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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.

Jul 21, 2014

Turkey’s Kurdish candidate says peace does not hinge on Erdogan

BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s peace process with Kurdish militants will go on whether or not Tayyip Erdogan wins the presidency in August, his pro-Kurdish rival said, but he declined to reveal whether he would back the prime minister in the event of a second-round run-off.

Selahattin Demirtas, the presidential candidate for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is running a distant third in the polls. He left unclear which of the leading candidates he might support.

Jul 7, 2014

German industrial output posts surprise slump in May

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s industrial output fell 1.8 percent on the month in May, its biggest drop in more than two years, as holiday days ate into working hours, construction slumped and geopolitics weighed, casting a shadow on its role as euro zone motor.

The drop was a surprise and sent the euro weaker – the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll was for industrial output to be unchanged. The economy ministry also slightly downwardly revised April data to -0.3 percent from a previous -0.2 percent.

Jun 29, 2014

‘Grieving Parents’ statues wend way across Europe for war dead

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German Expressionist sculptor Kaethe Kollwitz, whose work was so anti-war the Nazis banned it, labored for 15 years to express in stone her grief at losing her 18-year-old son Peter at the start of World War One.

“Grieving Parents,” the set of statues she finally placed at his grave in Flanders in 1932, has now inspired a memorial tour from Belgium to Russia that Germany has organized to honor the dead of that conflict and the Second World War that followed it.

Jun 18, 2014

Jihadists back from Syria are ‘deadly danger’ to Europe, Germany warns

BERLIN (Reuters) – Battle-hardened jihadists returning from Syria’s civil war are no longer an ‘abstract threat’ but a ‘deadly danger’ to Europe, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday.

An estimated 2,000 Europeans, including some 320 German citizens, have travelled to Syria to fight alongside Islamist rebels, he said while presenting the German domestic intelligence service’s (BfV) annual report.

May 23, 2014

Erdogan visit brings Turkey’s divisions to streets of Cologne

BERLIN (Reuters) – A visit by Tayyip Erdogan to Cologne on Saturday to address thousands of expatriate Turks threatens to bring Turkey’s political tensions to German streets, despite an appeal by Chancellor Angela Merkel for him to adopt a sensitive tone.

Some German lawmakers are concerned by what they see as Erdogan’s inflammatory language and authoritarian behavior in dealing with demonstrations and in handling a corruption scandal that touched on former ministers. His expected candidacy in August presidential elections could further raise passions.