Angela Merkel

Anger as Merkel fails to respond over Duggan

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The Board of Deputies has criticised the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for ignoring a letter requesting an independent investigation into the death of Jeremiah Duggan.

Mr Duggan was 22 when he was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.

The original police investigation concluded


Germany and Israel: a very special relationship

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2015

In a recent New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, interviewees who know her well said that nearly all her principles were "negotiable". They also said that one of the few values on which she is unbending is her support for Israel.


Praise for Merkel's 'moral voice' on hate

By Oliver Bradley, September 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal, powerful broadside against antisemitism at a rally in Berlin on Sunday garnered praise from all corners of the Jewish world.


Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.


Merkel must do more on looted art

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on being awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction in Jerusalem this week. But well deserved as the honour may be, there is one field in which Germany and Chancellor Merkel deserve no medals, only brickbats: returning property stolen from German Jews to its rightful owners.


Board welcomes Angela Merkel

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2013

Angela Merkel’s historic third election victory was warmly greeted by European Jewish leaders this week — and the Board of Deputies is to mark her support of Germany’s Jewish community.

Board leaders hope she will accept a special award in person, having issued an invitation for her to become the first German chancellor to visit them.


Angela Merkel honoured for opposing antisemitism

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry by the Conference of European Rabbis.

At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday Ms Merkel was honoured for her support of the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti s emitism throughout Europe.


Amazon cuts links to ‘neo-Nazi’ German security staff

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Online retailer Amazon has severed all ties with German security firm HESS following allegations that the protection company has neo-Nazi links and that some of its black-clad, shaven headed employees were intimidating the website’s seasonal workers.

A documentary on German TV channel ARD alleged that HESS guards were mistreating Amazon’s foreign temporary employees at their hostels.


Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.


'Jewish gene' banker may lose job

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

A German banker who faced public outcry for claiming that “all Jews share a particular gene” is expected to lose his seat on the board of the country’s central bank.

Members of the Bundesbank board criticised Thilo Sarrazin for his inflammatory remarks about Jews and Muslims and voted unanimously to fire him.

The decision is expected to go ahead but must be approved by Christian Wulff, Germany’s federal president.