heir joint message was clearly that a humanitarian crisis at the doors of Europe can’t be ignored and will not go away on its own. They chided their neighboring European countries (all except for Sweden! They are behaving well) for not doing enough. Merkel insisted that Germany’s decision to control the borders again was not so that people can’t enter, but rather so that they are registered as asylum seekers right away.
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Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko hanging in Berlin
Today Angela Merkel met with the presidents of France and the Ukraine, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko, in Berlin. The theme of the day was obviously the ongoing conflict Ukriane’s east. It was a strong day for all three of the leaders: Hollande bestowed the Legion of Honor on the men who prevented a massacre on a high speed train and Merkel finally spoke out against the Nazis who are burning homes built for asylum seekers. For Poroshenko the day has historical significance: Today is the day on which Ukrainian independence (from the Soviet Union) is celebrated.
Photos: Artist Ai Weiwei in Berlin
Ai Weiwei met the Governor of Berlin and the press today. The artist arrived several days ago, traveling via Munich from China. Weiwei recently got his passport back from Chinese authorities, allowing him to leave China for the first time in years. His visit in Berlin is not explicitly political: his son lives here, he has a large studio space here, and has been offered a professorship at the art university here. But today, he met the Governor at City Hall and briefly said hi to the press.
Photos: Arnie the Governator Terminator Schwarzenegger in Berlin
Photos of the premiere of Terminator: Genisys in Berlin last night, staring Daenerys and The Governator. Somewhere between “I’ll be back” and “I’m too old for this shit”, Arnold smiled his way through fans, handshakes with terminators and even the governor of Berlin.
Over and out. Next up: The Queen in Berlin this week!
Photos: UK Prime Minister David Cameron visits Angela Merkel in Berlin
Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron had a working lunch with Angela Merkel in Berlin ahead of the upcoming G7 conference in Germany. The press conference focused of course on the EU – Cameron’s plans and the upcoming referendum. Journalists seemed mostly to care about FIFA and the World Cup, for a change. More of him in a few weeks when he’s back with The Queen.
Prime Minister of India Modi visits Angela Merkel in Berlin
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is spending a few days in Germany, first opening the Hannover Fair with Angela Merkel on Sunday and now officially in Berlin. Some photos of his reception below.
Photos: French and German Administration Consultation
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.
Photos of Udo Lindenberg: Sonderzug Nach Pankow
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.
Photos: Greek Prime Minister Tsipras visits Merkel in Berlin
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.
Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, visits Berlin
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, came to Berlin for a whirlwind 24 hour visit on 2 June 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel received him with military honors at the Federal Chancellory. They went off to talk, and then gave a press conference. A few hours later, Garibashvili met the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bode Museum on Museum Island. The evening was about giving back stolen cultural goods. To my great surprise, Georgia was giving back two books, part of a large collection recently found in the university library in Tiblisi. Silly me, I thought Germany might have some things it wanted to return.