Mar 20, 2013 08:55 EDT
Debt-hit Cyprus was scrambling Wednesday to secure funding for its banks after lawmakers rejected the terms of an EU bailout deal, soliciting Russia, the church and state institutions for cash.
Mar 20, 2013 01:45 EDT
Pope Francis has donned the symbols of papal power, vowing to embrace the "poorest" at a grand inauguration in the Vatican as leader of a troubled Roman Catholic Church.
Mar 19, 2013 17:35 EDT
Angry MPs on Tuesday rejected a divisive levy on bank accounts as part of a bailout aimed at saving Cyprus from bankruptcy, decrying as "blackmail" the EU-IMF deal that now lies in tatters.
Mar 19, 2013 16:45 EDT
Pope Francis donned the symbols of papal power and vowed to embrace the "poorest" of humanity on Tuesday at a grand inauguration in the Vatican as leader of a troubled Roman Catholic Church.
Mar 19, 2013 16:44 EDT
Angry MPs on Tuesday rejected the terms of a bailout aimed at saving Cyprus from bankruptcy, decrying as "blackmail" a deal that had been reached with a troika of lenders that now lies in tatters.
Mar 19, 2013 14:12 EDT
Furious MPs took turns in parliament Tuesday to rail against the harsh terms of a bailout aimed at saving Cyprus from bankruptcy, decrying the eurozone "blackmail" as the deal hammered out at the weekend appeared to be unravelling.
Mar 19, 2013 13:18 EDT
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle pledged Tuesday further investment and aid for Tunisia if it stays on track in turning its Arab Spring revolution into a democratic success story.
Mar 19, 2013 12:04 EDT
Cyprus turned to Russia on Tuesday as President Nicos Anastasiades battled to garner support from lawmakers for a controversial eurozone bailout deal that the central bank warned was in danger of collapse.
Mar 19, 2013 08:41 EDT
Cyprus on Tuesday dropped a controversial levy on bank savings below 20,000 euros, sparking a warning by the central bank governor that the crucial eurozone bailout deal was now in danger of collapse.
Mar 18, 2013 11:01 EDT
Pope Francis received compatriot President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina in the Vatican on Monday in his first meeting with a head of state as world leaders arrived in Rome ahead of his inauguration mass.
Mar 18, 2013 09:58 EDT
A German court will begin examining Wednesday a multi-million-euro class action lawsuit by relatives of victims of a deadly air strike in Afghanistan ordered by NATO's German command.
Mar 18, 2013 05:33 EDT
World leaders arrived in Rome ahead of an inauguration mass for Pope Francis who receives compatriot President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina on Monday in his first meeting with a head of state.
Mar 16, 2013 09:53 EDT
The head of Germany's central bank has told Italy to stick to its pledges of budget cuts and economic reforms, warning there was no guarantee of being bailed out.
Mar 15, 2013 08:45 EDT
Syria's devastating conflict entered its third year on Friday with EU leaders frustrated over the failure of diplomacy to end the bloodshed pressing to arm rebels despite Russian objections.
Mar 15, 2013 04:47 EDT
London shares were steady in early trade on Friday, consolidating recent gains after US stocks again flirted with record highs overnight, dealers said.
Mar 15, 2013 04:19 EDT
France has joined Britain in voicing its willingness to supply weapons to Syria's rebels if it cannot convince its European partners to lift an arms embargo as the conflict enters its third year.
Mar 15, 2013 04:12 EDT
Syria's devastating conflict entered its third year on Friday with EU leaders frustrated over the failure of diplomacy to end the bloodshed pressing to arm rebels despite Russia's objections.
Mar 14, 2013 21:56 EDT
European Union leaders wrestled with German demands for strict austerity and a French-Italian push for growth-friendly spending at a summit coloured by fears that rampant unemployment is destroying the bloc, and clouded by a bailout for Cyprus.
Mar 14, 2013 17:11 EDT
European Union leaders on Thursday wrestled with German demands for strict austerity and a French-led push for growth-friendly spending at a summit, which was targeted by thousands of protesters angry over rampant unemployment.
Mar 14, 2013 13:21 EDT
Europe's main stock markets closed higher on Thursday on upbeat news that Ireland could become the first eurozone nation to emerge from its bailout programme and a decline of US jobless claims for a third straight week, dealers said.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|Assumed office |
22 November 2005
|Preceded by||Gerhard Schröder|
17 November 1994 – 26 October 1998
|Preceded by||Klaus Töpfer|
|Succeeded by||Jürgen Trittin|
18 January 1991 – 17 November 1994
|Preceded by||Ursula Lehr|
|Succeeded by||Claudia Nolte|
|Born||17 July 1954 |
Hamburg, West Germany
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union (1990–present)|
|Democratic Awakening (1989–1990)|
|Spouse(s)||Ulrich Merkel (1977–1982)|
Joachim Sauer (1998–present)
|Alma mater||University of Leipzig|