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Mar 5, 2012

Thousands protest sweeping solar cuts in Berlin

BERLIN, March 5 (Reuters) – Thousands gathered in
Berlin on Monday to protest looming cuts to solar power
incentives, which the solar industry says will reduce the market
for new installations in Germany, the world’s largest, to just a
quarter of its size and result in massive job losses.

Concerned by rapid growth in Germany’s solar sector, which
has seen the development of almost as much capacity as the rest
of the world combined, the government last month approved plans
to slash state-mandated incentives for photovoltaic electricity.

Mar 4, 2012

France’s Hollande unconcerned if Europe against him

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was unconcerned by a report that conservative European leaders had agreed to shun his campaign and he vowed to stick with his plan to renegotiate an EU budget treaty.

German weekly magazine Spiegel reported that Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s technocrat leader Mario Monti had agreed not to meet Hollande because of his opposition to the fiscal pact signed by 25 European leaders in Brussels last week.

Mar 4, 2012

Europe leaders in pact to shun France’s Hollande: media

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was unconcerned by a report that conservative European leaders had agreed to shun his campaign and he vowed to stick with his plan to renegotiate an EU budget treaty.

German weekly magazine Spiegel reported that Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s technocrat leader Mario Monti had agreed not to meet Hollande because of his opposition to the fiscal pact signed by 25 European leaders in Brussels last week.

Mar 3, 2012

Merkel faces challenge at home on fiscal pact

BERLIN, March 3 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela
Merkel faces an unexpected challenge in getting new euro zone
budget discipline rules approved at home, after the government
confirmed on Saturday the new treaty would require a two-thirds
majority in both houses of parliament.

That will leave Merkel depending on opposition parties, who,
despite having backed her in the past on a second Greek bailout
package and extended powers for the euro zone’s bailout fund,
are likely to demand concessions in exchange for their support
such as growth stimulus measures.

Feb 27, 2012

Merkel resists conflicting pressures in Greek vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament was set to endorse the latest Greek bailout on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected both domestic pressure to stop throwing good money after bad and international pleas to boost Europe’s crisis defences.

The world’s leading economies in the G20 piled pressure on Berlin at the weekend to drop opposition to a bigger European bailout fund, telling Europe it must put up extra money if it wanted more help from other countries.

Feb 27, 2012

Merkel torn by conflicting pressures in Greek vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament was almost certain to endorse a second Greek bailout on Monday but Chancellor Angela Merkel was torn between domestic pressure to stop throwing good money after bad and global calls to boost Europe’s crisis defenses.

The world’s leading economies in the G20 piled pressure on Berlin at the weekend to drop opposition to a bigger European bailout fund, telling Europe it must put up extra money if it wanted more help from other countries.

Feb 23, 2012

Germany asks neo-Nazi victims’ families for forgiveness

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel apologised to the relatives of victims of a neo-Nazi killing spree on Thursday, asking for their forgiveness for botched investigations that left their murderers undetected for more than a decade.

Merkel addressed the families of the victims – eight Turks, a Greek and a German policewoman – at a memorial service, calling the crimes a disgrace and an attack on German democracy.

Feb 4, 2012

U.S. Army in Europe eyes greater partner training

MUNICH (Reuters) – The U.S. military, which is cutting its presence in Europe, plans to expand its training of European partners to cope with new threats posed by interlinked criminal and militant networks smuggling weapons and drugs, said the U.S. commander in Europe.

The United States is withdrawing two Army combat brigades from Germany, reducing the size of its force by around 7,000 soldiers. The cuts, announced by the Pentagon last month, are part of a new U.S. strategy aiming to create a leaner military costing it $487 billion less over the next decade.

Feb 4, 2012

McCain ruffles Beijing with talk of Chinese Arab Spring

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain warned China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun on Saturday that “the Arab Spring is coming to China” and highlighted the number of Tibetans burning themselves to death in his country.

Zhang, speaking with McCain on a panel at the high-level Munich security conference, dismissed his comments about a looming Chinese Arab Spring as “no more than fantasy” and condemned foreign interference in Chinese internal affairs.

Jan 27, 2012

German Angst as U.S. troops bid “Auf Wiedersehen”

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (Reuters) – Walter Brunner, a lively 82-year old whose blue baseball cap matches the color of his eyes, leans across a red leather booth at the American-style diner in this southern German town and tries to make light of the looming pullout of U.S. troops.

“We Germans fought for the Russians to go, now we are fighting for the Americans to stay,” jokes Brunner, chairman of the German-American contact club in Grafenwoehr, whose lifeblood is its U.S. military base.