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Jan 7, 2014

Motor racing-Leave family in peace, Schumacher’s wife tells media

BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Michael Schumacher’s wife appealed to the media on Tuesday to leave the French hospital they have staked out since the German was critically injured in a skiing accident nine days ago and to let the doctors do their job.

Corinna Schumacher also asked the media to leave her family in peace after German reports said on Monday there had been a slight improvement in the former driver’s condition, hours after Grenoble hospital had issued a bulletin saying he was still stable but critical.

Dec 30, 2013

Merkel says permanently fixing euro zone crisis vital for Germany

BERLIN, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel will
tell Germans their fate is so closely entwined with the European
Union that it is imperative to come up with answers on how to
permanently resolve the euro zone’s sovereign debt crisis.

In an advance text of the traditional New Year’s Eve address
that she will deliver on Tuesday evening, Merkel said Germany
had a lot of work to do to maintain its own economic strength.

Dec 24, 2013

After Arctic austerity, Khodorkovsky savors Berlin luxury

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The luxury hotel in Berlin where Mikhail Khodorkovsky has spent the last few nights is worlds away from Corrective Colony No. 7, where the former oil tycoon was locked up for years.

But Khodorkovsky says he could not care less about the gulf between the cramped Russian prison and his palatial accommodation at the Adlon, Germany’s most famous hotel.

Dec 15, 2013

Merkel to pick popular woman ally as defence minister

BERLIN, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is expected to name
Ursula von der Leyen as her new defence minister when she
presents her cabinet list on Sunday, a surprise choice that
could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner
to succeed the chancellor.

Merkel, 59, will begin her third term on Tuesday – three
months after winning the September 22 election – after her
junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, voted on
Saturday to join her in a “grand coalition”.

Dec 14, 2013

German SPD members vote to join Merkel despite misgivings

BERLIN, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats voted
overwhelmingly in favour of joining a “grand coalition” with
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday, clearing
the way for a new right-left government that will take office on
Tuesday.

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister
party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), won the Sept. 22
election but fell short of a majority. They needed a partner and
spent much of the last three months negotiating a coalition deal
with the arch rival SPD, which came a distant second.

Dec 14, 2013

German SPD counts votes on coalition with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats began counting 330,500 postal ballots on Saturday sent in from grassroots members who are deciding whether their party should join a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

The results of the referendum are expected to be announced between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (1500-1700 GMT / 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST ) by SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel, who has fought an uphill battle to convince party members to back the deal with their arch rivals.

Dec 11, 2013

German state drops plans for reprint of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German state of Bavaria announced on Wednesday it had scrapped plans to publish a new academic reprint of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” with critical commentary when its legal power to ban the book expires in 2015.

The southern German state owns the copyright and has banned any republication. But the copyright expires at the end of 2015, 70 years after the author’s death. Bavaria had been planning to then publish a new edition with critical commentary from the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ).

Dec 9, 2013

Merkel’s conservatives back coalition deal despite doubts

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) voted on Monday to approve a coalition with the arch-rival Social Democrats (SPD) after Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her conservatives to swallow some of their misgivings and back the deal.

Merkel won September’s election but fell short of a majority and struck an agreement on November 27 for a “grand coalition” with the centre-left SPD. All 474,000 SPD members are now voting on it in a postal ballot whose results are expected this weekend.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy.

Dec 5, 2013

Hurricane-force winds hit Scotland, close in on Germany

BERLIN/LONDON Dec 5 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds
disrupted transport and power supplies in Scotland and
threatened coastal flooding in England as they closed in on
north Europe in what meteorologists said could be one of the
most powerful storms to hit the continent in years.

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to
protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would
shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal
tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David
Cameron called a meeting to discuss strategy.

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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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