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Ash cloud forces Merkel to overnight in Lisbon

DPA/The Local · 16 Apr 2010, 16:35

Published: 16 Apr 2010 11:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Apr 2010 16:35 GMT+02:00

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The chancellor and her delegation were scheduled to return at 3:30 pm at Berlin’s Tegel Airport, but her plane was rerouted to Lisbon at the last minute to avoid the dangerous cloud of ash.

Merkel’s flight home is not expected to leave until Saturday morning, a government spokesperson said.

She is on her way back from San Francisco, the last stop on a four-day trip to the United States which included a tour of California following a nuclear security summit in Washington, DC.

The ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano could also create delays for Merkel’s plans to attend the state burial of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash along with dozens of others in Russia last weekend.

Poland has also closed its air space indefinitely as the ash moves across the European continent.

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11:43 April 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
She should have stayed in San Francisco for a few more days. It's much more pleasant than Berlin.

Now, having seen the havoc caused by this migrating volcanic ash, imagine what would happen if Iran (or some other lunatic organization) detonated a nuclear weapon.
14:03 April 16, 2010 by William Thirteen
we can party all weekend til Merkel gets back!
15:01 April 16, 2010 by Portnoy
In Europe, proooooof, we don't have to imagine something like that because we lived through Chernobyl, which I think poses a much bigger threat than a saber rattling douchebag.
16:36 April 16, 2010 by Celeon
@ Prufrock2010

For a cloud of that size and rise of height you would need to ground detonate a hydrogen nuke of a yield that is decades beyond Iran's current industrial capacities or know-how.

Now back to that party without Merkel *puts party hat on*
17:35 April 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I was in Italy during the Chernobyl incident. That radiation exposure turned me into the commie pinko socialist Marxist fascist liberal that i am today. At least that's what Glenn Beck told me.
18:06 April 16, 2010 by Hebbellover
@ Prufrock2010 if you are what europe is all about I say the Turks can have it!
18:47 April 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Hebbellover:

Glenn Beck is in Europe now??!! Or are you just channeling him?
19:17 April 16, 2010 by FreiburgandCambridge
Merkel should have stayed on the other part of Iceland where the volcano isn't, I bet the hotel prices are much cheaper there...
19:17 April 16, 2010 by Frenemy
"channeling" him? haha...

some of us around here are rattling things with a much wider girth than a boody saber my friend ;-)
20:11 April 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Frenemy:

"some of us around here are rattling things with a much wider girth than a boody [sic] saber my friend ;-)"

Care to elucidate?
21:13 April 16, 2010 by wmm208
Perhaps Chancellor Merkel can preach to the Portugese that Berlin will not pay one dime of German taxpayers to bailout the Portugese in a few months when they need money also. Then "buckle" at the last moment and subsidize them like Greece. I guess she was in California looking for homes since she will be casted away from Germany once she leaves office for German taxpayer bailouts.
00:56 April 17, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Have you ever priced a home in California? Even Merkel can't afford one.
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