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Angela Merkel may be
about to add yet another tri-
umph to her glittering career
and enter the German lan-
guage with a word of her
Merkelling looks set to be
named as the Youth Word of
the Year by the publishers of
the famous Langenscheidt
Merkeln, or "to Merkel", is
currently leading a national
poll organised by the pub-
lishers to choose the best ne-
ologism coined by young
people in 2015.
It is, however, not entirely
complimentary to the Ger-
The publishers website
gives the definition of
Merkelling as "to do nothing,
make no decisions, express
nothing of yourself."
It seems that German
youth is less than enamoured
of Mrs Merkel s famously
non-committal style of poli-
tics. An arch-pragmatist,
Mrs Merkel is known for pre-
ferring to react to events
rather following any political
ideology. ---The Telegraph
Russian officials deployed bulldozers, excavators,
and crushing equipment to mulch small mountains
of cheese and fruit yesterday as they began the
destruction of hundreds of tons of suspected
European food on the orders of Vladimir Putin.
The controversial decree to crush, burn, and bury
"contraband" EU cheese, meat, fruit, and other
products at border crossings around the country
was signed by Mr Putin last week, in a bid to
enforce a year-old embargo on Western food
imports introduced as a tit-for-tat for sanctions
The orgy of destruction began in the border city
of Belgorod, where state television showed a
bulldozer tearing into a seven-ton mound of
suspected EU cheeses. Other images showed
workers in the Ohrenburg region flinging
contraband produce into a vast pit dug into a landfill
The move has sparked widespread criticism in a
country where an estimated 20 million people live
in poverty and memories of devastating starvation,
including during the siege of Leningrad in the
Second World War, remain strong.
Egypt President Abdelfattah el-Sisi has unveiled a
major extension of the Suez Canal in a carefully
stage-managed ceremony celebrating his
government's "gift to the world."
Much of the country had been whipped into a
nationalist fervour ahead of the festivities, which
saw Sisi sailing up the channel on a presidential
yacht and waving to dance troupes performing
Clad in full military regalia, the 60-year-old former
army chief looked every inch the stylised
strongman, a reminder that he is once again the
focus of a cult of personality.
The $8.5 billion extension project was completed
on Sisi's orders in just 12 months, after experts
predicted it would take five years to build.
Addressing a crowd of dignitaries yesterday, Sisi
said the canal showed Egypt's ability to "efficiently
The sound of two horns boomed through the air
as he spoke, signalling that the canal was open for
business. (See Page A22) ---The Telegraph
BEIJING---Families aching for closure after
their relatives disappeared aboard Malaysia
Airlines Flight 370 last year vented deep
frustration yesterday at differing state-
ments from Malaysia and France over
whether the finding of a plane part had
"Why the hell do you have one confirm
and one not?" asked Sara Weeks of
Christchurch, New Zealand. Her brother,
Paul Weeks, was on the plane that disap-
peared March 8, 2014, while flying from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
"Why not wait and get everybody on the
same page so the families don t need to go
through this turmoil?" she said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
announced early yesterday that a plane
wing section found on the French island
of Reunion was "conclusively confirmed"
to be from Flight 370, saying he hoped the
news would end "unspeakable" uncertainty.
The announcement was in line with the
Malaysian conclusion that the plane crashed
in the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people
But French officials with custody of the
wing part said only that there were strong
indications the barnacle-encrusted part---
known as a "flaperon"---was from the flight
and that they would work further to try to
confirm the finding.
"After 17 months, we need definite
answers," Weeks said.
"We need to progress, get answers, move
toward further answers, and get some clo-
sure along the line."
About two-thirds of the passengers were
from China, and in Beijing, Xu Jinghong
said she could not understand why
Malaysian and French authorities did not
make their statements together.
"I am very angry---so angry that my
hands and feet are cold," Xu, 41, said in an
interview early yesterday outside her down-
"The announcement was made without
experts from France present. I don t under-
stand how the procedure can be like this."
For many relatives, any potential certainty
was diluted by the word from Paris, where
Deputy Prosecutor Serge Mackowiak said
the "very strong conjectures" that the wing
part was from the missing Boeing 777 still
needed to be "confirmed by complementary
analysis" that would begin later Thursday.
It was unclear whether the mix-up was
a result of miscommunication between the
two countries, differing notions of the bur-
den of proof, or whether Malaysian officials
were overeager to send out some definitive
signal for relatives of the missing.
In any case, a full confirmation of the
wing part wasn t likely to bring total closure
for relatives, with the rest of the plane and
the bodies still missing. (AP)
New verb 'to Merkel' means to dither or to do nothing
Egypt launches 'new
Suez Canal' celebration
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the
unveiling ceremony for the major extension of the
Suez Canal yesterday.
We need definite answers
Frustrated Flight 370 families:
law and three-
she and other
About a dozen
and a visa to
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