Irate Germany Summons Iranian Ambassador After Angela Merkel Plane Denied Access Over Iran Airspace For Two Hours

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It appears that even a Stuxnet-crippled Iran can strike back. As the WSJ reports, "Germany summoned the Iranian ambassador in Berlin Tuesday after Iran temporarily blocked a plane carrying German Chancellor Angela Merkel from entering its airspace" in what has the making of a major diplomatic scandal. Merkel, along with a large German delegation was en route to India for an official visit, and had expected to get an uncontested green light to fly in Tehran-controlled skies, when the permission was granted... for over two hours. NDTV has more: "In an incident that could have serious diplomatic consequences, Iran temporarily refused to allow German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane to enter its airspace on Tuesday. The plane reportedly had to circle over Turkey for two hours before being given permission to enter. The government aircraft was denied overflight rights in the early hours of Tuesday. The exact reason for the denial of overflight rights is unclear. But before the plane left Berlin on Monday evening, it was reportedly given permission by Iranian authorities. Germany along with the US and its other allies in NATO has long been at loggerheads with Iran essentially over its nuclear arms policy and alleged support to terror." Who could have possibly conceived that a country ostracized by the global community can possibly strike back. All we can say is that Air Force One better fly the friendly skies when it travels over the Middle East going forward or else it may be forced to discover just how efficient its flare and chaff Electronic Counter Measures truly are...

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Oh regional Indian's picture

Haha! She was in India today, meeting the Prime Minister.

All very shady stuff folks. When world leaders start flying around to meet each other a lot, something is coming up. Usually a phone call between secreteries suffices.

Secrets, secrets, so many secrets. Slush this and hush that.

i-rate, i-hate i-raq, i-ran, i-pad, i-pod, i-done...


SheepDog-One's picture

YEs exactly what Ive been thinking...never seen so many damn world leader whirlwind trips to meet and greet each other. Reminds me of the WW2 war movies I was watching yesterday. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Well SD1, all the world is a stage and it is being "set".


breezer1's picture

harper of the 51st state was in greece to show how to impose draconian taxes on a supposedly intelligent citizenry without encouraging revolt. 

i'm sure someone in the greek revenue ministry will be smart enough to consider that canada revolts only when the local hockey team loses.

BorisTheBlade's picture

When world leaders start flying around to meet each other a lot, something is coming up.

This, or Merkel is trying to push Eurofighter Typhoon in the deal of the century ( If I'm right, Sarkozy might be next to be banned from entering into Iran airspace en-route to India in the push to sell Rafale.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Yeah, interesting the Americans did not "get" that. 

That is usually it, dope or arms. 


Bagbalm's picture

Want to sell those fighters? Cut across Iran with a big assed flight of them for protection and forget asking. That will sel them!

Jalaluddin's picture

If one doesn't enter the purple passage on time it closes and maybe this is the problem; if so Angela should thank the Iranian Foreign Ministry for sorting everything out in just two hours as I think that normally the plane would have to land and the pilot fill in fresh paperwork, leaving Angela to drink tea with law-abiding people.

I presume it was a right proper pain for the Turks and maybe Iranians as they would need to close some airspace around the plane to comply with the protocol, so it really isn't clear to me who should be complaining and, of course, I am not holding my breath waiting for the mainstream press to fill me in on the facts.

quintago's picture

The Germans pulled the International Law card because Iran witheld approvals. This was meant to send notice of the geographical importance of Iran, in addition to underscore that the world can not pick and choose which international laws need to be respected.

Josh Randall's picture

Blitzkreig B!tchez!

GetZeeGold's picture


Hell hath no fury bitchez!


knukles's picture

Just wait till she gets groped by the TSA stateside.  She'll apply for citizenship.

pepperspray's picture

This article calls up some crazy adsense banner ads

SheepDog-One's picture

'Iranian personals', meet your Persian Princess here.

Cthonic's picture

Ha! Nothing like a little forward observing.

mfoste1's picture

well, since greece shit on germany, it looks like everyone is having their turn!

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

Let WW3 commence...people think of the advantages!

Love will feel real, we will be in touch with our most primal insticts, the strong shall no longer have the burden of the week on their backs, intellegence will be a virtue, music and poetry will stir passion... the only thing is, to pick a winning side. Personally, I'm going to head up onto my roof and painting it into a chinese flag, also tatoos of chinese, pakistani, and russian symbols might prove a life saver.


mayhem_korner's picture

Schlechter tag fur Deutschland

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

One simply can't 'see' Turkey in anything less than 2 weeks. Obviously Merkel is just a 3rd class tourist trying to 'do' Europe in under a week. Can't be done.


mr_T's picture

Black flag... Fools
Just waiting for their plan to come together..

speedy's picture

This must be bullish for stocks, or is it already priced in?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Looks like they're pricing it in this morning.

So Sue Me's picture

Thank you for the flash.

Bubbles the cat's picture
Bubbles the cat (not verified) May 31, 2011 8:22 AM

Yeah. Priced in. Well and truly. I'madinnerjacket doesn't do sanity. Wonder how long he's got.

knukles's picture

Is he realted to the other guy Andiwannahandjob?

Hexus's picture

Yeah his name can be twisted to sound like an article of clothing therefore he has no marbles, actually he is a very clever leader. Would you epect him to hug the snakes who want to destroy his country? "Hug and kiss some poisonous snakes!?"

Bubbles the cat's picture
Bubbles the cat (not verified) Hexus May 31, 2011 10:00 AM

Hmmm....well I wouldn’t wanna hug and kiss Angela Merkel either. But it’s not the same as hugging a mamba. And neither is permitting a prearranged crossing of Iranian airspace on the way to an official visit to India. If you’re looking to obstruct Merkel and German bankers and businessmen, you could do worse than criticize the policy of pushing German exports vs domestic demand, particularly within the debt ridden nations of the Eurozone.

I like snakes. I have met some of the most poisonous in the world. I find that if you leave them alone, they leave you alone.

tao400's picture

Anyone know how to make speedy's picture bigger?

Bubbles the cat's picture
Bubbles the cat (not verified) tao400 May 31, 2011 8:27 AM

I'm using my hand held magnifier......

unky's picture

i think germany has a much better relationship with iran than the u.s. 

its just that germany must follow all EU decisions and so they cant make a lot of business with Iran. without all those sanctions germany would have great business there

paulie's picture

Germany has important business going on with Russia too.

For some reasons nobody in Washington or Paris complains about that.

But as soon as us Italians tried to do business with Gaddafi they all started dropping bombs.

digalert's picture

Let those Iranians try that with the mighty man-child Barama.

All is chosen's picture

"Why all the fuss?" - asked my neighbour, a retired professor from Frankfurt. "Ange" (he loves the English, mildly demeaning, abbreviation), "is just a bit of bankster's rough from the east".

southsea13's picture

At least Merky wasn`t mistaken for a `hostile`, unlike these poor buggers:

Rusticus's picture

Iranians not buying assurances that  the German confetti bombs are destined for Greece ?

Azannoth's picture

If she was a man, the Iranians would not try to fuck with her :)

Bahamas's picture

Iranians must have read some ZH comments about her inFamous sour kraut farts and don't wish to try 'em on their noses.  

luciusfargo's picture

Good on the clerics for standing up to the mean international community. Iran is the kid at school ostracised for having thick glasses, about time they stood up to the bullies! Oh, just a sec, got some protesters to slay, brb with more airspace shenanigans LOL

PulauHantu29's picture


German Parliament passes emergency resolution to cut all Bratwurst exports off to Iran immediately!

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Maybe Barry could let Angie use a stealth bomber next trip...