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Nov 7, 2015

Row over refugees’ status reopens divisions in German government

BERLIN (Reuters) – Just two days after resolving a coalition row over how to handle a record influx of refugees, Germany’s ruling parties are embroiled in another spat over whether to limit the asylum rights of refugees from Syria.

The government was forced to clarify on Friday that its asylum policy for refugees from Syria remained unchanged after the interior minister said they would receive a modified refugee status and be barred from having family members join them.

Nov 6, 2015

Steep drop in German industrial output raises questions over euro zone growth

BERLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – German industrial output posted
its steepest drop in more than a year in September, raising some
concerns that Europe’s biggest economy may feel a year-end chill
from a slowdown in emerging markets.

The second straight fall in production, on the back of a
sharp decline in industrial orders in September, prompted
several economists to scale back their forecasts for German
growth last quarter.

Nov 6, 2015

German industrial output posts biggest drop in a year in Sept

BERLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – German industrial output posted
its steepest drop in more than a year in September, suggesting
Europe’s biggest economy may feel a year-end chill from a
slowdown in emerging markets.

The 1.1 percent drop announced on Friday was the second
consecutive monthly fall in production and defied expectations
in a Reuters poll for a rise of 0.5 percent.

Nov 5, 2015

German coalition agrees to speed up asylum process as influx hits record

BERLIN (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany’s ruling coalition parties, struggling with the biggest influx of migrants in decades, clinched an agreement on Thursday on how to speed up the asylum process for those with little chance of being allowed to stay.

The agreement followed weeks of infighting and came as official figures showed the number of new arrivals in Germany this year had hit almost 800,000 by the end of October – the total number the government had expected for all 2015.

Nov 4, 2015

Germany to retest VW cars as scandal pushes Berlin to act

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is to retest all Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) car models to gauge their genuine emissions levels after new revelations from the carmaker six weeks into its biggest-ever corporate scandal pushed the government to act.

Expressing his “irritation” with one of Germany’s biggest employers, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Wednesday that all current models sold under the VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands – with both diesel and petrol engines – would be tested for carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Nov 1, 2015

Exit now, pay later: Germany’s rushed farewell to nuclear power

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Nov 1 (Reuters) – When Chancellor Angela
Merkel called up the boss of Germany’s biggest power producer
RWE two days after the first explosion at Japan’s
Fukushima nuclear plant, there was no mention of a u-turn in her
energy policy.

Twenty-four hours later, Juergen Grossmann learnt through
the media that Merkel was planning to shut down the country’s
oldest nuclear plants and bid farewell to a technology she had
vowed was critical just six months earlier.

Oct 16, 2015

German parliament okays law to store telephone and Internet data

BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) – German telecom companies will be
obliged to keep telephone and Internet data for up to 10 weeks
to help fight crime under a new law passed by parliament on
Friday after a long political wrangle over possible
infringements of individuals’ rights.

Under the data retention law, companies will be required to
keep data on the timing and duration of telephone calls, as well
as online traffic through IP addresses. Location data from
mobile phones may only be stored for four weeks.

Oct 15, 2015

Germany rallies around Volkswagen in diesel emissions scandal

BERLIN (Reuters) – As a diesel emissions scandal grips Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), German politicians and regulators have handled the nation’s motoring icon with kid gloves in contrast to a crackdown by authorities in the United States.

In a bid to try and limit the damage to the cherished ‘Made in Germany’ brand, Chancellor Angela Merkel used a major speech last week to promise to stand by the auto sector, which provides one in seven German jobs.

Oct 11, 2015

Merkel’s deputy expects Germany to get over a million refugees in 2015

BERLIN/MAINZ (Reuters) – More than a million refugees will come to Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy said on Sunday, as a poll showed almost half of Germans believe she is handling the influx of asylum seekers badly.

German authorities are struggling to cope with the roughly 10,000 asylum seekers arriving every day. The German government still officially expects 800,000 asylum applications in 2015, while media say up to 1.5 million people could come.

Oct 10, 2015

Germany says firms set aside enough nuclear decommissioning funds

BERLIN (Reuters) – Operators of German nuclear power plants have set aside enough funds to pay for decommissioning the country’s reactors, the Economy Ministry said on Saturday, even though stress tests showed the potential cost could far exceed their provisions.

E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall are due to switch off their nuclear plants by a 2022 deadline set by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.