Merkel: End smuggling and slavery, create legal migration chances for Africans

ABIDJAN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of ending smuggling and slavery while creating a legal route for Africans to come to Europe as she faces pressure at home to tackle a migrant influx. Speaking at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan, Merkel, is seeking to show Germany can take foreign policy action despite still being under a caretaker government two months after an election. The influx of more than a million…

"Merkel: End smuggling and slavery, create legal migration chances for Africans"

German minister’s vote on weed-killer should not happen again: Merkel

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said she regretted a conservative minister’s vote in favor of an EU proposal to extend the use of a weed-killer against the wishes of a cabinet colleague, adding such incident should not happen again. “As for the vote of the agriculture ministry yesterday on glyphosate, this did not comply with the instructions worked out by the federal government,” Merkel said. “I expect that such an incident will…

"German minister’s vote on weed-killer should not happen again: Merkel"

Merkel heads to EU-Africa summit with eye on migrant issue at home

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will focus on expanding business ties and trying to regulate migration with Africa during an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan this week, as she comes under pressure at home to make progress faster on both fronts. Merkel is taking a break from her more than month-long drive to form a new government to attend the summit, keen to demonstrate Germany’s continued ability to act on the foreign policy front, and…

"Merkel heads to EU-Africa summit with eye on migrant issue at home"

Climate measures agreed in Paris not enough – Merkel

BONN, Germany – A global climate agreement signed last year and that the United States plans to quit was only a start and more steps are needed to fight global warming, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. “We know that the Paris Agreement is a start,” Merkel said in a speech in the German city of Bonn where almost 200 countries are seeking to bolster the global climate accord. “We also know that under…

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Merkel tries to bridge climate gap as coalition talks heat up

BERLIN – Germany should lead the fight against climate change and cut emissions without destroying jobs, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, treading a fine line as she tries to clinch a coalition deal with environmentalist and pro-business parties. Merkel’s comments, made in her weekly podcast in the midst of 200-nation talks on limiting global warming in Bonn, show the dilemma of the center-right leader in tricky coalition negotiations to form the next government. Merkel’s…

"Merkel tries to bridge climate gap as coalition talks heat up"