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.
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 […]
28 August, 2016 Germany's vice chancellor says Merkel underestimated migrant challenge German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives had "underestimated" the challenge of integrating record numbers of migrants. Gabriel leads the Social Democrats (SPD) -- the junior coalition partner in Merkel's […]
1 December, 2015 Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will join the military campaign against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Syria under plans approved on Tuesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet -- a big step for a major European power that long resisted a direct role in the conflict. […]