Francois Hollande and his lame duck administration came to Berlin to meet Angela Merkel and her government for a complete French-German administration consultation. Photos below.
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.
Angela Merkel waits for Francois Hollande at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.
Francois Hollande stroll through the courtyard at the German Federal Chancellery.
the gang’s all here: the complete French and German administrations pos fore a family photo. Merkel and Hollande got something a bit backwards.
The happy duo of Merkel and Hollande stroll to their press conference together.
Flags, Podiums, Politicians: Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel address the press together.
Francois Hollande at the press conference.
When press conferences go on too long, we get restless. The AFP photographer next to me was aiming for reflections in the glass, I went for his lens crossing Hollande towards Merkel.
According to the headlines, singer Udo Lindenberg waited 32 years for tonight. In 1983 he wrote Sonderzug Nach Pankow about taking a (special) train to Pankow, then in East Berlin. Evidently it was a reaction to not being allowed to play a concert in the East. Tonight, Udo Lindenberg’s dream came true: he got to ride his special train to Pankow. And special it was. So drunk he could hardly stand, he gave an interview with cigar in hand and waded through a crowd of fans, press and police to get on his way to his concert at the Ball Sall. The photos show just how special it was.
Udo Lindenberg giving an interview, pontificating with cigar.
Of goes Udo Lindenberg with hat, sunglasses and cigar.
Udo Lindenberg wading through the crowd.
Udo Lindenberg without his trademark sunglasses…and now we know why he allows keeps them on.
Udo Lindenberg sings the song with fans in front of U-Banhof Pankow
Udo Lindenberg chatting with fans in front of U-Banhof Pankow
Alexis Tsipras, the freshly minted Prime Minister of Greece, came to visit Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday evening. The meeting ranged from palpably tense to awkwardly humorous, but no real drama to speak of. Photos below.
Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras start their press conference.
Alexis Tsipras, deep in thought.
Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras at their press conference.
Merkel is thinking, “hey, he’s stealing my hand thing!”
The press conference ended without incident.
Angela Merkel strolls through the yard at the chancellery.