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Feb 3, 2013

Barak says reported Syria strike shows Israel is serious

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday an attack on a Syrian arms complex showed Israel was serious about preventing the flow of heavy weapons into Lebanon, appearing to acknowledge for the first time that Israel carried out the strike.

Israel has maintained official silence over Wednesday’s raid, which Syria said targeted a military research center north-west of Damascus.

Feb 3, 2013

U.S. shale gas revolution throws down the gauntlet to Europe

MUNICH, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The United States is enjoying an
energy bonanza thanks to shale gas, making it a magnet for
industry, reducing import dependence and challenging Europe as
it battles to dig itself out of recession, energy officials say.

Panelists at a weekend security conference in Munich warned
Europe must develop a strategy on how to tap its own resources
in order to keep energy costs competitive, or risk seeing
power-intensive industries locate elsewhere.

Jan 30, 2013

Egypt curfew scaled back as Mursi seeks end to bloodshed

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities scaled back a curfew imposed by President Mohamed Mursi, and the Islamist leader cut short a visit to Europe on Wednesday to deal with the deadliest violence in the seven months since he took power.

Two more protesters were shot dead before dawn near Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Wednesday, a day after the army chief warned that the state was on the brink of collapse if Mursi’s opponents and supporters did not end street battles.

Jan 30, 2013

Merkel urges Egypt’s Mursi to hold crisis dialogue

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Egypt’s Islamist president on Wednesday to open a dialogue with all political forces in the crisis-ridden Arab country after a week of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany to try to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, but in a sign of the political tensions back home, he restricted his trip to a few hours and cancelled a planned Paris leg.

Jan 30, 2013

Mursi heads to Germany on trip cut back by Egypt crisis

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany on Wednesday to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, leaving behind a country in crisis after a wave of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

The Egyptian army chief warned on Tuesday that the state was on the brink of collapse if political factions did not end the street battles that have resumed two years after the revolt that toppled long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Jan 29, 2013

Mursi due in Germany on visit shortened by Egypt crisis

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi is to leave Egypt’s political crisis behind on Wednesday with a short trip to Germany to seek urgently needed foreign investment and convince Europe of his democratic credentials.

But with the Egyptian army chief warning on Tuesday that the state was on the brink of collapse after days of lethal street violence, Mursi cancelled plans to go on to Paris from Berlin and will instead hurry back to Cairo later in the day.

Jan 21, 2013

Strategy lessons for Merkel in German state vote

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – If Angela Merkel’s conservatives
draw any lesson from the latest election setback in Lower Saxony
state for her bid for a third term as chancellor, it is this:
don’t bet that her popularity will automatically translate into
votes.

Encouraged by half-Scottish state premier David McAllister’s
confident campaign, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) thought
they could afford to give supporters tacit approval to split
their ballots to save their struggling Free Democrat (FDP)
allies.

Jan 10, 2013

German minister raps Catholic bishops over abuse study

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s justice minister said on Thursday the country’s Roman Catholic Church appeared to be shrinking from independent scrutiny after bishops sacked a top criminologist they had hired to investigate clerical sexual abuse.

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said the German bishops had initially committed to an outside study after devastating abuse revelations in 2010 which saw 600 people file claims against priests, but said they now seemed to want to control which findings would be published.

Jan 9, 2013

Merkel says Cyprus aid talks to take time, German MPs uneasy

BERLIN, Jan 9 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Wednesday she expected talks on a bailout deal for
Cyprus to take time, while a senior member of her coalition said
parliament was not yet ready to approve any financial aid.

Cyprus, whose economic woes stem from its banks’ heavy
exposure to crisis-racked Greece, requested financial help from
the European Union and the International Monetary Fund last
June. It is not yet clear when the aid will be finalised.

Jan 6, 2013

Infighting mars rally for Merkel’s FDP partners before state vote

STUTTGART (Reuters) – Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) struggled to show a united front on Sunday just two weeks before a crucial state election, which could see their leader booted out if they fail to win enough support to gain Lower Saxony assembly seats.

The junior partner in Merkel’s center-right government is also in danger of missing the threshold for representation in the national parliament in September’s federal election, which would leave the Chancellor having to form a coalition with either the opposition Social Democrats or the Greens.