(9.11.2018) Haaretz’s crime reporter and defense expert answer questions on the corruption case in which the police seek indictments on people close to the prime minister
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A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the 10th country to join, amid calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a „real European army.“
The French-led initiative would not conflict with the almost 70-year-old, U.S.-dominated NATO alliance, proponents say, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump, as reported by Reuters.
Charges relate to $2bn sale of German Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel
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(3.August 2006) The ground battle inLebanon is widening, but on the eve of a new United Nations Security Council decision on the Israeli- Hizbullah conflict, its days may be numbered. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is already dealing with “the day after,” the diplomatic arrangement that will install an international force north of the Blue Line to replace the Israeli army.
„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.
Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.
„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.
(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.
„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.
It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231.
As parties to the JCPoA, we have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with Russia and China as participants to the JCPoA and with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. These efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those underpinning the European initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle which we are proceeding with work to set up. This will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate trade.
In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms „engaged in legitimate business with Iran.“
They added that their „collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering.“
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a joint press statement after a summit to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria, in Istanbul on Saturday, October 27.
(2.10.2018) But as Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reported, Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also back the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV undercuts the US financial sanctions on Iran’s regime that are due to go into effect on November 5.
(JUNE 3, 2000) Standing under an unforgiving sun in the courtyard of the ninth-century cathedral where Charlemagne is buried and where many Holy Roman emperors and German kings were crowned, Mr. Clinton told an audience of several hundred people that to do otherwise would destroy the vision of an undivided Continent.
Mr. Clinton delivered his speech after he was given the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a world leader who furthers the cause of European unity.
Joachim Ronneberg in 2015. In 1943, as a World War II resistance fighter, he commanded a daring mission to blow up a heavy-water plant in Norway, helping sabotage Hitler’s nuclear program.
It was the Europeans who insisted that the Irish border must be resolved before our future relationship with the EU could be discussed. Of course, they knew the border could not be fixed until the future relationship was decided. They were laying a trap to tie the UK to European laws beyond Brexit.
ANGELA Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night shot down Theresa May’s Brexit plans – then went out to celebrate with a beer.
The election result, which also saw the Ms. Merkel’s other coalition partner, the Social Democrats, collapse and fall behind the far right, is certain to reverberate in Berlin, where some see it as a harbinger of further losses for Ms. Merkel’s conservatives, already at a postwar low. In two weeks, her party is expected to lose ground — and possibly the whole election — in another regional election, in the state of Hesse.
Mrs Merkel’s national coalition partners the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) trailed in fifth with 10%, their vote halved.
There is speculation that it could pull out of the government in an attempt to survive as a party.
Procedurally, the case can now either be taken up again by the Federal Administrative Court or, if it again rejects it, go before the Constitutional Court, DE-CIX said.
In view of the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which began Wednesday, the government decided to put off the demolition and evacuation of the Jahalin Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar for a few days, so as not to embarrass her.
Each day that has passed since May 1999, Europe in general and Germany in particular have crossed another red line in the normalization of the status quo.
PM Imran thanked the German chancellor for her call and reciprocated desire for enhancing partnership with Germany. He added that Germany was the largest trading partner of Pakistan in Europe and there was substantial potential for cooperation in spheres of energy and automobile sectors, and investment in hydroelectric power generation.
The exports are said to have been approved despite an agreement not to sell arms to countries “directly” involved in the Yemen war. The deal was forged during the formation of the coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats in March after months of political wrangling. It was not made clear which countries were meant by the phrase “directly”.
The threat of US sanctions has seen EU firms such as French and German car makers Daimler, Peugeot, and Renault, German engineering company Siemens, and French energy firm Total walk away from new ventures in Iran.
But „we [the EU] cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,“ Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rohani in New York.
„We’re working hard on this [the SPV] with our European partners,“ German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.
„In times of conflict and crisis is there a better way than diplomacy and dialogue? Is war the alternative?“, says EU Foreign Policy chief on dealings with Iran.
„So I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today that if you cross us, our allies or our partners, if you harm our citizens, if you continue to lie cheat and deceive. Yes there will indeed be hell to pay,“ the US National Security Advisor said.
Speaking at an organisation that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the Trump administration withdrew in May, Bolton criticised the deal as „the worst diplomatic debacle in American history“.
This is one of the of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” he said in a speech delivered against a backdrop of protests from anti-war protesters.
“By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number-one state sponsor of terror,” Mr. Pompeo added, observing Iran’s “corrupt ayatollahs” and elite Revolutionary Guards had to be “laughing this morning.”
In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.
The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.
Press point by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran on the implementation of the JCPOA, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, on 24 September 2018 in New York.
10. Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.
In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.
Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions.
Foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran said in a joint statement late Monday that the so-called “Special Purpose Vehicle” will “assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”
Von der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300 German troops support a refuelling plane and four Tornado warplanes that fly reconnaissance missions as part of U.S. led-coalition operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Middle East, von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”
(14.4.2018) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (April 14) backed air strikes by the United States, France and Britain as a „necessary and appropriate“ action to warn Syria against further use of chemical weapons.
(5.3.2018) Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy and the war in Syria after the Social Democrats (SPD) voted to join a coalition government with her conservatives. Merkel welcomed the vote by a majority of SPD members that ended more than five months of political deadlock in Europe’s largest economy after an inconclusive election and said the right-left government must quickly get to work.
(15.9.2018) „It is everyone’s common belief that the solution in Idlib must be political rather than military,“ Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after hosting a meeting in Istanbul with officials from the three states.
He said there was a general consensus that the consequences of an attack on Idlib would be severe, including triggering a new wave of migration.
(15.9.2018) Kalin said that there is a general consensus that the consequences of a full-scale military attack on Idlib will cause humanitarian crises and a new wave of refugees.
He said on Friday that his government seeks to maintain Idlib’s current status, protect civilians, and prevent a humanitarian crisis in Idlib.
(14.9.2018) Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, German chancellor’s foreign policy adviser Jan Hecker and French president’s diplomatic adviser Philippe Etienne joined the meeting hosted by Turkish presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT Haber said.
According to the broadcaster, the main agenda of the meeting, also attended by technical experts from the four states, is setting the program and other details of a summit meeting of leaders of the four countries in the upcoming days.
German and Russian foreign ministers were announced to be set for a meeting on September 14 over the situation in Syria.
„We see Germany as a key player in the world economy and are looking at the German market with great optimism,“ Qatar’s minister of finance, Ali Sharif al-Emadi, told Handelsblatt newspaper ahead of a Qatar Germany Business Investment Forum in Berlin on September 7.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Aug. 14 in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with Syria dominating the agenda, largely against the backdrop of a planned Sept. 7 meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France in Istanbul.
The U.S. is reportedly adopting a new approach in its ongoing efforts to convince European countries to renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and isolate Tehran.
The U.S., Israel and Iranian dissidents say that Iran is „hunting its enemies in Europe,“ according to The Wall Street Journal. American and Israeli governments say alleged terror plots and killings are sponsored by Tehran and are telling European governments to withdraw from the nuclear accord and ban Iranian officials.
Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials …
The repatriation of the White Helmets terrorist propagandists to the UK, Germany and Canada is a classic illustration.
„The free, open and rules-based international order faces a serious challenge,“ Kono said during a joint press appearance with Maas. „Closer cooperation between Japan and Germany, (nations) that share the same values such as democracy, and lead Asia and Europe…is taking on greater importance than ever.“
The source added ”Israel has always lied claiming that it doesn’t have a relation to the war waged on Syria, yet it has smuggled hundreds of members of the “White Helmets” terrorist organization and of the leaders of other armed terrorist organizations in cooperation with the governments of the US, Britain, Jordan , Germany and Canada and this has uncovered the support provided by these states to the terrorist groups in their aggression against the Syrians and in destroying the infrastructure in Syria under false pretexts.
Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries. From there, they will be sent to third countries, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.
For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.
An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.
The observations, made by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and confirmed by telescopes around the globe and in Earth’s orbit, help resolve a more than a century-old riddle about what sends subatomic particles such as neutrinos and cosmic rays speeding through the universe.
Scientists have captured a ghost-like subatomic particle on Earth, helping to solve a mystery baffling scientists for 100 years.
The so-called “ghost particle” was trapped by researchers in a giant ice cube at the South Pole.
It’s actually a high-energy neutrino, and is the first of its type ever detected by scientists.
Importantly, researchers believe they’ve tracked its likely source: a supermassive black hole that emits light and cosmic rays.
President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was „extremely unhappy.“
„Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,“ Trump said.
Trump criticized bloc members that approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. The president criticized Germany in particular, calling it a hostage of Russia.
President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“
(4.7.2018) In a bid to coax small- and medium-sized German companies active in Iran away from the Islamic Republic, Ambassador Richard Grenell has quietly begun engaging business executives with an offer to help them tap the much larger and lucrative U.S. market, according to people briefed on the talks. On Tuesday, he met with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and about a dozen companies to make his pitch.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed the reports that Germany has blocked parts of the Islamic republic’s financial assets as „baseless,“ according to the ministry’s website.
The reports aimed at creating a „psychological war“ as Iran and Europe are in talks over the former’s nuclear standoff, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said
„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.
„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.
„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.
In tandem with the upgrading of relations with Israel, there is growing friction between central European states and the EU. This revolves mainly around the issue of migrants. Tensions reached new heights this month over a compromise on closing the EU’s external borders and the establishment of screening centers for migrants. The measures were opposed by Germany, but strongly promoted by Hungary and Poland.
Alternative for Germany (German: Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) is a right-wing to far-right political party in Germany
The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.
The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany thought she had fended off a mutiny within her own conservative alliance after returning from marathon talks with fellow European leaders on Friday with an agreement on how to handle migration.
But instead, the rebellion escalated late on Sunday, further weakening Ms. Merkel, who was once seen as a rock of European politics and the guardian of the liberal world order.
(5.6.2018) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran.
The Pentagon analysis of basing in Europe comes as relations between Trump and Europe have plunged over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, sparking tit-for-tat measures, and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a pact viewed in Europe as a model for peaceful conflict resolution.
Vance was greeted by several German officers, who have a large peacekeeping contingent in Mali, which includes a unit of helicopters, some of which Canada will replace in the coming weeks.
The members of the advance team are only the first of what will be a steady stream of troops and equipment to arrive between now and August, including eight helicopters, to help the beleaguered UN mission.
Germany has been belatedly classified among the participating nations in the Korean War, as South Korea has added the European country to the list of countries that provided medical assistance during the 1950-53 war, government officials said Friday.
The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, yesterday threatened to pull out of an emergency European migration summit called to help save Angela Merkel’s government, and had to be won round in phone calls with the embattled German chancellor.
The issue has returned most visibly in Italy, where Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant League, lost no time in falling out with some close European allies over his decision to deny access to port for a refugee vessel. But it’s also forced uncomfortable decisions in Spain and is threatening Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces renewed domestic turbulence over her open-door stance on migrants that could yet spell her early departure.
France’s government will likely be following Germany’s into the halls of speech regulation infamy.
Italy must solve its debt problem on its own, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Friday.
As Netanyahu ends his visit to Germany, France, UK, diplomatic source quoted as saying there is ‚widespread agreement‘ on Tehran’s military presence in country
Richard Grenell told ‚alt-right‘ website Breitbart he wants to empower ‚other conservatives‘ in Europe and cited Austria’s government as an example
Merkel, May and Macron are still waiting for the Israelis and Americans to present another way to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, but are under no illusions it will happen in next week’s meetings, according to a European diplomat.
Apparently, even if the people vote for him, no one can hold a cabinet office in Italy without pledging allegiance to the euro.
Almost every expert agrees that the conflict between the president and the coalition government’s proposed cabinet members is a constitutional gray area.
ITALY has become “a colony of Germany”, according to a Five Star MEP who lashed out after President Sergio Mattarella brought in his own unelected europhile Prime Minister to keep a eurozone crisis at bay.
“I will go to Europe next week. I will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and possibly British Prime Minister Theresa May,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.
A poll taken in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea found more Germans preferred a position of neutrality than did standing with Western allies. A Pew survey the following year reported majorities in Germany, Italy and France opposed defending a NATO ally hypothetically attacked by Russia — a more categorical rejection of alliance solidarity than anything to come out of Trump’s mouth. While the president’s threats to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel may be counterproductive to strengthening transatlantic ties, so was the 2015 Berlin protest, with a crowd estimated at 150,000, against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.