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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
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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.

May 6, 2012

Merkel’s party in dead heat in state vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives stood neck-and-neck with the rival Social Democrats (SPD) in an election in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, projections showed on Sunday, pointing to weeks of tough coalition talks to form a government.

German TV network ARD projected Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) on 30.6 percent, their worst result in the state since 1950, and the SPD on 29.9 percent based on exit polls after the voting stations closed at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT). The result would give both parties 22 seats in the 69-seat assembly.

May 5, 2012

Merkel’s party set for photo finish in state vote

BERLIN, May 6 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives face
a photo-finish state vote in Germany’s north on Sunday, knowing
that losing power in Schleswig-Holstein could give vital
momentum to the opposition and dent the chancellor’s 2013
re-election hopes.

Merkel’s resolute stance through the dramas of the euro zone
crisis has left her personal popularity intact. But her national
centre-right coalition is in jeopardy after a slump in public
support for her junior coalition partners, the Free Democrats
(FDP), due to their infighting and prickly leaders.

May 4, 2012

Russia talk of pre-emptive strike unjustified

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Kremlin threat to launch pre-emptive strikes on a planned NATO missile defence system in Europe is unjustified as the system poses no threat to Russia’s security, the head of the Atlantic alliance said on Friday.

NATO has long insisted that the anti-missile shield it is developing is aimed at protecting member states from a possible Iranian attack, but Russia says it fears the system could undermine the effectiveness of its own nuclear arsenal.

May 4, 2012

NATO: Russia talk of pre-emptive strike unjustified

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Kremlin threat to launch pre-emptive strikes on a planned NATO missile defense system in Europe is unjustified as the system poses no threat to Russia’s security, the head of the Atlantic alliance said on Friday.

NATO has long insisted that the anti-missile shield it is developing is aimed at protecting member states from a possible Iranian attack, but Russia fears the system could undermine the effectiveness of its own nuclear arsenal.

May 4, 2012

Russia talk of pre-emptive strike unjustified: NATO

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Kremlin threat to launch pre-emptive strikes on a planned NATO missile defence system in Europe is unjustified as the system poses no threat to Russia’s security, the head of the Atlantic alliance said on Friday.

NATO has long insisted that the anti-missile shield it is developing is aimed at protecting member states from a possible Iranian attack, but Russia fears the system could undermine the effectiveness of its own nuclear arsenal.

May 3, 2012

North German cliffhanger holds clues to Merkel’s fate

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives face a struggle to retain power in Germany’s windswept north this Sunday, knowing a defeat in Schleswig-Holstein’s state election could give vital momentum to the opposition and dent the chancellor’s 2013 re-election hopes.

Merkel’s calm, resolute stance through the dramas of the euro zone crisis has left her personal popularity intact. But her national centre-right coalition is in jeopardy after a slump in public support for her junior coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), due to their infighting and crotchety leaders.