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Nov 1, 2013

Snowden writes to Germans to seek support in spy row

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”.

Oct 31, 2013

German MP meets Snowden, says he willing to come to Germany for inquiry

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.

Oct 25, 2013

Germany to send spymasters to U.S. over Merkel allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House on allegations that U.S. security officials tapped the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel has demanded action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words, following the accusations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) accessed tens of thousands of French phone records as well as monitoring her own private phone.

Oct 24, 2013

Merkel bugging would risk relations with U.S, say outraged Germans

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday over suspicions Washington may have bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and a leading German politician said a free trade deal would be hard to agree if the U.S. was infringing privacy.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s personal summons to the ambassador, a day after Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama to demand clarification, showed how seriously Berlin was taking the issue, which has caused outrage in Germany.

Oct 22, 2013
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Germany’s big-spending bishop calls meeting with Pope Francis “heartening”

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(An aerial view shows Limburg cathedral (R) and to the left the ensemble of the bishop of Limburg’s residence along the river Lahn October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay )

A German bishop under pressure to resign for spending around 31 million euros ($42 million) on a luxurious residence said he had been heartened by a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Monday.

Oct 20, 2013

Germany’s SPD backs coalition talks with Merkel, sets terms

BERLIN (Reuters) – Leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday, after promising to wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal pay and infrastructure investment.

Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming a new government can now begin on Wednesday, a month after an election saw her conservatives emerge as the biggest political force but needing a partner to form a majority.

Oct 20, 2013

Germany’s SPD back coalition talks with Merkel on conditions

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Leaders of Germany’s Social
Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start
coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday, after promising to
wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal
pay and transaction tax.

Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming
a new German government can now begin on Wednesday, a month
after an election saw her conservatives emerge as the biggest
political force but needing a partner to form a majority.

Oct 16, 2013

Germany’s Greens rule out further coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens ruled out any further coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives early on Wednesday, leaving the chancellor to focus on discussions with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in her efforts to form a new government.

After almost six hours of detailed policy discussions the Greens concluded they simply did not have enough in common with Merkel’s conservative bloc in areas such as energy, climate targets and taxation, to make further discussions fruitful.

Sep 30, 2013

Merkel plans to talk with SPD and Greens on coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel will hold preliminary coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday and also plans to meet with the Greens, as she tries to play her potential partners off against each other at the start of a tough horse-trading marathon.

The SPD are seen as the chancellor’s most likely partner, but they said on Monday they would not be rushed into a deal, suggesting the formation of a new government could drag on until January.

Sep 29, 2013

Schaeuble and taxes at stake in German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel will be asked to break an election pledge not to raise taxes in talks this week on a ‘grand coalition’ with the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) which could also threaten her influential finance minister.

The chancellor’s conservatives notched up their best result in more than two decades in last Sunday’s election but fell just short of a parliamentary majority, leaving Merkel in need of a partner. Her former allies, the Free Democrats (FDP), lacked enough support to return to parliament.