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German-Greek deal on refugee returns advancing but not easy

Talks between Germany and Greece on a deal for refugees returns are fairly advanced, said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, highlighting that an agreement with Italy still has some time yet. “We are in the process of negotiations,” she said during a joint press conference she gave in Berlin with …

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Merkel: “A proof of trust Greece is given several decades to recover”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that long period of primary surpluses was necessary fro Greece in order to reduce debt. She denied she had any deal with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to postpone Value Added Tax hikes in exchange for asylum seekers’ returns from Germany. At her annual summer press …

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Merkel & Seehofer agree on “migrants’ transit centers” in the borders with Austria

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her rebellious interior minister from Bavarian CSU, Horst Seehofer, reached a compromise on migration at almost literally the eleventh hour Monday, averting a government crisis for the time being. Mr. Seehofer, who threatened to resign the previous day, will stay in office. The two agreed …

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Ambassador Ploetner denies “migrants’ returns trade” between Germany and Greece

German Ambassador to Greece Jens Ploetner  has vehemently rejected speculations that Berlin traded with Athens to accept migrants’ returns in exchange of suspension of VAT hikes on islands hit by the Refugee crisis. In an interview with Kathimerini, Ploetner vehemently denied speculation that the name deal signed between Greece and …

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Merkel and Macron agree to create budget for Eurozone, EU reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to create a budget for the euro zone. They met at Meseberg by Berlin  and agreed also on some other EU reforms like reducing the number of EU Commissioners and take again steps on the migration crisis. The meeting, …

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US implements steel & aluminium tariffs, EU threatens with retaliation

A bad day for world trade: US moves forward with imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium, without exception for Canada, Mexico and the European block. The new measures 25% percent on steel and 10% on aluminium go into effect on 1. June 2018, US time. The European Union threatens with …

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Greek soldiers: Merkel intervened to Erdogan, US supports Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel intervened to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the two Greek soldiers issue currently in Turkish custody. US Ambassador to Greece said the US is supportive to Greece on the same issue. Meanwhile the two Greek soldiers will reportedly be taken to the court early Tuesday …

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Tsipras speaks on the phone with Merkel about Turkey’s aggression in the Aegean & FYROM name issue

  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday spoke on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They discussed developments relating to the negotiations on the FYROM name issue, the provocative Turkish activity in the Aegean, Turkey’s relations with the European Union and its obstruction of exploratory drilling for fossil fuels …

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Merkel fails in coalition talks, she may lead Germany to snap elections

The era of German Chancellor Angela Merkel nears the end.  Even if she wins the next elections, her opponents within her own party will grill her over hot charcoal. Preliminary coalition talks between Chancellor Merkel and the Greens and the FDP collapsed early Monday after two months. It was mainly …

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