Sunday 22 April 2018 ,
Sunday 22 April 2018 ,
Latest News
  • US-Bangla finds ‘inconsistencies’ in Nepal’s plane crash probe report
  • Khaleda’s treatment outside jail after consultation with doctors: Minister
  • Early rains put Rohingyas at risk; trigger funding concerns
  • DU teachers form human chain demanding students’ security
  • BNP demands Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital
1 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Print

Merkel declares Europe top priority for new govt

AFP
Merkel declares Europe top priority for new govt

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Germans that European co-operation is “the decisive question of the coming years” in a New Year’s Eve broadcast yesterday, as her conservatives eye tricky coalition talks, reports AFP.

Merkel will say that “27 states in Europe must be persuaded more strongly than ever to hold together as a community,” according to a script of the annual televised address released by her office.

Britain is on course to leave the bloc in March 2019 after last year’s referendum vote for Brexit—leaving the European Union with 27 members.

As for Germany, its “future is bound indivisibly with the future of Europe,” the chancellor will declare, recalling that Berlin hopes to work with France’s pro-European President Emmanuel Macron to future-proof the EU.

“The question will be whether we Europeans can represent our values inwardly and outwardly, with self-confidence and with solidarity,” she will add.

Brexit and fights over upholding democratic norms and sharing responsibility for refugees are weighing on continental cooperation.

Europe must be economically strong and fair, as well as able to “protect our external borders and the security of our citizens,” according to the text. Merkel and Macron vowed in mid-December to deliver a plan to reform the 19-nation euro single currency area.

Divisions persist among eurozone members, with wealthy northern countries such as Germany, Finland and the Netherlands loath to accept risk-sharing with states they see as less fiscally disciplined like France, Spain or Italy.

At home, Merkel is exploring a possible coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats in order to form a government after a tricky election in September.

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
BNP yesterday asked Awami League to justify its opposition to army deployment during national polls. Do you support the BNP call?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 72.9%
No 24.3%
No Comment 2.9%
Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
01020304050607
08091011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930
More Worldwide stories

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting