BERLIN (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday he had won assurances from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he would become the next European Commission president if their centre-right bloc wins the European parliamentary elections on May 22-25.
Juncker’s comments, made in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, contrasted with Merkel’s own suggestion on Saturday that the real choice might be made – as in the past – only after prolonged horse-trading between national governments.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Sunday his controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin helped win the release of European military observers held in eastern Ukraine days later and he urged the West to stop focusing on sanctions on Russia.
Criticized for media pictures that showed him warmly embracing the Russian president at an April 28 meeting in St. Petersburg, Schroeder said he appealed to Putin to do what he could to free the seven Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe observers. They were released on May 3.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government and media distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening were published.
Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in honor of his 70th birthday on April 7.
BERLIN, April 29 (Reuters) – The German government and media
distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on
Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening
Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which
according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov
Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in
honour of his 70th birthday on April 7.
BERLIN, April 28 (Reuters) – Germany, flush with surging tax
revenues and strong economic growth, could lower income taxes in
2016 by eliminating “bracket creep”, according to a growing
number of voices in Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition.
Lawmakers from the chancellor’s Christian Democrats and the
centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) said there should be scope
for doing away with a tax code rule that income tax brackets are
not adjusted for inflation.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Friday that she had told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone that Moscow had not done enough to urge separatists in Ukraine to disarm, and that further sanctions against Russia must be contemplated.
The European Union and Group of Seven (G7) nations would consider sanctions “within the framework of the second stage of sanctions” she said at a news conference in Berlin with Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, referring to a three-stage scheme.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government asked the United States what information the National Security Agency had collected on Angela Merkel after monitoring her mobile phone for years but got no response, a German lawmaker said on Wednesday.
Omid Nouripour, a member of parliament for the opposition Greens, asked the German government in a formal parliamentary query if it had contacted Washington to discover what the NSA found out.
FRANKFURT/BERLIN, April 3 (Reuters) – Pilots on strike at
Lufthansa faced withering criticism across Germany and
even from their co-workers for demanding higher pay and early
retirement terms even though they rank among the country’s
Political leaders joined newspaper editorials and TV
commentators in lambasting the 5,400 pilots who have all but
shut down Germany’s largest airline and disrupted 425,000
passengers during their three-day walk-out until midnight
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is not trying to thwart a more forceful NATO reaction to Russia’s seizure of Crimea, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday in response to a newspaper report.
Brushing aside suggestions aired in the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) that Germany is “passive and hesitant” in NATO, Steinmeier said he had no desire to enter a “blame game” before NATO foreign ministers meet next week.
BERLIN, March 27 (Reuters) – Former German chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder has come under fire in Germany for defending
his close friend Vladimir Putin and warning of the perils of
isolating the Russian president over the crisis in Ukraine.
Schroeder, 69, has been excoriated for speaking out in
favour of Moscow and against the German government position, not
least because of his 250,000 euro salary as board chairman for a
pipeline joint venture with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.