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Jun 8, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Stasi and spies – a fan’s life under Socialism

WARSAW, June 8 (Reuters) – When Hans-Christian Maass
travelled from East Berlin to Warsaw four decades ago to watch
West Germany play Poland he thought he was seizing a rare chance
to see some of the finest footballers in a generation.

East Germany’s Communist authorities viewed the then
21-year-old’s trip very differently.

Jun 7, 2012

Insight: Crisis doubts take root among German firms

ALPEN, Germany (Reuters) – The ploughs that made German farm machinery firm Lemken its name line the factory forecourt like a row of modernist sculptures, with jutting spokes and sinister-looking blades.

Based in an agricultural region close to the Dutch border, this is an archetypal German “Mittelstand” company, family-owned over seven generations and still catering to the same farmer clientele served by its founder, blacksmith Wilhelmus Lemken, in 1780.

Jun 7, 2012

Crisis doubts take root among German firms

ALPEN, Germany, June 7 (Reuters) – The ploughs that made
German farm machinery firm Lemken its name line the factory
forecourt like a row of modernist sculptures, with jutting
spokes and sinister-looking blades.

Based in an agricultural region close to the Dutch border,
this is an archetypal German “Mittelstand” company, family-owned
over seven generations and still catering to the same farmer
clientele served by its founder, blacksmith Wilhelmus Lemken, in
1780.

May 22, 2012

“Elite” asparagus conquers Germany’s former East

BEELITZ, Germany, May 22 (Reuters) – Present a spear of
finger-thick white asparagus to a German and watch her eyes
light up.

Come spring-time each year Germans shed their typically
sober attitude towards food to swoon over the freshness, the
flavour and the girth of their asparagus.

May 15, 2012

Germany saves euro zone from recession, split deepens

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany pulled the euro zone’s economy back from the brink of recession at the start of 2012 but stagnation in France and contraction in southern Europe underlined sharply differing fortunes in a bloc laboring under the effects of austerity.

Overall gross domestic product was unchanged in the first quarter following a dip at the end of last year, data showed on Tuesday, meaning that the euro zone missed slipping officially into recession by the narrowest possible margin.

May 15, 2012

German economy shines through Greek euro shadow

BERLIN (Reuters) – Stellar exports powered Germany to surprisingly strong growth of 0.5 percent in the first quarter, cementing hopes that Europe’s largest economy can underpin the euro zone, though poor investor sentiment data warned of Berlin’s continued vulnerability.

Germany bounced back from a contraction of 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter, comfortably shaking off recession fears and beating even the highest forecast in a Reuters poll of 41 economists. Demand for its high quality goods, particularly from outside Europe, reached a record monthly level in March.

May 15, 2012

Euro zone economy avoids recession but split grows

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany pulled the euro zone’s economy back from the brink of recession at the start of 2012 but stagnation in France and contraction in southern Europe underlined sharply differing fortunes in a bloc laboring under the effects of austerity.

Overall gross domestic product was unchanged in the first quarter following a dip at the end of last year, data showed on Tuesday, meaning that the euro zone missed slipping officially into recession by the narrowest possible margin.

May 15, 2012

German economy powers on, French growth evaporates

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany’s economy confounded expectations by posting robust growth in the first quarter of the year while France could summon up none at all, data showed on Tuesday.

Gross domestic product in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, rose by 0.5 percent on the quarter, bouncing back from a 0.2 percent slide in the last three months of 2011. France’s economy stagnated, although it grew slightly at the end of last year.

May 7, 2012
via FaithWorld

Salafis attack and injure 29 German police in clash during anti-Islam demo

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(Salafis in Germany cite freedom of religion to allow them to distribute free copies of the Koran, as here on Potsdamer Platz square in downtown Berlin, April 14, 2012. Other Salafis later attacked Bonn police trying to keep order when far-right protesters invoke their right to protest against them. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

Ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims turned on police protecting anti-Islam protesters in the western German city of Bonn, injuring 29 officers, two of them seriously, police said in a statement on Sunday.

May 6, 2012

Merkel’s party may lose power in northern German state

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were in danger of being ousted from power in another German state on Sunday after the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) said they wanted to form a three-way coalition with two smaller centre-left parties.

The Christian Democrats’ (CDU) vote fell to 31 percent, their worst result in the state since 1950, but they were still just the largest party in the rural region between the Baltic and North Seas, a projection by Germany’s ARD TV network showed.