BERLIN, Nov 12 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
denied on Friday she was planning to replace Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has been under growing pressure to step
down because of concerns his health is interfering with the job.
Speaking to German television ARD at a meeting of the Group
of 20 economic powers in Seoul, Merkel rejected a newspaper
report that she was preparing a cabinet reshuffle.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German police Tuesday intercepted a package containing explosives sent from Greece to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin after a series of parcel bomb attacks in Athens by suspected Greek guerrillas.
Addressed to Merkel personally, the suspect parcel was found in the mailroom of her chancellery while she was out of the country in Belgium, the government said.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday more people of immigrant stock should work for the state in Germany, where a fractious debate about the integration of Muslims has been raging for weeks.
Fueled by divisive comments about Turks and Arabs by central banker Thilo Sarrazin and his book “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany does away with itself), the country has been debating how to balance an economic need for more workers with growing public concern over integration of immigrants.
BERLIN, Oct 29 (Reuters) – German media offered guarded
praise for an agreement in Brussels to make limited changes to
the EU treaty, describing it as a compromise that bought time to
find a lasting remedy to debt woes that have plagued the bloc.
Under pressure from Chancellor Angela Merkel and French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, EU leaders in Brussels agreed that
changes were needed to create a permanent system to handle
sovereign debt problems and endorsed tougher budgetary rules,
including sanctions on profligate states. [ID:nLDE69I1FB]
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there could be no guarantee of stability in the euro zone without changes to the European Union treaty, brushing aside European Commission criticism of her plans.
Merkel, whose deal with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to press for changes to the bloc’s treaty to enforce tougher budgetary rules was branded “completely irresponsible” by a senior EU commissioner, struck a defiant tone in parliament ahead of an EU summit.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States has dropped out of the “top 20″ in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday.
Somalia was judged the most corrupt country, followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan at joint second-worst and then by Iraq, in the Berlin-based watchdog TI’s annual corruption perceptions index (CPI).
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – Protests over a new high-tech rail project in a hub of German industry have pitted the ruling elite against an unlikely coalition of engineers, punks and even a masked woman with deer antlers on her head.
The demonstrators in central Stuttgart against a plan to redevelop the city’s train station have become a common sight in a local campaign that has swelled into a broad protest movement threatening to engulf Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
By Dave Graham
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters Life!) – Spend a couple of hours overdubbing a scene from Star Wars for a laugh, post it online, and you may end up with so many work offers that you’ll wish you were in outer space. Just ask Dominik Kuhn.
Since Kuhn spent “two hours, at most” one morning redubbing a tiny part of the popular science fiction film and uploaded it onto video sharing website Youtube, marketing executives have flocked to hire him — even though he was making fun of them.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Iran is showing increased readiness to resume talks about its disputed nuclear programme but has not indicated any willingness to make compromises yet, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Friday.
Western powers hope the imposition of tougher U.N., U.S. and European sanctions since June on Iran, the world’s No. 5 oil exporter, will persuade it to enter serious negotiations and ultimately agree to curb uranium enrichment.
By Dave Graham
DUMFRIES, Scotland (Reuters Life!) – When Heinz Roestel was separated from his younger sister Edith aged six, he little thought it would be nearly 80 years before he saw her again.
Nor did the German ex-soldier expect that when he did, he would be lying in a Scottish hospital bed using an interpreter to communicate because he had forgotten his native tongue.