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World Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger -- Meanwhile in America

21:16  10 july  2020
21:16  10 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Merkel says EU must be prepared if Brexit talks fail

  Merkel says EU must be prepared if Brexit talks fail Merkel says EU must be prepared if Brexit talks failShe said talks were to be accelerated in order to achieve an agreement in the autumn that could be ratified by the end of the year.

Angela Merkel may not scream down the phone at President Donald Trump -- but she knows how to insert a dagger.

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel posing for the camera: France's President Emmanuel Macron nd Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel look at Trump at a NATO summit in Watford, UK, on Dec 4, 2019. © Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP/Getty Images France's President Emmanuel Macron nd Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel look at Trump at a NATO summit in Watford, UK, on Dec 4, 2019.

Trump, as well as Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and Russia's Vladimir Putin, must have felt his ears burning when the German Chancellor demolished their approaches to the coronavirus in a speech Thursday. "As we are experiencing firsthand, you cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation any more than you can fight it with hate or incitement to hatred," Merkel said. "The limits of populism and denial of basic truths are being laid bare."

Merkel: Right of asylum available to all, including people of Hong Kong

  Merkel: Right of asylum available to all, including people of Hong Kong Merkel: Right of asylum available to all, including people of Hong KongAt a press conference to open Germany's presidency of the European Union's council on Thursday, she said Europe must continue its dialogue with China, because of its importance in the world and to Europe specifically.

Merkel and Trump were destined to clash. A former scientist, she is cool, cautious, self-contained, fact-oriented and quiet despite her toughness. Trump is ... none of those things. Late in 2016, the outgoing US President, who Merkel sometimes referred to as "Liebe (dear) Barack," flew to Berlin on a mission -- to convince her to run for another term. Once Trump was in the Oval Office, Obama reasoned, Merkel would need to lead the liberal international order.

Ever since, she's been walking on eggshells with a new President who flouts many of the values that Merkel -- who grew up in Communist East Germany -- always saw as epitomized by America. One confrontation, in Canada, was captured in an instantly iconic photograph. And CNN's Carl Bernstein wrote recently that Trump has a habit of haranguing Merkel, even calling her "stupid" on the phone. She reportedly counters his rants with facts.

Merkel Urges EU to Agree on Recovery Fund With Time Pressing

  Merkel Urges EU to Agree on Recovery Fund With Time Pressing Chancellor Angela Merkel said time is pressing for European Union member states to reach an agreement on an economic recovery plan. © Bloomberg Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on July 1. “The path is a rocky one and will require much willingness and readiness to compromise from all sides,” Merkel told delegates in Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, as the country begins its six-month presidency of the European Union. “Considering the current state of the economy, time is pressing and every day counts,” and the goal is reach a deal before the summer break.

Merkel has not always lived up to her billing as the West's moral bulwark. As the EU's most powerful leader, she shares responsibility for the European project's wobbles while members battled Covid-19 behind closed borders. And Germany's complicated history and limited defense budgets -- which infuriate Trump -- mean it cannot fill the security vacuum left by the US.

But Merkel, who does not plan to run for a fifth term next year, can read the polls. And though she might never say so, she'd love to outlast Trump.

Updating Fifth Avenue

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," Trump claimed in 2016.

In a deliberate sign of the changing times, Manhattan's iconic Fifth Avenue has now been painted with the words "Black Lives Matter" -- directly in front of the '90s-era gold-tone entrance to Trump Tower.

Trump called on police not to let "this symbol of hate be affixed to New York's greatest street." But even the city's mayor, Democrat Bill de Blasio, picked up a paint roller with civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday.

Merkel makes first masked appearance to ward off criticism

  Merkel makes first masked appearance to ward off criticism Merkel makes first masked appearance to ward off criticismMerkel entered the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, wearing a black mask marked with EU2020.de, a website dedicated to Germany's six-month presidency of the European Union which started on July 1.

'Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the President of the United States'

Sometimes you can win by losing, Trump has learned in two momentous Supreme Court rulings on attempts to subpoena his financial records.

By 7-2, the court dismissed Trump's claim that he was immune from investigation as President. The ruling vindicated New York prosecutors probing the President over an alleged hush money scheme.

"In our judicial system, 'the public has a right to every man's evidence,' " Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. "Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the President of the United States."

In a separate case, the court also ruled that Congress -- which wants financial records from Trump's bankers and accountants -- has the right to investigate a President. But by the same 7-2 divide, it held that such inquiries must be limited. Thus the justices found a solution that elegantly affirmed constitutional principles -- and spared their court from political crossfire.

The fight against the coronavirus will shape the German presidency of the EU, says Angela Merkel

 The fight against the coronavirus will shape the German presidency of the EU, says Angela Merkel UNION-PRESIDENCE-MERKEL: The fight against the coronavirus will shape the German presidency of the EU, says Angela Merkel © Reuters / YVES HERMAN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS WILL SHAPE GERMAN PRESIDENCY OF THE EU, SAYS ANGELA MERKEL BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The severity of the economic crisis due to the coronavirus requires that a compromise on recovery be found this summer, said Wednesday the German Chancellor, whose country has just taken the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Both cases will now return to lower courts for months of more litigation. Trump wasn't thrilled with the outcomes, which leave him with considerable legal and political exposure -- but they do ensure that prosecutors and House Democrats will not get their hands on his tax and financial records until after the election. Since one of the goals of his Supreme Court challenge was to kick the cases past November, the President's lawyers did their job.

a group of people walking down the street © Mark Lennihan/AP Yasutoshi Nishimura, Shinzo Abe standing next to a man in a suit and tie: After a rancorous G7 summit in 2018 in Canada and a © Jesco Denzel/Bundesregierung/Getty Images After a rancorous G7 summit in 2018 in Canada and a "somewhat depressing" outcome, Merkel's office released this photo.

Merkel does not guarantee that an agreement on the European stimulus fund will be concluded on Friday .
© T. Schwarz / AFP Angela Merkel Angela Merkel said on Monday that she cannot be able to guarantee that the member states of the Union will succeed to an agreement on the European stimulus fund at a Council meeting to be held at the end of the week. Angela Merkel said on Monday that she could not guarantee that the member states of the Union will reach an agreement on the European stimulus fund at a council to be held at the end of the week. "Divergences persist.

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