BERLIN (Reuters) – Museums usually show visitors a past securely consigned to history. The German-Russian Museum in Berlin is marking a harmonious event not long ago that hardly seems real when set against the tensions between the two countries today.
Twenty years ago this week, the last Soviet soldier left Germany after one of the biggest peacetime military maneuvers in history, a triumph of organization that ended the Soviet Union’s almost 50-year Cold War presence in old East Germany.
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
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.
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”.
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
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”.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.