German politicians were deeply divided on Sunday over a warning by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun that restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if Covid-19 infection numbers reach new heights in the coming months, AP reported. Braun told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he doesn’t expect another coronavirus-related lockdown in Germany. But he said that unvaccinated people may be barred from entering venues like restaurants, movie theaters or sports stadiums “because the residual risk is too high.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions is “good for Ukraine”, AP reported. The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two countries committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon.
The United States announced on Tuesday it was near a deal with Germany over concerns on Nord Stream 2, the nearly complete pipeline from Russia that Ukraine and others fear will embolden Moscow, AFP reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel visited flood-ravaged areas of Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors after days of extreme rainfall in western Europe left at least 183 people dead and dozens missing, news wires reported. Merkel travelled to the village of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate state, one of the two hardest-hit regions in western Germany where the swollen Ahr river swept away houses and left debris piled high in the streets.
The death toll from disastrous flooding in Western Europe rose above 150 on Saturday as rescue workers toiled to clear up the devastation and prevent further damage, AP reported. Police said that more than 90 people are now known to have died in western Germany’s Ahrweiler county, one of the worst-hit areas, and more casualties are feared. On Friday, authorities gave a death toll of 63 for the whole of Rhineland-Palatinate state, where Ahrweiler is located.
Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon, AP reported.
US President Joe Biden will welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Thursday with both hoping to rebuild ties badly frayed under former President Donald Trump. Reuters reported. The United States and Germany are key NATO allies but are at odds over a host of tough issues, including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which Washington fears will increase European reliance on Russian gas.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Kiev on Monday that Ukraine will remain a transit route for natural gas even after the opening of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, news wires reported. Merkel made the remarks during a news conference with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky three days before she holds talks in Washington with US President Joe Biden, whose administration is against the almost completed pipeline.
US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday to affirm "deep and enduring" ties between the NATO allies while also tackling some areas of disagreement, the White House announced. It will be Merkel's first visit to Washington since Biden took office in January.
The leaders of France, Germany and China, after a three-way video call on Monday, urged all parties involved in the Iran nuclear talks to seize a window of opportunity for an agreement,Reuters reported, citing a French presidency source on Monday.