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a pelvis injury during a skiing holiday in Switzerland, putting her on the sidelines for the next three weeks. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday that the chancellor suffered what she first thought was just a bruise to her left rear pelvic area while cross-country...
  • Germany: Angela Merkel begins third term as chancellor December 18, 2013

    Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new government to formally take power after months of coalition talks. Her right-left government, which includes the rival Social Democrats (SPD), faces a host...
  • Angela Merkel to get 2013 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace November 19, 2013

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be awarded the coveted Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2013 with an international jury headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh choosing her. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust which said that the award was being given...
  • US monitored mails, phone calls in Netherlands, says Dutch minister October 31, 2013

    Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has revealed that he received a letter from the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US confirming the monitoring of mail and phone traffic in the Netherlands. After negative reactions from Spain, Germany and France, the Netherlands had so far kept...
  • Sonia Gandhi third most powerful woman in Forbes list October 31, 2013

    New York: The Forbes list of the world's most powerful people is out and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been ranked as the third most influential woman in the world. She is 21st on the overall list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff were the only women who...
  • US weighs end to spying on leaders: Sources October 29, 2013

    The Obama administration is considering to end spying on allied heads of state, a senior administration official said, as the White House grappled with the fallout from revelations that the US has eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The official said late Monday that a final decision had not been made...
  • US NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month, claims newspaper October 28, 2013

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said on Monday, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Spain's government has so far said it was not...
  • Germany demands apology from US over Merkel surveillance October 28, 2013

    German politicians have demanded an apology from US President Barack Obama over reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) was tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone for over a decade. "We will not allow ourselves to be treated by the Americans in this manner. Spying on friends and partners is completely...
  • Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010, says newspapers October 28, 2013

    A German newspaper said on Sunday that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. Germany received information this week that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had...
  • US says spy charges cause 'moment of tension' with allies October 26, 2013

    Washington: The United States said on Friday that allegations that US intelligence agencies tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others in France and Italy have "posed a moment of tension" with some allies and should not undermine cooperation on such issues as Syria and Iran. "There is...
  • NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders: Edward Snowden October 25, 2013

    London: In a new revelation, whistle-blower and ex-national Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has said the US intelligence agency monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders after the contacts were provided by an official in a US government department. The leaked document notes that one unnamed US official handed...
  • Manmohan calls up Angela Merkel, felicitates her on poll win September 26, 2013

    Frankfurt: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over phone and congratulated her on her election victory. Singh made the call from here where he is on an overnight halt on his way to the United States where he will meet President Barack Obama and address...
  • Victorious Angela Merkel ready for negotiations on coalition govt September 23, 2013

    Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she is open to negotiations with her centre-left rivals on forming a coalition government after her hat-trick victory in parliamentary elections, but fell short of absolute majority. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) finished...
  • Germany elections: Landslide victory for Angela Merkel, now faces tough coalition choices September 23, 2013

    Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany's general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government. Partial results put support for Merkel's conservative bloc on 42 percent,...
  • Angela Merkel emerges strongest force in Germany's election September 22, 2013

    Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives emerged by far the strongest force in Germany's election Sunday, but their center-right coalition partners risked being ejected from parliament, exit polls indicated. Exit polls for ARD and ZDF television put support for Merkel's conservative Union bloc at up to 42.5 per cent - a gain...
  • Key quotes from G20 summit September 7, 2013

    Following are key quotes from leaders at the close of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Russian President Vladimir Putin "We achieved a consensus on the need to pursue policies that support economic growth while confirming medium-term national fiscal consolidation strategies." "The situation in the global economy looks better now than it did...
  • Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens June 22, 2013

    St Petersburg: Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West on Friday against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included "terrorist" groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power vacuum. "If the United States ... recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition organizations,...
  • Death toll hits 10 in European flooding; 9 missing June 4, 2013

    Berlin: Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers Tuesday to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-soaked Danube and other southern rivers - reinforcements that came a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501. The death toll rose to at least 10, including seven...
  • Sonia, Nooyi among Forbes 10 powerful women globally May 23, 2013

    New York: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and India-born PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi figure among the top 10 in the global list of most powerful women compiled by Forbes magazine for 2013. Sonia Gandhi is ranked ninth while Nooyi is at the 10th place in the global list of world's 100...
  • India, Germany will step up pressure for UNSC seat April 15, 2013

    New Delhi/Berlin: India and Germany will jointly intensify efforts to gain permanent membership in an expanded United Nations Security Council as also for broader reform of the world organisation, top ministers of the two sides say. "Security Council reform was naturally one of our focus areas of discussions. We have decided...
  • Germany to provide $ 1.3 billion for renewable energy in India April 13, 2013

    Berlin: Germany will support building up of renewable energy in India by providing soft loans of up to 1 billion euros ($ 1.3 billion) for a six-year period starting in 2014. Germany's offer as part of its development cooperation with India was made in a "joint declaration of intent" signed by...
  • PM Mamohan Singh returns home after Germany visit April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Mamohan Singh on Friday returned home after his three-day visit to Germany during which key issues like India-EU FTA were discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel articulating the impediments in inking of the pact. Pitching for investments from Germany and other countries, Prime Minister Singh had...