German authorities said several people were hurt but no one sustained life-threatening injuries
Michael Roth, a German deputy foreign minister, told the Die Welt newspaper Germany remains ‘prepared to talk’ but cannot remain silent when its citizens ‘are unjustly imprisoned.’
“The prosecutors’ investigations and the investigation by the NSA parliamentary committee have found no tangible evidence that US or British intelligence agencies undertook systematic and mass surveillance of German telecommunications and internet (usage) that is against the law,” said the prosecutors in a statement.
Germany, one of the few Western countries with a permanent embassy in Pyongyang, has advocated peaceful approaches to de-escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and criticised some of Trump’s more bellicose rhetoric regarding the potential nuclear flashpoint.
Until the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, confirms a new coalition, Merkel’s existing government remains in place.
The guarantor of German continuity for the country’s international role generally, and trans-Atlantic relations in particular, bears the name of Angela Merkel, who despite heavy losses for her party, was re-elected chancellor for a fourth consecutive time.
The sharing of false or misleading headlines and mass posting by automated social media “bots” have had little influence in Germany’s quiet campaign, government officials and political experts say.
US President Donald Trump has called the Iran deal “an embarrassment”, but Germany and other powers who also negotiated it with Iran fear its collapse could trigger a regional arms race.
The two main contenders of the election are two centrists from the dominant center-right and center-left parties: conservative incumbent Angela Merkel and social democrat Martin Schulz.
The election, despite its low pitch campaigns, is likely to be a watershed moment in German politics as no far-right party has managed to send delegates to the German Parliament since the defeat of the Nazis in 1945. This, in all probability, will change on Sunday.
Nearly 93 percent of reported anti-Semitic crimes were linked to far-right extremism, despite predictions that a large growth in the Muslim population since Europe’s 2015 migrant crisis could fuel attacks or discrimination against Jews.
Turkey, which says the killings of Christian Armenians during the First World War do not amount to genocide, already recalled its ambassador to Germany after parliament passed the resolution last year.
Leading AfD candidate Alexander Gauland denies they are Nazis, saying others only use the term because of the party’s popularity.
Wednesday’s expulsion is the first since Germany stopped deportation flights to Afghanistan following a bomb attack that partially destroyed the German embassy in Kabul on May 31.
Merkel’s rallies over recent weeks have frequently been marked by boos, whistles and other minor disruptions by groups of opponents. Someone threw two tomatoes at Merkel in Heidelberg on Tuesday and on Friday, tomatoes were thrown at her car as she arrived in Wolgast on the Baltic coast.