KONFRONTASI - The West has been sharply divided in its reaction to Vladimir Putin’s decisive win in the Russian presidential election; while some European leaders have sent warm wishes to Putin in the hope of closer ties with Moscow, some others have taken advantage of the moment to say the strained relations would be irreversible under Putin.
KONFRONTASI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bruised by half a year of post-election coalition haggling, was Wednesday elected by parliament to her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.
Lawmakers in Berlin's glass-domed Reichstag voted 364-315 with nine abstentions for Merkel, who was then to be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before taking the oath of office at 1100 GMT.
KONFRONTASI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is ready to make “painful concessions” to help her conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) reach a deal on forming a coalition government some four months after inconclusive elections that left Europe’s biggest economic power in political uncertainty.
“Each of us will have to make painful compromises and I am ready for that,” Merkel said Tuesday as she sought to reach a deal with the SPD by the end of the day.
KONFRONTASI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are optimistic that they would finish coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday as the two sides continue to bridge differences on key issues.
Horst Seehofer, the number two in Merkel’s alliance of CDU/CSU, said on Thursday that he expected that almost four months of political uncertainty in Germany would end on Sunday, amid Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition that would enable her to govern the country for a fourth term.
KONFRONTASI-German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a newspaper she would be prepared to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model.
South Korea on Saturday braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region.
KONFRONTASI-Kanselir Jerman, Angela Merkel, mengatakan ia siap terlibat dalam sebuah inisiatif diplomatik untuk mengakhiri progtam nuklir dan rudal Korea Utara (Korut). Ia pun menyarankan agar perundingan nuklir Iran bisan menjadi contoh.
"Jika partisipasi kita dalam pembicaraan diinginkan, saya akan segera mengatakan ya," kata Merkel saat diwawancara oleh salah satu media Jerman seperti dikutip dari Reuters, Minggu (10/9/2017).
KONFRONTASI-German Chancellor Angela Merkel sharply criticized U.S. policy under President Donald Trump on Wednesday, two days before they are due to meet at the G20 summit, for being based on a "winners and losers" view of the world rather than on cooperation.
Merkel will host the two-day meeting of G20 leaders that starts on Friday in Hamburg. Along with Trump, others attending include Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan.
KONFRONTASI-Chancellor Angela Merkel believes firmly in strong German - U.S. relations and is simply being honest with the United States when she flags up policy differences with Washington, her spokesman said on Monday.
Merkel sent shockwaves through Washington and London by saying on Sunday that Europe must take its fate into its own hands, implying that the United States under President Donald Trump and Britain after its Brexit vote were no longer reliable partners.