Sigmar Gabriel

Germany and Poland put a friendly face on diplomatic tension

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and his new Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz have come out of their first meeting on friendly footing. But …

World News

Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies.<p>State secretaries from both countries met at …

Turkey

European countries step up Iran pressure in face of Trump threat

European countries have stepped up pressure over Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its role in regional conflicts as they struggle to respond to …

Iran

Embattled Schulz tries to sell coalition deal to sceptical SPD

Germany’s oldest party riven over whether to back talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives<p>Leading Social Democrats in Germany are engaged in a fierce battle of wills ahead of a crunch vote on Sunday over whether to endorse in-depth coalition negotiations with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.<p>The party …

Germany

PLO: US withholding aid to Palestinian refugees is ‘cruelty’

A Palestinian woman rides in a car after collecting aid provided by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNWRA, in Gaza City on January 17, 2018. …

Israel

Germany: War Reparations to Poland Resolved but Debate OK

Germany's foreign minister suggested Wednesday an experts group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland's nationalist leaders that …

Germany

A Greek spring

It’s a Grexit with a difference. 2018 should be the year Greece ends eight years of economic tutelage, closing a chapter on an extraordinary period …

Greece

German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel

Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela …

Germany

January 18, 2018: The facts are on our side

Letters. (photo credit: REUTERS)<p><b>The facts are on our side</b><p>Further to the ongoing arguments with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his …

Israel

The West has ushered in a world order it does not like

In spite of giving the world the currency it needs and making a net contribution to the global economy of 10 trillion dollars over the 27 years since …

Economics

Johnson fears 'waste of time' watered-down Brexit - report

LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign minister Boris Johnson has told friends he is worried that Britain will accept a Brexit deal that leaves it subordinate to Brussels, making the 2016 EU referendum a “total waste of time”, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday.<p>Johnson, one of the most senior pro-Brexit …

Brexit

Migration Policy Threatens to Collapse Germany's Coalition Talks

Resistance is growing in the ranks of Germany's Social Democrats against forming another "grand coalition" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian …

Germany

Trump's Policy Should Focus on Iran's People

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, like others in Western Europe, is worried once again that President Donald Trump will blow up the Iran …

Iran

Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

ISTANBUL (AFP) -<p>After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara's drive for full membership, analysts say.<p>Ties between Turkey and the EU reached a low point …

Brexit

Did a German diplomat's comment about Israeli 'apartheid' cross a line?

“If one speaks of Israel as an apartheid state, then that objectively crosses a line; for that, I have no understanding,” Central Council of Jews in …

Israel

Prospect of new 'grand coalition' threatens to split Germany's SPD

A coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives? No thanks! That's how the regional SPD conference in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt voted, …

World News

January 14, 2018: Drive-by shooting in Samaria

Our readers weigh in.<p>Letters. (photo credit: REUTERS)<p><b>Drive-by shooting in Samaria</b><p>How typical of the press to spotlight the “cries of ‘Vengeance!’” …

Israel

Some Jews aren’t welcome in the ‘Jewish state’

When he wrote his book <i>The Jewish State</i> in 1896, could Theodor Herzl have imagined that his ‘promised land’ would begin to deport some Jews or ban …

B'Tselem

Iranian cleric's Germany stay triggers heated social media debate

An Iranian ayatollah who was responsible for overseeing hundreds of death sentences received medical treatment in Germany in recent days. The case …

Business

Merkel is Europe’s ‘only real leader,’ says Turkish minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the “only real leader in Europe” in recent years, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.<p>“I …

Turkey

EU Defends Iran Nuclear Pact, Stays Silent on Deadly Clampdown

European governments refrained from explicitly condemning a deadly clampdown on protests in Iran and instead offered a staunch defense of the …

Iran

Germany permits Iranian regime mass murderer to flee the country

Iranian dissidents protest at Hamburg airport.<p>Mahmoud Shahroudi in 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)<p>Iranian cleric Mahmoud Hashemi …

Iran

German-US relations after a year of Trump: what has changed?

Politicians in Germany generally keep quiet on the domestic politics of other states. But as Trump’s run for public office became ever more serious, …

Germany

Germany orders Iran: Stop spying on Israel

Germany has summoned Iran’s ambassador to warn Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, calling such acts an …

Terrorism

Do improved ties with France, Germany signal end to Turkey’s EU bid?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to France on Jan. 5 and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s visit to Germany a day later point to a new page …

Turkey

European leaders and Erdoğan’s charm offensive

Click for full view<p>Read Next<p>Mafia arrests in Italy, Germany Jan 10, 2018<p>Half as many migrants landed in Europe in 2017 as 2016: IOM Jan 10, …

European News

US and Europe drifting apart over Middle East strategies

Ever since Donald Trump was elected to office little more than a year ago, relations across the Atlantic have been, at best, tense. While British …

Geopolitics

EUROPE: GERMANS DEBATE HOW TO COMBAT 'IMPORTED ANTI-SEMITISM'

10 January 2018TOM HENEGAN<p><b>RNS</b><p><b>Germany is rethinking its approach to combating anti-Semitism after a protest against US President Donald Trump’s</b> …

Israel

Agreement at the top but not the base: SPD's regional vote suggests grand coalition is not secure

Click for full view<p>A handout picture released by German TV broadcaster WDR shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) of the Christian Democratic …

European News

A lot is riding on Merkel’s final shot at creating a coalition government in Germany

Failure to do so will have ripple effects in the European Union and across the Atlantic.<p>“One is to carry on with a minority government, which would …

Liberal View