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Sep 22, 2013

German euroskeptics on the rise, liberals in decline

BERLIN (Reuters) – A new anti-euro party narrowly missed entering parliament in a German election on Sunday, drawing millions of voters with a euroskeptic message that may have laid the foundations for a strong challenge in a European Parliament vote next year.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), formed just seven months ago to tap into resentment in Europe’s biggest economy about bailouts for weak euro zone states like Greece, generated a late surge in support to score 4.8 percent.

Sep 17, 2013

Merkel turns tough on ally in countdown to German vote

MAGDEBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel warned cheering supporters in the eastern city of Magdeburg on Tuesday not to split their vote to save her Free Democratic (FDP) coalition partners, in a sign of raw nerves ahead of a tightly-contested German election on Sunday.

“We are separate parties with different policies and we have no votes to give away,” she told a rally in an old market square packed with supporters waving “Angie” posters and eating ice in her party’s orange campaign colors.

Sep 8, 2013

Shhhhhh! German parties appeal to voters’ aversion to noise

BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – “One in two Germans feels
troubled by noise,” Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU)
state in their election manifesto. “We want to change this”.

Germany already has some of the world’s most stringent noise
regulations and citizens only too eager to reprimand neighbours
for loud children or taking out rubbish too early on a Sunday.

Sep 4, 2013

German spy agency sees Assad behind gas attack, cites phone call

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Hezbollah official has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered a poison gas attack last month and that it considered the move a mistake which showed he was losing his grip, according to German intelligence.

Participants at a confidential meeting of German lawmakers on Monday said the head of the BND foreign intelligence agency told them it had intercepted a phone call believed to be between a high-ranking member of the Lebanese Shi’ite militant group and the Iranian Embassy in Damascus.

Aug 27, 2013

Syrian Kurdish leader doubts Assad would be ‘so stupid’ as to carry out gas attack

BERLIN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be “so stupid” as to use chemical weapons close to Damascus, the leader of the country’s largest Kurdish group said.

Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said he doubted the Syrian president would resort to using such weapons when he felt he had the upper hand in the country’s civil war.

Aug 26, 2013

Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack

BERLIN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be “so stupid” as to use chemical weapons close to Damascus, the leader of the country’s largest Kurdish group said.

Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said he doubted the Syrian president would resort to using such weapons when he felt he had the upper hand in the country’s civil war.

Aug 26, 2013

Merkel allies stage 11th-hour revival behind young leader

BERLIN, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Philipp Roesler, the young leader
of Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP), looked like a dead man
walking at the start of the year, until he took a major risk
that turned his and his party’s fortunes around.

His party, which shares power with Angela Merkel’s
conservatives, was in freefall, and rivals were planning a
putsch, fearful the FDP would be booted out of government in a
September election with Roesler at the helm.

Aug 23, 2013

Germany, Britain lead Europe’s nascent economic recovery

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Germany and Britain led growth among Europe’s heavyweight economies from April through June as both enjoyed their fastest rates of expansion in more than a year, data showed on Friday.

Although recession still haunts many of Europe’s major economies, like Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, analysts said the German and British data showed that at least two of the region’s major economic engines are moving into a higher gear.

Aug 23, 2013

Solid domestic demand fuels bumper growth in Germany

BERLIN, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Broad-based domestic demand drove
the strongest German quarterly expansion in more than a year
between April and June, fuelling optimism Europe’s largest
economy will outperform in 2013 and support the nascent euro
zone recovery.

Details released on Friday showed a construction flurry
after the harsh winter, firms’ strong appetite for machines and
equipment and healthy private consumption all underpinned a 0.7
percent quarterly rise in gross domestic product (GDP)

Aug 22, 2013

MPs find German security shamefully negligent on neo-Nazi cell

BERLIN (Reuters) – German security forces shamefully neglected the threat of the far right and their bungled investigations and prejudice enabled a neo-Nazi cell blamed for nine racist murders to go undetected for more than a decade, a parliamentary committee has concluded.

The stinging report came after a 19-month inquiry into the National Socialist Underground (NSU), whose chance discovery in late 2011 scandalized Germany and forced authorities to recognize the far-right fringe was more brutal and organized than previously thought.