• Germany's news in English

Merkel pledges more EU sanctions against Syria

The Local · 14 Feb 2012, 17:49

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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.

Story continues below…

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.


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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

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

Nice one :-)
Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd