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2005-12-06 12:48:06

By Saul Hudson and Mark Trevelyan BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened. But her efforts to present a united front with European allies suffered a setback when U.S. officials took issue with comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sensitive case of a German national allegedly...

2005-12-06 10:35:43

By Saul Hudson and Lou Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened. But she restated her defense of the legality of U.S. tactics against a militant enemy which "operates from within our society and is intent... on killing innocent civilians." "Any policy will sometimes result in errors,...

2005-12-04 13:11:39

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the kidnappers of a German woman taken hostage in Iraq to release her immediately and said the government was working "around the clock" to free the 43-year-old archaeologist. Merkel told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper the government was doing all it could to rescue Susanne Osthoff and her driver, who disappeared nine days ago. "The members of the crisis committee are working around the clock to achieve this,"...

2005-11-30 07:47:05

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday her new government would not be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German woman in Iraq and called terrorism a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament since replacing Gerhard Schroeder as German leader last week, Merkel focused on the case of a German archaeologist held hostage in Iraq since Friday and threatened with death. "This...

2005-11-30 06:02:23

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday not to be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German in Iraq and said terrorism was a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament, Merkel focused on the kidnapping of a German woman who was seized in Iraq on Friday and has been threatened with death. "One thing is clear. This government, this parliament will not let itself be pressured,"...

2005-11-29 06:13:10

BERLIN (Reuters) - Kidnappers in Iraq have threatened to kill a German woman and her driver unless Berlin stops cooperating with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, German state television ARD reported on Tuesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokesman traveling with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Washington the woman had been missing since Friday and that a crisis unit had been set up to secure her safety. "The German government is working on getting the hostage out of...

2005-11-24 05:28:50

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel visits British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday for a meeting that could set a new tone ahead of talks on some of the most pressing budget and economic issues facing Europe. In keeping with Germany's close ties to France, Merkel's first visit as chancellor was to French President Jacques Chirac but she has given clear signals in the past that her instincts are closer to the market-friendly ideas of...

2005-11-23 03:23:50

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel may have made bolstering relations with the United States a foreign policy priority, but she is following longstanding precedent by traveling to Paris on her first foreign visit. Both her predecessors Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Kohl began with visits to Paris, pledging to uphold the Franco-German axis that has underpinned postwar German foreign policy. Merkel's brief visit on Wednesday, the day after her...

2005-11-22 20:46:47

By Noah Barkin and Markus Krah BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor on Tuesday, ending months of political uncertainty and ushering in a fragile new coalition of left and right that must prove it can revive Europe's biggest economy. Merkel, the 51-year-old pastor's daughter who started her political career after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, was confirmed in Germany's top post by a parliamentary vote in which 397 of the Bundestag's 614 members...

2005-11-22 05:39:41

By Markus Krah and Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel was elected Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday in a parliamentary vote that ends months of uncertainty and ushers in a fragile new government with the task of reviving Europe's largest economy. Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), won 397 votes in the 614-seat Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, easily securing the majority she needed to become Germany's eighth postwar chancellor...


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