• Germany's news in English
 

Merkel pledges more EU sanctions against Syria

Published: 14 Feb 2012 17:49 GMT+01:00

The EU supports the Arab League's action to try to end the bloodshed in Syria and will "also support (it) through further sanctions", Merkel told reporters, speaking alongside Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi.

The 22-member pan-Arab bloc agreed Sunday to ask the United Nations to send a joint peacekeeping force to Syria, where activists say more than 6,000 people have died in a brutal crackdown on dissent since March.

The embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad swiftly rejected the initiative.

"What happens in Syria now is something that we in the Arab League should stop. The killing should stop," Arabi told reporters. "The main focus of the resolution that was adopted three days ago... was to stop the killing right now."

The EU plans to adopt a new round of sanctions against Assad's regime on February 27, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman Michael Mann.

Diplomats said last week that EU government representatives had endorsed three new measures, including an assets freeze against the central bank, a ban on Syrian phosphate exports and a prohibition on trading gold and gems.

The EU on Monday backed the Arab League call for a UN peacekeeping mission in Syria although France warned any foreign military action there would only worsen the situation.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

19:00 February 14, 2012 by carlm
Wow, more sanctions, this will really make Bashar Assad think twice about slaughtering more his countrymen.

What a shame Germans and Europeans lack the courage and conviction, not to mention military might, to do the right thing and go down and kill that monster. Typical liberals, real good about denouncing and hand wringing, not so good at doing the right thing. Thank God we've still got a potent military and millions of privately owned guns here in the US and don't have to rely on deadbeats like the Europeans.
22:19 February 14, 2012 by 1TruthTeller
From contacts in Syria, and you can take this or leave it. It doesn't change the facts: Syria is being assailed by US & israeli paid mercenaries, fact. The controlled media is portraying this as Assad murdering his people, a la Gaddafi, a la Hussein and a la whoever they don't like.

China and Russia know this, and refuse to play the game, and they're being unjustly criticized for it. This is just a step to get Iran, pure and simple.

100% of what is shown on the MSM is bovine excrement, and TheLocal is no better. That Angie Merkel says the BS she does on this issue shows that those who toe the US/israeli line on this are either willfully ignorant, or benefit from it. Pure and simple.

And while the German Foreign Minister stated of late that, in this current ME upheaval, he security of israel was of primary importance to Germany, he obviously spoke only for his cabal. I reckon most folks here don't care. If it's such a priority for Germany, then the message Berlin should drill into Avigdor Liebermann's head is simple: "Make peace with, and learn to get along with, your neighbours. And stop meddling in other peoples' countries."
22:29 February 14, 2012 by Englishted
@carlm

1 Take one of those private guns.

2 place in you mouth.

3 pull the trigger.

Thank you
22:34 February 14, 2012 by carlm
Thanks for clearing things up Truth Teller, sounds like you've got some real reliable contacts on the scene.
23:10 February 14, 2012 by bobmarchiano
Lets see Your telling me your going to freeze my assets on February

27th so I will be sure to move them before then.

HOW STUPID can the UN be and WHY is Germany and the EU taking

so long Just do it Today
05:57 February 15, 2012 by MunchingInMuenchen
How many European's does it take to screw in a light bulb? One - Angela Merkel. She stands still holding the bulb and all of Europe revolves around her.
08:12 February 15, 2012 by Englishted
MunchingInMuenchen

Nice one :-)
Today's headlines
'Blackfacing' is Anglicism of the Year
They may be collecting for charity, but this is not really OK. Photo: DPA

'Blackfacing' is Anglicism of the Year

"Blackfacing", used by Germans to describe white people painting their skin dark to mimic black people, has been named Anglicism of the Year by a jury of linguists. READ  

Cocaine-cop trial shakes Bavarian Alps
File photo: DPA

Cocaine-cop trial shakes Bavarian Alps

For 20 years no-one noticed that the head of the drug squad in Kempten, Bavaria, was on a personal rampage of narcotics- and domestic abuse - until his wife shopped him for the €250,000 brick of cocaine he had stashed. But the local population isn't buying the story. READ  

Merkel wishes Tsipras 'strength and success'
Photo: DPA

Merkel wishes Tsipras 'strength and success'

Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday and wished him "much strength and success" after his anti-austerity party's election victory. READ  

Refugees suffer over 200 attacks in 2014
Swastika graffiti at a refugee home in Bavaria with text reading "No asylum seekers". Photo: DPA

Refugees suffer over 200 attacks in 2014

Refugee NGOs' first annual report on violence against asylum seekers found that there were over 200 attacks on people and accommodation in 2014. READ  

'No German identity without Auschwitz'
President Gauck addressing the Bundestag on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Photo: DPA

'No German identity without Auschwitz'

President Joachim Gauck on Tuesday warned Germans against drawing a line under the Holocaust as the Bundestag (parliament) opened a day of commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. READ  

Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double
Manuel Neuer at the inauguration of his double in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double

Madame Tussauds' hottest new effigy was unveiled to the public in Berlin on Tuesday, costing a euro for each of the 150,000 hairs on keeper Manuel Neuer's head. Pity about the handball goal frame though… READ  

Railway union threatens strike over €2
EVG members outside a station during a 2013 strike. Photo: DPA

Railway union threatens strike over €2

As railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) continues negotiations with train drivers' union GDL, its other major union EVG has threatened a strike over pay differences between employees. READ  

Dresden tolerance concert draws 22,000
Photo: DPA

Dresden tolerance concert draws 22,000

As Pegida supporters and opponents clashed in Hanover, musicians threw a free concert in central Dresden on Monday evening to show another side to the city famous for spawning the anti-Islam movement. READ  

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz
"Work will set you free," the gate at Auschwitz-Birkenau tells inmates. Photo: DPA

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz

Chancellor Angela Merkel joined survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Berlin on Monday to open a series of events dedicated to the end of the Holocaust camp regime 70 years ago. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'Work I love and a rewarding family life'
Working mum photo: Shutterstock

'Work I love and a rewarding family life'

Melanie Fieseler is a British business/career consultant and coach, and founder of Berlin-based WorkSmart. She is on a mission to help ambitious mums like herself successfully combine motherhood with building a fulfilling and rewarding career or business. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
The rise and spread of Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Photo: DPA
Politics
The Local's report from Pegida's largest ever demonstration.
Sponsored Article
Top-notch tech boosts bilingual schools
National
Six stories that will rock Germany this year
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Dresden skyline and river by night. Photo: DPA
Politics
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
Photo: DPA
National
What were your favourite news stories of 2014?
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Photo: DPA
National
This German was abducted and tortured by the CIA
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Berlin
The Local's series on 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

1,806
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd