Merkel cancels Israel trip due to Afghan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her planned trip to Israel on Aug. 28-30 due to the tense situation in Afghanistan, a government spokesperson said on Thursday. Both sides agree that the chancellor’s visit will be arranged at a later date, the spokesperson said. Continue Reading

Western countries should not interfere in Afghan: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that Western countries should not interfere in Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul, saying they must stop the irresponsible policy of imposing foreign values from abroad. Continue Reading

Merkel defends legacy on gender, climate with regrets

With just months to go before her 16-year leadership of Germany ends, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday defended her efforts to promote gender equality and curb climate change but expressed regret that some decisions, in hindsight, were made too late. Continue Reading

Merkel’s party faces tough election-year test in State polls

Two German states choose new legislatures on Sunday, the first major political test of a year in which a national election will determine who succeeds Chancellor Angela Merkel. The weekend votes come at a challenging time for the longtime leader’s party. Continue Reading

Covid-19 vaccinations for all Germans by summer end: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed that the government will make sure that every citizen is vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the end of summer. Continue Reading

Modi to address WEF’s Summit today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the World Economic Forum’s online Davos Agenda Summit on Thursday during which he will be speaking on a wide range of subjects, including India’s reform trajectory and increased usage of technology. Continue Reading