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May 25, 2015

Time running out for Greece, ESM head Regling says

BERLIN (Reuters) – Time is running out for Greece to reach an agreement on reforms with lenders and there will be no further funds for Athens without it, the head of the European Stability Mechanism Klaus Regling told Germany’s Bild newspaper on Tuesday.

“There is little time left,” Regling told the best-selling newspaper. “That’s why we’re working day and night for an agreement. Without an agreement with the creditors, Greece will not get any new loans. Then there’s a threat of insolvency. There are a lot of risks contained in that,” he added.

May 25, 2015

Germany protests Russia’s ejection of conservative MP from Moscow

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany formally protested to Russia on Monday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German lawmaker into the country, a decision the Foreign Ministry criticized as unacceptable amid East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Karl-Georg Wellmann, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and chairman of the German-Ukraine parliamentary group, had called Russia a “war-monger” earlier this year for its perceived support of separatists in Ukraine.

May 24, 2015

Germany must bury more power transmission lines – minister

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany Economy Minister Sigmar
Gabriel said on Sunday the country must lay more power lines
underground to take electicity generated by windpower in the
north to industry in the south, to overcome opposition along the
routes.

In an interview with ZDF television, Gabriel also said that
state of Bavaria will have to accept power lines running through
the southern German state and could not push them off onto to
its neighbouring states of Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

May 24, 2015

Troubled new Berlin airport won’t be a white elephant, official says

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Berlin’s new international
airport, repeatedly delayed due to red tape and technical
problems, is on course to open as scheduled in 2017, a spokesman
said on Sunday, denying a media report it could end up as a
white elephant.

The planned opening will be six years after the original
target date following a series of costly setbacks that have
dented Germany’s reputation for strong engineering and
organisational skills.

May 23, 2015

Germany declines comment on reported ‘deep freeze’ with U.S. intelligence

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government declined to comment on a report that U.S. intelligence agencies were reviewing their cooperation with German counterparts and had dropped joint projects due to concerns secret information was being leaked by lawmakers.

Bild newspaper reported on Saturday that U.S. spy chief James Clapper had ordered the review because secret documents related to the BND’s cooperation with the United States were being leaked to media from a German parliamentary committee.

May 21, 2015

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – A German train strike that has
disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to
clip economic growth was suspended on Thursday after both sides
agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute.

The suspension would last through the arbitration period
from May 27 to June 17. Deutsche Bahn said it will take until
Saturday for its train timetable to be fully back on schedule.

May 10, 2015

Merkel’s party suffers another state loss as Eurosceptics scrape in

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was set to win seats in a fifth straight regional parliament on Sunday after an election in the city-state of Bremen where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were badly beaten.

The first projections by the ZDF TV network, from exit polls and early results, indicated that the Social Democrats (SPD) would win the vote in the smallest of Germany’s 16 regional states with 33 percent. The SPD, which has ruled Bremen since 1946, is likely to renew its coalition with the Greens, who were seen winning 14.7 percent.

May 10, 2015

Merkel’s party suffers another state loss as euroskeptics roll on

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looked set to win seats in a fifth straight regional parliament on Sunday after an election in the city-state of Bremen where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were badly beaten.

An ARD TV exit poll indicated that the Social Democrats (SPD) would win the vote in the smallest of Germany’s 16 regional states with 32.5 percent. The SPD, which has ruled Bremen since 1946, are likely to renew their coalition with the Greens, who were projected to win 15.5 percent.

May 8, 2015

Merkel’s approval ratings drop steeply in wake of spying scandal

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has dropped abruptly in the wake of an unfolding spying scandal and she has slipped from the top spot among Germany’s leading politicians, ARD television network said on Friday.

Merkel, under fire over reports the BND intelligence agency helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spy on European targets with her office’s blessings, saw her approval rating fall five points to 70 percent in the Infratest Dimap poll.

May 7, 2015

Germany’s eurosceptic AfD party faces tough vote in Bremen

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s eurosceptic AfD party that has been siphoning votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives could be dealt a major setback in a regional election on Sunday if it fails to clear the five percent hurdle in the city-state of Bremen.

Germany’s final regional election of 2015 before a crowded vote calendar next year is also a key test for the recovering pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) — who are eager to return to parliament in 2017 as a potential coalition partner for Merkel.

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      "Erik Kirschbaum is based in Berlin. He has been covering politics, economics, entertainment and sport in Germany since 1989 from Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin. He also has worked for Reuters in Vienna. Previously, he also worked for newspapers in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Nevada. He has also written two books."
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