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Germany fears Donald Trump will divide Europe

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juli 2017

Date: 13-07-2017
Source: The Economist
Angela Merkel is troubled by the president’s chumminess with Putin and Poland

IN THE aftermath of the G20 summit on July 7th and 8th, German politicians traded blows over who was at fault for riots by anti-globalisation activists that smashed up parts of central Hamburg. But a big global event in the heart of a city with a strong anarchist tradition was always bound to prompt protests. Officials’ deeper reasons for anxiety were different: Donald Trump and his attitudes towards Russia and Poland.

To some in Berlin, the president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was a “Yalta 2.0”, a 21st-century equivalent of the summit in 1945 at which Americans and Russians divided Europe. Angela Merkel saw Mr Trump’s “back-slapping and face-pulling” display before the Russian president (as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a daily, put it) as undermining her efforts to confront Russia over Ukraine. An internal memo by the German foreign ministry summarising the G20 noted: “The summit went very well for Russia…As long as the US breaks rank, Russia can swim in the mainstream.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The G20’s Harmony Without Trump

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juli 2017

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France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juli 2017

Date: 11-07-2017
Source: SPIEGEL

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron talk about their relationship, it’s easy to get the impression that they are a pair of lovers. „There’s a bit of magic in every new beginning,“ warbled the German chancellor during Macron’s visit to Berlin. The French president, for his part, wasn’t at a loss for ardor when he went before the press with Merkel at the end of the last EU summit. „When France and Germany speak with one voice, Europe makes headway,“ he gushed.

It’s hardly surprising that Brussels no longer speaks of two people when the pair comes up in conversation. „Mercron“ or „Emmangela“ is how the two are now referred to in the European Union capital, names that reflect the hope that Merkel and Macron, the German chancellor and French president, will re-start the German-French EU motor and finally bring the bloc forward. And the current situation is propitious: The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the ongoing political disaster unfolding in Britain has recently reminded many Europeans of just how important the EU really is. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Unsere Zukunft ist Improvisation

Posted by hkarner - 10. Juli 2017

Date: 09-07-2017
Source: Die Zeit

Der Gipfel zeigte: England und die USA sind destabilisiert und mit sich selbst beschäftigt. Angela Merkel füllt die Rolle der neuen Führerin der freien Welt nicht aus.

Es gibt dieses Bild vom Beginn des G20-Gipfels: Angela Merkel vor einer hellblauen Wand, auf der die Umrisse der Kontinente abgebildet sind. Die Kanzlerin hat die Hände zur Raute gefaltet, den Blick nach rechts gerichtet. Sie wartet auf die Staatsgäste, die jeden Augenblick ankommen können.

Es ist ein Bild, das zu der Rolle passt, die der deutschen Kanzlerin derzeit zugeschrieben wird: Angela Merkel, die neue Führerin der freien Welt. An diesem Wochenende aber ist klar geworden, dass Merkel diese Rolle nicht ausfüllen kann. Was sich vielmehr abzeichnet, ist eine Weltordnung ohne Führungsnation, dafür aber mit wechselnden Allianzen, die die Linien der internationalen Politik bestimmen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany is not the new leader of the free world

Posted by hkarner - 8. Juli 2017

Date: 06-07-2017
Source: The Economist

Angela Merkel may sound tough on Donald Trump, but her country still depends on America

IF HELMUT KOHL, the deceased chancellor whom Germany commemorated in a ceremony on July 1st, could have looked up from his coffin to assess his country’s global standing, it would have made him proud. European and Chinese leaders were passing through Berlin for preparatory talks ahead of the annual G20 summit of large economies, which this year takes place in Hamburg from July 7th. A week earlier Angela Merkel lambasted the isolationism and protectionism of Donald Trump’s America in a speech to the Bundestag. Once Mr Kohl’s protégée, the chancellor of his reunified Germany is sometimes dubbed the “leader of the free world” in the Anglo-Saxon media.

Yet such epithets get things wrong. To understand why, look at Germany’s relations with Africa, Poland and America. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel’s Patient Diplomacy Is Tested by Trump and Putin’s ‘Axis of Testosterone’

Posted by hkarner - 7. Juli 2017

Date: 07-07-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The German chancellor is hosting three of the world’s most polarizing heads of state at the G-20 meeting

HAMBURG, Germany—The U.S. president has accused her of ruining Germany. The Turkish president says she harbors terrorists. The Russian president, her spy agencies warn, may be about to interfere in her reelection campaign. In the coming days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets all three of them

In Hamburg, her birthplace, the 62-year-old pastor’s daughter hosts the Group of 20 summit thrust into a role no German chancellor has had to navigate in the postwar era. The leader of a country that generally disdains international confrontation is now the foil to three of the world’s most polarizing heads of state. Three countries that Germany had prized as partners have, in different ways and to varying degrees, become antagonists. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Can “Mercron” Deliver for Europe?

Posted by hkarner - 4. Juli 2017

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Merkel Signals Openness to Eurozone Reforms

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juni 2017

Date: 20-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

German chancellor says she could envision supporting French proposal for common finance minister and budget

BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time sketched out the outlines of a bargain with France on fixing the governance of Europe’s single currency, in the clearest sign yet that the two biggest eurozone countries are inching closer toward reconciling sharply different views on the matter.

Germany could support two central French demands—the appointment of a eurozone finance minister and the creation of a common budget—if some conditions were met, Ms. Merkel told business leaders in Berlin on Tuesday.

“We can of course think about a eurozone budget as long as it’s clear that this is really strengthening structures and achieving sensible results,” she said.

In a striking softening of previous language opposing money transfers and joint liabilities among member states, Ms. Merkel said “we could think about a common finance minister…if we aren’t pooling liabilities in the wrong place.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The End of the Trump Administration?

Posted by hkarner - 16. Juni 2017

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Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juni 2017

Date: 09-06-2017
Source: DER SPIEGEL

Europeans ‚Must Learn World Affairs‘

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 62, discusses the EU’s growing self-confidence, its differences with President Trump and Brexit negotiations in the wake of an unclear election outcome in Britain.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

SPIEGEL: Mr. Juncker, have you recently found yourself looking at your mobile phone anxiously when you wake up each morning?

Juncker: No. Why would you think that?

SPIEGEL: We thought you’d want to know what Donald Trump tweeted during the night.

Juncker: If Mr. Trump has tweeted anything worth mentioning, I’ll be told. It doesn’t cause me to sit up agitated in bed in the morning.

SPIEGEL: But it’s different when Angela Merkel sends you a text in the morning, isn’t it?

Juncker: She texts me directly and never without reason. And that interests me. We have a solid and close relationship.

SPIEGEL: Does Donald Trump represent the last chance for Europe? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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