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Oct 9, 2014

German exports plunge by largest amount in five-and-a-half years

BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports slumped by 5.8 percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another sign that Europe’s largest economy is faltering amid broader euro zone weakness and crises abroad.

The Federal Statistics Office said late-falling summer vacations in some German states had contributed to the fall in both exports and imports, but the figures still painted a gloomy picture for Germany following steep drops in industrial orders and output data earlier in the week.

Oct 9, 2014

German exports plunge by largest amount in 5-1/2 years

BERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) – German exports slumped by 5.8
percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the
global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another sign
that Europe’s largest economy is faltering amid broader euro
zone weakness and crises abroad.

The Federal Statistics Office said late-falling summer
vacations in some German states had contributed to the fall in
both exports and imports, but the figures still painted a gloomy
picture for Germany following steep drops in industrial orders
and output data earlier in the week.

Sep 22, 2014

Valls tells Germans France isn’t EU’s “sick child”

BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – France’s Manuel Valls used his
first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to
convince Germany his government is serious about making its
economy more competitive, declaring that France “is not the sick
child of Europe”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the reform steps he
outlined but said it was up to the European Commission to judge
whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its
public deficit down to EU treaty limits.

Sep 22, 2014
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German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

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(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )

German Muslims have condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer  and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 4, 2014

German museum holds show on departing Soviet troops

BERLIN (Reuters) – Museums usually show visitors a past securely consigned to history. The German-Russian Museum in Berlin is marking a harmonious event not long ago that hardly seems real when set against the tensions between the two countries today.

Twenty years ago this week, the last Soviet soldier left Germany after one of the biggest peacetime military maneuvers in history, a triumph of organization that ended the Soviet Union’s almost 50-year Cold War presence in old East Germany.

Aug 26, 2014

Berlin’s colourful mayor to announce resignation on Tuesday

BERLIN, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Berlin’s mayor Klaus Wowereit is
stepping down after 13 years running the city he once described
as “poor but sexy”, his reputation tarnished in recent years by
embarrassing delays and cost overruns to the German capital’s
new airport.

Sources in his party, the Social Democrats (SPD), said
Wowereit, who became a national celebrity by coming out as gay
during his first mayoral election campaign just as a newspaper
was planning to expose his sexuality, would announce later on
Tuesday that he plans to step down in December, nearly two years
before the end of his term. No reasons were given.

Aug 7, 2014

Weak German industry output adds to signs of second-quarter slowdown

BERLIN (Reuters) – German industrial output rose just 0.3 percent on the month in June, missing a forecast rise of 1.3 percent, as fears over the crisis in Ukraine weighed, adding to signals that Europe’s largest economy may have stalled in the second quarter.

June’s faint gain in output showed some recovery from May’s monthly fall of 1.8 percent, as construction activity picked up, but analysts said it was “too little, too late”.

Aug 7, 2014

Weak German industry output adds to signs of Q2 slowdown

BERLIN, Aug 7 (Reuters) – German industrial output rose just
0.3 percent on the month in June, missing a forecast rise of 1.3
percent, as fears over the crisis in Ukraine weighed, adding to
signals that Europe’s largest economy may have stalled in the
second quarter.

June’s faint gain in output showed some recovery from May’s
monthly fall of 1.8 percent, as construction activity picked up,
but analysts said it was “too little, too late”.

Jul 31, 2014

Turks abroad begin voting in landmark presidential election

BERLIN (Reuters) – Turks in Germany streamed into Berlin’s Olympic stadium on Thursday, seizing the chance to vote from abroad for the first time in an election Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make him Turkey’s first directly-elected president.

Turkey itself goes to the polls on Aug. 10 to choose between Erdogan and two opposition candidates. But expatriates – in the past allowed to vote only at Turkey’s borders – are casting their ballots over the next four days.

Jul 23, 2014

Germany promises change as arms sales draw scrutiny

BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) – For lawmaker Jan van Aken,
little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible
about Germany’s arms exports than the German and French-made
anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria.

From its serial number, he believes the 1970s MILAN rocket
was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez
al-Assad. After decades in a depot, it fell into the hands of al
Qaeda-linked militants in the uprising against Assad’s son
Bashar.