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Nov 8, 2013

Insight: Secretive art world let German hoarder hide in plain sight

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.

Nov 8, 2013

Secretive art world let German hoarder hide in plain sight

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.

Nov 4, 2013

Jewish group condemns German silence on huge art find

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.

Nov 1, 2013

Iranian Kurd leader says West shouldn’t be fooled by Rouhani

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.

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.