By Tina Bellon and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany defended on Friday a decision to allow the export of tanks and artillery to Qatar, saying it was confident the arms would not be used in a war in Yemen between government supporters and the Iran-allied Houthis. The newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday that four German Leopard 2 tanks and three howitzers had been shipped from Germany, bound for Qatar. The government said the deal was justified, despite opposition parties accusing Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of failing to stop the exports to Qatar, which has been reported as sending troops to fight in Yemen.
25 January, 2018 Germany steps up pressure on Turkey over Syria offensive Germany hardened its stance Thursday against Turkey over its military offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria, which threatened to end a thaw in frosty relations between the NATO partners. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel voiced "great concern" ab...
13 November, 2015 Merkel, under fire over refugees, says 'I'm fighting for my vision' By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel put up a spirited defense of her leadership on Friday, vowing to "fight for my vision" of how to deal with the refugee crisis that has stretched Germany's resources and damaged her standing. A poll for television station ZDF on […]
30 October, 2015 Germany's ability to act on migrants threatened, Merkel deputy says By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - German's Social Democrat vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, warned on Friday that a dispute among the conservatives over how to handle record inflows of migrants into the country was jeopardising the government's ability to act. Merkel and Horst […]
1 November, 2015 Merkel's conservatives align refugee policy but coalition still at odds By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Sunday to fully resolve differences within her ruling coalition over how to deal with the huge refugee influx, leaving open a row that has rocked her government. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert described […]
8 December, 2017 2 Democrats: Minnesota governor's top choice mulling '18 run ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's top pick to fill Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is considering also running for the seat next year, as Dayton faces pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint more than a mere caretaker, according to […]