Contents tagged with Merkel

  • European countries call on Russia to return representatives to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas

    Germany and France have called for Russian officers to return to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire in the Donbas. A joint statement was signed on December 23 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, reports Radio Liberty.

    The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed anxiety over the withdrawal of Russian representatives from JCCC.

    "This measure [is] yet another attempt at undermining security of the monitors’ work …

  • Russian human rights lawyer Feygin appeals to Merkel and Macron for protection from persecution in Russia

    Mark Feygin, a Russian lawyer and defender of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the Crimea appealed to European leaders asking them to protect him from persecution in his own country.Feygin wrote an appeal addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, which he then handed over to Ukrinform.

    "By the will of the circumstances, Germany and France are involved in the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine through the quadripartite ‘Normandy format.’ This …

  • Polish Interior Minister: Merkel lost votes for opening Germany’s borders to refugees

    Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak believes that Angela Merkel’s party could have gotten many more votes if not for the migration crisis in the European Union and the decision of the German Chancellor to open the borders to refugees. He stated this on Sunday in the evening program of Polish television.

    "Chancellor Merkel paid a high price for her decision of 2015 to open the borders of Germany," Błaszczak said. In his opinion, this step was "a violation of EU legislation" made without …

  • Merkel compares annexation of the Crimea with the division of Germany

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she does not agree with a statement by the Chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) Christian Lindner, who has proposed turning a blind eye to the annexation of the Crimea, Deutsche Welle reported.

    In an interview with the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, which was released on Sunday, September 10, Merkel cited the situation of the division of Germany as an example to reiterate that historical injustice should not be …

  • Poland: Merkel to blame for terrorism outburst

    The current European migration policy, especially pursued by Angela Merkel, plays into the hands of those who “sow death among the people”, said Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in a TVP Info broadcast while commenting on the terrorist acts in Spain. Szydło believes that Europe must stop being afraid to talk about terrorism. “Don’t be afraid to talk about it, don’t be afraid to speak, only when this political correctness is changed will political reason come,” she added.

    The head of the …

  • Merkel reaffirms Germany's commitment to increase defense spending

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made assurances that the government will fulfill its obligations to increase defense spending until 2024 to the NATO target of 2% of GDP each year.

    She stated this in interviews with the German television channel Phoenix and the radio station Deutschlandfunk, Deutsche Welle reports.

    At the same time, she refuted accusations from the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) that the increase in defense spending would come from a reduction in social programs." …

  • Merkel and Macron call to stop violation of ceasefire in Donbas

    In a joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following a telephone conversation in the “Normandy” format, the leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries have urged an immediate stop to the violation of the ceasefire in the Donbas and insisted on the continuation of the truce.  

    “Violations of the ceasefire must be stopped immediately. State and government leaders demand the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of July 21st, 2017 agreed upon by …

  • Merkel on the G20 summit: There will be no decisions on Ukraine without Kyiv

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the press service of the Ukrainian leader said.

    They discussed the situation in the Donbas and coordinated their positions regarding the implementation of the Minsk Agreements in preparations for the G20 summit in Hamburg and, in particular, the meeting between Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "Angela Merkel assured Petro Poroshenko that …

  • Poroshenko and Merkel discuss possible pressure on Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had discussed a possible scenario of putting pressure on Russia to fulfill its part of the Minsk agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    “A significant portion of time was devoted to the coordination of actions to implement the Minsk agreements. It was established that Russia is not fulfilling the Minsk agreements, and we have to develop a scenario which would motivate Russia to sit at the negotiation …

  • Merkel told Poroshenko about the results of her meeting with Putin

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the course of a telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, discussed the outcome of her talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that took place on May 2nd in Sochi, as stated on Poroshenko’s official website.

    According to the press service, Merkel and Poroshenko also discussed the situation in the Donbas, noting the priority to implement the security component of the Minsk Agreements.

    In addition, the heads of the states discussed …