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West Balkan Leaders Await Merkel’s Farewell Tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Serbia and Albania shortly before her long-lasting mandate as head of German's government comes to an end.

The gesture is seen as giving significance to the six Western Balkan countries, although none of them managed to join the EU club during Merkel's term, which began in 2005.

Angela Merkel to Visit Moscow on August 20, Talks’ Focus on Ukraine, Belarus and Afghanistan


Afghanistan, Belarus and Ukraine will be the focus of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Moscow on Friday, August 20, Germany's Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday.

"It will definitely be about major international issues: the conflict in eastern Ukraine, for which Russia can do more than it is doing, and Belarus," he said.

Bulgaria Reportedly Considering Extraditing German National to Turkey

Bulgarian judges are considering extraditing a German-Turkish citizen who has been under house arrest in a Bulgarian hotel since Sept. 5, Deutsche Welle reported.

The dual national, identified only as Mehmet Y., was taken into custody upon his arrival with his wife in Varna, a seaside resort in Bulgaria.

German government condemns President Erdoğan's Nazi remarks

Germany's government has condemned remarks by Turkey's president accusing officials of "Nazi practices," days after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a meeting there.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's statements "absolutely unacceptable."

German Govt Endorses Military Mission to Back Anti-IS Fight in Syria

Germany's government on Tuesday approved plans to provide military support to the international operation against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, DPA reported.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government is planning to deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refuelling tanker aircraft, a frigate as well as sending 1,200 German troops as part of the mission.

Germany's Merkel 'to Run for 4th Term' in 2017

Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term as head of Germany's government in the 2017 elections, Der Spiegel reports.

Sources quoted by the prominent weekly suggest that Chancellor Merkel has already discussed her campaign with members of the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), but is not to announce her bid before the beginning of 2016.