The German government is in favour of imposing harsher sanctions on Russia; this will be on the agenda of the special European Council meeting this weekend. It also demands an explanation of the most recent events. There can be no justification for any violation of the Ukrainian border, declared federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert.
Germany is willing to provide the Kurds in northern Iraq with arms and ammunition. The government will decide on the arms supplies by Sunday, said Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview. She will give a government statement in the German Bundestag on Monday.
During her visit to Santiago de Compostela, the Chancellor praised the work of the Spanish government, which has laid the foundations for Spain’s future successful development. Europe, said the Chancellor, must move closer together.
From September to December 2014, Germany will once again be part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) mission in the Baltic region. Up to six Luftwaffe Eurofighters will then police Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace.
In Kyiv the Chancellor has called for initiatives from both sides to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine. "No one side can achieve peace alone," she declared in a joint statement to the press with President Petro Poroshenko. She pledged half a billion euros in German loan guarantees.
Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons has been successfully concluded. Residual material has been under way to Munster subject to German escort since Wednesday. A state-owned specialist firm awaits there to completely incinerate these substances.more
Federal Chancellor Merkel opened the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Seventeen winners of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and 460 young economists from 80 countries met to discuss economic issues. Chancellor Merkel invited the attendees: Speak clearly as scholars.more
During her visit to Riga, Federal Chancellor Merkel assured Latvia of Germany’s support in matters of security. The Baltic States are following tensions with Russia regarding Eastern Ukraine with growing concern.more
The Chancellor has issued a statement in which she condemns utterly the outbreaks of violence and anti-Semitic rhetoric during demonstrations against the Middle East conflict. Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière confirmed that ‘red lines’ had been crossed.
The German government has commemorated resistance to the National Socialist regime. Seventy years ago Graf von Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The dictator survived and had the resistance fighters executed.