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Merkel backs Spain economy minister to lead Eurogroup (ex Lehman Brothers)

By , August 25, 2014 7:35 pm

Merkel backs Spain economy minister to lead Eurogroup (ex Lehman Brothers)
By: rte.ie on: 25.08.2014 [15:21 ] (89 reads)

Merkel backs Spain economy minister to lead Eurogroup

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Monday 25 August 2014 12.38
Angela Merkel praised Luis De Guindos’ handling of the Spanish crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her backing to Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos, in his bid to lead the Eurogroup forum of euro zone finance ministers.

The German leader’s support could be crucial in landing him the job, a testament to Spain’s changed fortunes two-and-a-half years since the nation was fighting off the threat of an all-out financial and economic bailout.

Now, the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy is being touted by some as an example of fiscal restraint and economic reform, despite suffering an unemployment rate of more than 24%.

Angela Merkel praised Luis De Guindos’ handling of the Spanish crisis as she supported his candidacy in the run-up to a European Union summit on Saturday in Brussels, where top jobs in the 28-nation bloc for the next five years will be decided.

“We will support Luis de Guindos’ candidacy,” she told a news conference at the end of at two-day visit to the north western Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, birthplace of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“Luis de Guindos was an excellent economy minister in Spain in difficult times,” Merkel said during a joint appearance with Rajoy, according to a Spanish translation of her remarks.

Germany’s Finance Minister, Wolfgang Shaeuble, had worked closely with De Guindos to create a new eurozone “banking union” giving the European Central Bank direct supervision of the bloc’s largest banks, she said.

Spain had campaigned for a banking union after being saddled with the bill for a rescue of its bad loan-ridden banking sector in 2012.

The impending collapse of the Bankia group and the broader banking system forced Madrid to take a €41 billion rescue loan from the eurozone but the loan also pushed up Spain’s accumulated sovereign debt.

Mr De Guindos can claim to have overseen an improvement in Spain’s economy, which emerged in mid-2013 from a double-dip recession sparked by a 2008 property crash, and is now enjoying a gradual pickup in activity.

Angela Merkel arrived in Spain on Sunday and walked along a six-kilometre stretch of the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela with Rajoy in a highly symbolic show of unity with Spain and its arduous, austerity-driven path to economic recovery.

Keywords:angela merkel, eurogroup, luis de guindos

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Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable

By , August 23, 2014 9:20 pm

Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable
By: RT on: 23.08.2014 [10:00 ] (173 reads)

Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable

Published time: August 22, 2014 17:51
Edited time: August 23, 2014 03:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev)

Conflict, Germany, Health, Human rights, Merkel, Politics, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Violence
Further delays in the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, which is facing a humanitarian disaster, would have been unacceptable, President Vladimir Putin has said in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Given the obvious protractions by Kiev on the issue of the delivery of Russian aid to southeast regions of Ukraine, which are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe, a decision was made on sending the convoy. Further delaying it would have been unacceptable,” Putin told Merkel on Friday, the Kremlin’s press service reported.

READ ALSO: Trucks with Russian aid reach Lugansk, E. Ukraine

The Russian and German leaders also discussed possible steps to stop the fighting between the warring sides in Ukraine as soon as possible, and to establish a political dialogue.

Merkel and Putin voiced “serious concern” over the escalation of Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which is leading to new casualties among civilians, the press service said.

The phone call was initiated by Germany on the eve of Merkel’s visit to Kiev on August 23.

Meanwhile, all the trucks in the Russian aid convoy have arrived in Lugansk and are currently being unloaded, the city administration confirmed to the media.

Later, a specially formed commission will distribute essential supplies of food, medicine and water among the population. Part of the Russian humanitarian aid may be send to the neighboring Donetsk region, which has also been heavily hit by the ongoing violence.

http://rt.com/news/182224-putin-merkel-aid-ukraine/

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German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Kyiv for crisis talks

By , August 23, 2014 6:36 pm

German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Kyiv for crisis talks
By: dw.de on: 23.08.2014 [10:16 ] (124 reads)

German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Kyiv for crisis talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Kyiv for talks with her Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko. Meanwhile, the first trucks from a controversial Russian aid convoy are said to be returning home.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Saturday for a trip of only a few hours, during which she will hold talks with her Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, on the crisis in east Ukraine.

She is also expected to meet with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and mayors from across the country, including the Donetsk region, where a pro-Moscow insurgency is raging.

It is only the second visit by Merkel to Kyiv, and her first since the insurgency.

At the talks, she is expected to reaffirm her solidarity with the government in Kyiv and Germany’s commitment to finding a political solution to the conflict with Russia.

Germany has so far been spearheading efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, with Berlin hosting talks last Sunday between the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. Merkel has also consistently sought dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and UkrainianPresident Petro Poroshenko, both personally and in frequent phone calls.

The Ukrainian President has also visited Berlin twice, both before and after coming to power following the May elections.

The Chancellor’s visit comes on the eve of Ukrainian Independence Day, giving it added symbolic significance.

Western pressure

Merkel has regularly put pressure on Putin to use his influence on the separatists to bring about an end to more than four months of fighting, during which the rebels have taken over considerable amounts of territory in the east, declaring some regions as “people’s republics.”

Germany has also been a major force behind the imposition of economic sanctions on Moscow, which many in the West suspect of supplying the rebels with weapons.

However, Merkel is also expected to urge Poroshenko to moderate military operations against the separatists.

More than 2,000 people have died in fighting, according to United Nations’ figures.

Convoy returns

The chancellor’s visit comes a day after Russia drove an aid convoy into eastern Ukraine, prompting Ukrainian accusations of a direct invasion.

A number of the 260 vehicles from the convoy are now returning to Russia, according to media reports.

Ukraine and Western countries said they suspected that the convoy could be used by Russia to smuggle supplies and reinforcements for rebel fighters.

Both Merkel and US President Barack Obama condemned Russia’s actions in sending the convoy into Ukraine without governmental permission.

Russia has dismissed such allegations as absurd, and insisted that the convoy was carrying solely humanitarian aid for civilians affected by the fighting.

‘Federal Ukraine only solution’

Merkel’s vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, has meanwhile told a German newspaper that a federal Ukraine would be the only way to put an end to the conflict.

In an interview to appear on Sunday in the weekly Welt am Sonntag, Gabriel said federalism was “the only viable path.”

“The territorial interity of Ukraine cannot be preserved unless a proposition is made to the majority Russian-speaking regions,” he said.

tj/ksb (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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Merkel and Obama condemn Russian convoys in Ukraine

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Lithuanian diplomat ‘murdered in eastern Ukraine’

Lithiuania’s honorary consul in eastern Ukraine has been murdered by rebels, according to the country’s foreign minister. The diplomat was said to have been kidnapped and “brutally killed” by pro-Russian terrorists. (22.08.2014)

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘invasion’

Dozens of trucks from a Russian aid convoy have crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, without Kyiv’s permission. Ukrainian authorities have labeled the move an “invasion” and a “well-planned dangerous provocation.” (22.08.2014)

German exports to Russia take a dive amid Ukraine conflict

German shipments to Russia have plunged sharply as the standoff between the West and Moscow over Ukraine drags on. The latest figures revealed that producers of car parts and machinery were hit particularly hard. (20.08.2014)

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Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

By , August 18, 2014 9:36 pm

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel
By: Press TV on: 18.08.2014 [19:27 ] (108 reads)

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:17PM GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that sanctions imposed on Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine must continue.

Speaking in the Latvian capital, Riga, after talks with the Baltic state’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, the 60-year-old politician said measures against Russia must be reinforced to show how serious the West is about the crisis in Ukraine.

“If we sit still and allow the situation to escalate, that would not be a desired situation,” she commented.

On Monday, many people were killed in rocket and mortar attacks on vehicles transporting refugees from Ukraine’s eastern region of Lugansk.

Ukraine’s National Security Council said a refugee convoy travelling between the towns of Khryashchuvate and Novosvitlivka was hit by rockets which it said were fired by pro-Russia forces.

Pro-Russia forces rejected any role in the attacks, saying Ukraine’s forces attacked the convoy.

Ukraine’s eastern regions have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations there in mid-April.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of arming pro-Russia forces in the east, an allegation Moscow has denied.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that no progress has been made during talks in Germany over the establishment of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the start of peace negotiations between warring parties.

The unrest in eastern Ukraine has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, according to figures by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

By , August 18, 2014 9:36 pm

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel
By: Press TV on: 18.08.2014 [19:27 ] (107 reads)

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:17PM GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that sanctions imposed on Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine must continue.

Speaking in the Latvian capital, Riga, after talks with the Baltic state’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, the 60-year-old politician said measures against Russia must be reinforced to show how serious the West is about the crisis in Ukraine.

“If we sit still and allow the situation to escalate, that would not be a desired situation,” she commented.

On Monday, many people were killed in rocket and mortar attacks on vehicles transporting refugees from Ukraine’s eastern region of Lugansk.

Ukraine’s National Security Council said a refugee convoy travelling between the towns of Khryashchuvate and Novosvitlivka was hit by rockets which it said were fired by pro-Russia forces.

Pro-Russia forces rejected any role in the attacks, saying Ukraine’s forces attacked the convoy.

Ukraine’s eastern regions have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations there in mid-April.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of arming pro-Russia forces in the east, an allegation Moscow has denied.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that no progress has been made during talks in Germany over the establishment of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the start of peace negotiations between warring parties.

The unrest in eastern Ukraine has so far claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people, according to figures by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Merkel Wants to Continue Ukraine Talks With Putin Despite Sanctions

By , August 13, 2014 7:09 pm

Merkel Wants to Continue Ukraine Talks With Putin Despite Sanctions
By: Ria Novosti on: 13.08.2014 [18:04 ] (121 reads)

Merkel Wants to Continue Ukraine Talks With Putin Despite Sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to continue the talks on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis with Vladimir Putin despite the sanctions imposed on Moscow
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10:58 13/08/2014

MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel intends to continue the talks on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite the sanctions imposed on Moscow, Germany’s Deutsche Welle reported Wednesday, citing local media.

“I’m trying not to lose track of the dialogue with the Russian president, despite the sanctions,” Merkel told German-language newspaper Saechsische Zeitung. The chancellor stressed that she had always been an advocate of meaningful cooperation and was going to continue sticking to this approach.

Additionally, Merkel said she does not recognize Russia’s policy toward Ukraine. “The compliance of the states’ territorial integrity and the impossibility of changing the border lines unilaterally is the key European accord,” Merkel claimed, noting that Crimea’s reunification with Russia breaches this principle.

The chancellor believes Ukraine must have an opportunity to make decisions concerning its constitution, politics and the degree of its eastern regions’ autonomy freely. “Russia must admit it,” Merkel concluded.

Moscow said the Crimean referendum was fully compliant with international law and as such must be recognized as legitimate.

The United States, the European Union and their allies have introduced several rounds of targeted sanctions against Russian companies and individuals since Crimea’s reunification with Russia in March. In a more recent incident in July, the United States and the European Union introduced sectoral sanctions targeting Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors.

Last week, Russia responded by introducing a one-year ban on agricultural and food product imports from the countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis, namely the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.

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German government spokesman: Merkel and Putin may meet on sidelines of World Cup Final

By , July 11, 2014 11:09 am

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Merkel: Pressure the Iraqi government to form an inclusive government

By , June 26, 2014 11:50 am

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Pro-Russians protest at Merkel meeting in Berlin

By , May 15, 2014 1:09 pm

Pro-Russians protest at Merkel meeting in Berlin
By: Press TV on: 15.05.2014 [16:40 ] (63 reads)

Pro-Russians protest at Merkel meeting in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Thu May 15, 2014 3:41PM GMT

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Pro-Russia protesters have disrupted a public meeting held by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, calling for the arrest of Ukraine’s “Nazis.”

On Wednesday, around a hundred protesters booed Merkel while brandishing placards with slogans such as “Arrest the Nazis in Ukraine” and “No war against Russia.”

The protesters were wearing caps decorated with Russia’s two-headed eagle emblem.

The German chancellor’s public meeting was organized by her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party ahead of this month’s upcoming EU elections.

On April 19, thousands of German people took to the streets to protest against the country’s warmongering policies in annual traditional rallies known as the Easter (or Aldermaston) marches.

The protesters were shouting slogans such as, “We are against war,” the protesters in the capital, Berlin, also slammed NATO’s troop deployments in Europe.

On April 26, clashes erupted between German police and more than 2,000 anti-Nazi protesters in Berlin’s Kreuzberg. The protesters were trying to stop a small march by supporters of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) in the city’s western neighborhood.

Relations between Western powers and Moscow became tense after the Crimean territory declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum on March 16, in which almost 97 percent of the participants voted for rejoining Russia, with a turnout of over 83 percent.

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Germany’s Merkel speaks for business contacts with Russia despite Crimea situation

By , March 28, 2014 11:24 am

Germany’s Merkel speaks for business contacts with Russia despite Crimea situation
By: Voice of Russia on: 28.03.2014 [17:10 ] (14 reads)

28 March 2014, 19:59

Germany’s Merkel speaks for business contacts with Russia despite Crimea situation

Photo: EPA

Germany’s chancellier has emphasised the need to develop relations with Russian companies despite the country’s position on Crimea.

“Angela Merkel would like economic contacts to continue in future,” the German government’s spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz said on Friday.

Investments should be made under reliable framework conditions, she said.

Earlier reports said the head of Germany’s state railway Ruediger Grube was planning to visit Russia in the middle of April.

Grube has regular meetings with the Russian Railways leadership, the German company says.

Voice of Russia, TASS
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