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German Chancellor defends Merkel over Russia stance

Angela Merkel’s policy of maintaining good relations with Moscow during her tenure as the German chancellor was by no means wrong, her successor, Olaf Scholz, told the news agency dpa on Sunday. He admitted, though, that he considered Germany’s overreliance on Russian energy supply to be a mistake. When asked …

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Angela Merkel reveals her role in the Ukraine conflict

Angela Merkel has said that decisions she made while in office, as well as her departure last year, may have influenced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in February. While ultimately blaming him for the decision to attack, she cautioned that the West “must …

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Merkel defends Ukraine stance

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel once again defended her 2008 decision to impede Kiev from joining NATO, insisting that Moscow would perceive the move as an open “declaration of war.” Speaking from a Berlin theater stage on Tuesday, she claimed that a failed German-brokered peace initiative “bought” Ukraine a lot of …

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Merkel comments on Russia-Ukraine conflict for first time

Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has marked a “major crisis point,” ex-German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday evening in her first public speech in around six months. The former chancellor has condemned what she described as Moscow’s “barbaric war of aggression” and voiced her support for Kiev. “I stand …

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Merkel responds to Ukrainian criticism

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended her 2008 decision to impede Ukraine from joining NATO, in response to criticism by the country’s authorities. Merkel and French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy were blasted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who urged the former officials to come to the country to witness …

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German MPs elect new chancellor after 16 years of Merkel rule

The new chancellor received 395 votes for his candidacy. Scholz needed the support of at least 369 lawmakers – an absolute majority – out of 736 Bundestag MPs. The three-party government coalition he heads occupies 416 seats in the Lower House of the German Parliament. His election marks a major …

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Merkel criticized for ‘dangerous’ call with Lukashenko over Belarus border crisis

Speaking on Wednesday, Lithuania’s top diplomat Gabrielius Landsbergis expressed concerns over the telephone conversation between Merkel and President Alexander Lukashenko which took place earlier this week. According to Landsbergis, the discussions were dangerous as the long-time Belarusian leader could use the opportunity “to legitimize himself.” He claimed that Lukashenko “will …

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Putin offers Merkel way to solve Belarus border migrant crisis

Putin told Merkel on Thursday that the European Union should resolve the migrant stalemate at the Polish-Belarus frontier in accordance with “international humanitarian law.” This is the second time the Russian president and the caretaker German chancellor have talked on the phone in the past two days. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

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