BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Spain has slumped 10 places to a
rank of 40 in a global index of perceived official corruption
after a spate of scandals in its ruling centre-right ruling
party and the royal family, watchdog Transparency International
In its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013, the anti-graft
organisation said Spain was the second biggest loser of points
alongside Gambia, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Libya. The only
country to tumble further was Syria, rocked by civil war.
BERLIN, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The phone hasn’t stopped ringing
at the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce since six world powers
reached a deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear programme,
opening the prospect that Iran can begin to shake off its
A strategically located country with massive oil and gas
reserves, an urgent need to overhaul its creaking
infrastructure, and a young population of 76 million is of
particular interest to export champion Germany, once Iran’s
largest trade partner.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives broke a party taboo on Wednesday in allowing Germans of foreign origin dual citizenship as part of a coalition deal with the Social Democrats, but Turks living in Germany said the planned reform did not go far enough.
The conservatives have long opposed allowing people born in Germany to hold both German citizenship and that of another non-European Union country and it proved one of the most contentious issues in the talks on forming a new government.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German jihadists are heading for Syria in increasing numbers, unencumbered by travel formalities and able to integrate quickly into foreign militant groups where Arabic is not needed, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence said.
Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the Bundesamt fuer Verfassungsschutz since 2012 (BfV), said intelligence officers knew of 220 German citizens fighting in Syria, but the actual number could be much higher, and had risen sharply this year.
BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) – On the doorbell of the apartment in Munich’s bohemian Schwabing district is a name once distinguished for architecture and music but infamous since the Nazi era by association with the plundering of art works owned by Jews: Gurlitt.
The discovery of hundreds of priceless paintings and drawings within has raised questions about how a man with such a red-flag surname – Cornelius Gurlitt – kept his secret for so long while selling works on the market.
BERLIN/MUNICH Nov 8 (Reuters) – On the doorbell of the
apartment in Munich’s bohemian Schwabing district is a name once
distinguished for architecture and music but infamous since the
Nazi era by association with the plundering of art works owned
by Jews: Gurlitt.
The discovery of hundreds of priceless paintings and
drawings within has raised questions about how a man with such a
red-flag surname – Cornelius Gurlitt – kept his secret for so
long while selling works on the market.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A Jewish group accused Germany on Monday of moral complicity in concealment of stolen paintings after it emerged authorities failed for two years to report discovery of a trove of art seized by the Nazis, including works by Picasso and Matisse.
Customs officials’ chance discovery of 1,500 artworks in a Munich flat owned by the reclusive elderly son of a war-time art dealer, was revealed in a report by news magazine Focus over the weekend.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of an armed Iranian Kurdish group says new President Hassan Rouhani is taking advantage of the West’s wary optimism towards him to step up pressure on citizens at home, particularly Kurds, and has markedly increased executions.
The election in June of Rouhani, a relative moderate and a former chief nuclear negotiator, has created a diplomatic opening between Iran and a group of six world powers which are trying to persuade it to curb its nuclear program.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has told Germany he is counting on international support to stop Washington’s ‘persecution’ of him for revealing the scale of its worldwide phone and Internet surveillance.
In an open letter to a country at the center of the row over U.S. spying on allies, Snowden said his revelations had helped to “address formerly concealed abuses of the public trust”.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor was willing to come to Germany to assist investigations into alleged U.S. surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Hans-Christian Stroebele, a legislator for the opposition Greens party, told German broadcaster ARD it was clear Snowden “knew a lot” and that he would share details of their surprise meeting including a letter from Snowden addressed to the German government and chief federal prosecutor on Friday.