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Merkel in Israel to discuss Iran, peace talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel Monday to discuss nuclear talks with Iran and to encourage Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians. "We are going to discuss the Iranian nuclear programme and ways of progressing talks with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said as he met Merkel at his Jerusalem residence, according to Israeli public radio.

Merkel, Putin agree on preserving Ukraine territorial integrity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday that Ukraine's "territorial integrity" must be ensured, government spokesman said. Merkel spoke by phone with Putin and "both agreed that Ukraine must quickly get a government capable of acting and its territorial integrity must be preserved," Steffen Seibert said. kjm/hap/ec

Merkel, Putin agree on preserving Ukraine territorial integrity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday that Ukraine's "territorial integrity" must be ensured, government spokesman said. Merkel spoke by phone with Putin and "both agreed that Ukraine must quickly get a government capable of acting and its territorial integrity must be preserved," Steffen Seibert said. kjm/hap/ec

Merkel urged Tymoshenko to work for Ukraine's unity: German government sources

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday urged Ukraine's freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to work for the unity of the country and the opposition, German government sources said. Merkel spoke by phone with Tymoshenko Sunday and said that "politically she should commit to the holding-together of the country", a source said. Merkel also offered her medical treatment in Germany, the sources said. kjm/ec

Ukraine's Tymoshenko to meet Merkel 'very soon'

Ukraine's freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel "very soon", her party said Sunday after the two spoke over the phone. "They agreed to a meeting that could take place very soon", her Batkivshchyna party said in a statement, a day after Tymoshenko was released in the latest twist in a three-month crisis gripping the country. neo-mbx/del/ec

Merkel voices support for Kerry's Middle East peace bids

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. "We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians," Merkel said in her weekly podcast. "We also support the efforts made by US Secretary of State Kerry (and) I will of course use my stay to bring up this issue with the Israeli prime minister", Benjamin Netanyahu, she added.

Merkel popularity hit by ski accident absence, shows poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has slipped in the last few months and dipped 4 points in the last week alone, due in part to her forced absence after a skiing accident at the end of last year, a poll showed on Wednesday. Although conservative Merkel, who has shared power with the Social Democrats (SPD) since mid-December, still enjoys a strong rating of 53 percent, it has fallen 12 points from the start of October, according to the Forsa survey.

Merkel, Hollande to discuss European communication network avoiding U.S.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. Merkel, who visits France on Wednesday, has been pushing for greater data protection in Europe following reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany and elsewhere by the U.S. National Security Agency. Even Merkel's cell phone was reportedly monitored by American spies.

Merkel eyes more military cooperation with France

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that Germany wanted to bolster its military cooperation with France, particularly in war-torn areas of Africa, ahead of a joint cabinet meeting next week. "I agreed with French President Francois Hollande that we wanted to use the Franco-German meeting to discuss new projects ... especially in the area of security and particularly in Africa," Merkel said in her weekly podcast. "More convergence is possible", notably in terms of working together in Mali or Central Africa, the chancellor added.

New Merkel government in first crisis as minister resigns

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government was rocked by its first political crisis Friday after a minister abruptly resigned over claims he leaked confidential information about an international child porn probe. Just two months after forming a left-right "grand coalition", Merkel must replace her agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich after he became engulfed in the rapidly widening scandal.
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