German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned politicians and citizens throughout the European Union Monday; officially announcing she will not seek re-election when her mandate ends in 2021.
According to the Guardian, the longtime leader made her decision after “disastrous” local elections in multiple German states, saying the results were a “clear signal that things can’t go on as they are.”
“She said she would not stand as party leader at the CDU conference in December and at the next elections in 2021 she would not seek another term as chancellor, announcing her complete withdrawal from politics after that date,” writes the Guardian.
Merkel is largely blamed by her political opponents for the current immigration crisis sweeping Europe after she unveiled her “open door” policy; accepting a large number of migrants from Syria, the Middle East, and Africa.
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MERKEL CAVES: Germany Blocks $400 MILLION 'Cash Delivery' to IRAN
President Trump’s recent push to impose crippling sanctions on the Iranian regime crossed the Atlantic this week, with Germany’s central bank halting a $400 million “cash delivery” to leaders in Tehran.
According to Fox News, Deutsche Bundesbank -the nation’s central monetary authority- made a last-minute decision to stop the payment; caving to demands from the White House that European allies clamp-down on the Islamic Republic.
“Germany allows the Iranian-owned European-Iranian trade bank (EIH) to operate in Hamburg. The EIH holds more than $400 million that Tehran wants to receive in cash ahead of a second wave of U.S. sanctions due in November that impact banks and Iran’s energy sector,” writes Fox News.
Close partnership = results. Thank you to our German counterparts for acting to stop Iran’s activities.https://t.co/fTSBD2f8Dt
— US-Botschaft Berlin (@usbotschaft) August 4, 2018
The President slammed Iran with new sanctions earlier this week, saying the harsh penalties were the “most biting” restrictions placed on Tehran in history.
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MERKEL CAVES: Germany Says It's Open to EASING TARIFFS on US CARS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced this week that her government would be open to reducing tariffs on American-made automobiles; hoping to ease tensions between the European Union and the United States over car imports.
According to Reuters, Merkel signaled Germany’s willingness to slash taxes on US manufactured automobiles rather than see new tariffs placed on German cars entering the United States; primarily Mercedez Benz, Volkswagen, and BMW.
“I would be ready to support negotiations on reducing tariffs, but we would not be able to do this only with the U.S.,” she said, adding that all deals will be “common European position and we are still working on it.”
President Trump slammed the EU’s tariffs on US exports in recent weeks, saying “We are finishing our study of Tariffs on cars from the E.U. in that they have long taken advantage of the U.S. in the form of Trade Barriers and Tariffs. In the end it will all even out – and it won’t take very long!”
….We are finishing our study of Tariffs on cars from the E.U. in that they have long taken advantage of the U.S. in the form of Trade Barriers and Tariffs. In the end it will all even out – and it won’t take very long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018