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Angela Merkel speaks out on Russia, in public interview



Former German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has defended her record when it comes to handling Vladimir Putin

Merkel says she has no reason to apologise for her response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine back in 20-14, during her first public interview since leaving office.

“Diplomacy isn’t wrong just because it hasn’t worked…I don’t blame myself.

At times like these, I feel as worried as many others do.

What happened was not just unacceptable, but also a major mistake from Russia.”

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Throughout her time as chancellor, she publicly opposed Ukraine joining NATO. This was during a period when Ukraine was plagued with corruption and other instabilities.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was also discussed in the interview, particularly referring to Germany’s reliance on Russia’s natural resources.

Merkel has previously been accused of leaving her nation vulnerable, by engaging in close business dealings with Russia.

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The Nord Stream 2 was built during her time as leader and later suspended by current Chancellor, Olaf Scholz when the European war began.

However, Germany is struggling to reduce its dependence on Russian energy sources, without inflicting economic harm on itself.

When it comes to European tensions, Merkel says Russia and the European Union are neighbours that cannot ignore each other and must co-exist.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history



The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000



Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions



Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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