Merkel Meets with Plenkovic, Promises Turkey New Aid for Syrian Refugees

German Chancellor Angеlа Mеrkеl on Wednesday рrоmіѕеd Turkеу nеw aid tо саrе fоr Syrian rеfugееѕ. Following a mееtіng wіth Croatian Prіmе Minister Andrej Plenković, Mеrkеl ѕаіd in Zаgrеb said that іf nесеѕѕаrу, new аѕѕіѕtаnсе wоuld bе рrоvіdеd tо Turkey for іtѕ many tаѕkѕ оf ѕhеltеrіng 3.5 mіllіоn реорlе.

Merkel Warns Against Racism on Anniversary of German Reunification

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel made a veiled attack on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party on the 29th anniversary of German Unification Thursday, saying that economic grievances in the east were no excuse for racism.  She said, ”It should never be the case that disappointment with politics however significant be accepted as a legitimate reason to marginalize, threaten or attack others because of their skin, color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  The values of our constitution must guide each and every debate in our country. In concrete terms this means Yes to Open debate, Yes to tough demands from politics, No to intolerance, No to marginalization, No to hate and anti-Semitism, No to living at the expense of the weak and minorities.”

Europe’s Top Job: Ursula von der Leyen a Compromise Commission Candidate Nobody Likes

You’d think Germans would be excited, maybe even a little patriotic, with the announcement that one of their own would become President of the European Commission, for the first time in fifty years.  The first woman ever to head the Commission might also be an event worth celebrating.  Instead, after marathon talks, following less-than-conclusive parliamentary elections, many Germans have been left wondering, “what was the point of all that?”  Ursula von der Leyen’s face was nowhere to be seen in the posters plastered throughout Germany amidst the campaign for Europe’s top job.  “Who needs a Spitzenkandidat,” (top candidate) one wonders, “when you can have a Homecoming Queen?

G20 in Osaka: The Summit Opens in Harmony

Nineteen countries are meeting this Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan, for the G20. “Welcome to Osaka,” said Shinzo Abe, Japan Prime Minister, who hosts the G20 on Friday and Saturday.

“Together, I hope we will achieve a beautiful harmony in Osaka,” he said in reference to the meaning of “Reiwa,” the name of this new era. Flanked on one side by President Trump, on the other side of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two great rivals of the moment, Shinzo Abe called for “finding common ground rather than highlighting the clashes.” “We have time” to resolve the tensions.

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