Tag Archives: Germany

Isolated in EU, Poland seeks better ties with Germany behind the scenes

WARSAW: When two dark cars drove up to the retreat of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a baroque castle on a sunny afternoon last July, only a handful of people knew they were bringing Poland’s top politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. So awkward are relations with Berlin for the rightwing Polish leader that the public was not… Read More »

Germany supports group behind Turkish coup attempt – Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA: Turkey on Sunday accused Germany of supporting the network of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric it blames for last year’s attempted coup, comments likely to aggravate a diplomatic feud between Ankara and Berlin. On Saturday, German news magazine Der Spiegel published an interview with the head of the BND foreign intelligence agency, who said Ankara… Read More »

Germany rules out attack in Hamburg airport closure

HAMBURG: German authorities said on Sunday the leak of a corrosive substance through the air conditioning system at Hamburg airport was not an attack, adding that police were investigating the incident that forced the brief closure of the facility. Firefighters and ambulances were rushed to the scene after some 50 people at one terminal complained… Read More »

Germany to Britain: Live up to promise not to block EU reforms

BERLIN: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she does not expect Britain to block a Franco-German initiative to deepen military cooperation among the 27 remaining European Union members after Britain’s vote to leave the bloc. Berlin and Paris have proposed reviving EU common defence plans long blocked by Britain, partly to give the… Read More »

Germany should give expatriate young Britons citizenship – minister

BERLIN: Germany should offer citizenship to young Britons living in Germany given that it was largely older voters in England and Wales who voted for ‘Brexit’ in last month’s referendum, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday. Britain voted 52 to 48 percent on June 23 in favour of quitting the European Union, with… Read More »

France wants quick British divorce from EU, Germany cautious

BERLIN: France’s foreign minister called on Saturday for the European Union to move ahead quickly to seal the terms of a British exit, arguing that the other 27 members needed to give the bloc new purpose or risk populism taking hold. “Negotiations have to go quickly in the common interest,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said on his… Read More »

Poland keeper Szczesny ruled out of Germany clash

PARIS: Poland’s first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss Thursday’s Euro 2016 clash with Germany but could return for their final Group C game against Ukraine, coach Adam Nawalka said. Szczesny had been expected to shrug off the thigh injury he suffered in Poland’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland but that prognosis has proved overly optimistic.… Read More »