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Jun 30, 2012

Merkel seen as big loser in euro zone showdown

BERLIN/PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel was
portrayed across Europe as the big loser of a euro zone showdown
in Brussels after the German chancellor was forced to accept the
crisis-fighting measures championed by countries struggling with
their debts.

Newspapers in Spain, Italy and France on Saturday toasted
the triumph of their leaders – Mario Monti, Mariano Rajoy and
Francois Hollande – in pushing Merkel into a U-turn that would
long have been unthinkable.

Jun 28, 2012

Soccer-Euro-German fans stunned into silence by loss to Italy

BERLIN, June 28 (Reuters) – Half a million German soccer
fans gathered in Berlin were left in a state of shocked silence
on Thursday after Italy crushed their Euro 2012 hopes with a 2-1
semi-final victory.

Brimming with confidence that their unbeaten team would
advance to Sunday’s final against Spain, the huge crowd gathered
in front of giant screens at the Brandenburg Gate ready to party
but were numbed by Italy’s triumph. Many left in tears.

Jun 28, 2012

German fans stunned into silence by loss to Italy

BERLIN (Reuters) – Half a million German soccer fans gathered in Berlin were left in a state of shocked silence on Thursday after Italy crushed their Euro 2012 hopes with a 2-1 semi-final victory.

Brimming with confidence that their unbeaten team would advance to Sunday’s final against Spain, the huge crowd gathered in front of giant screens at the Brandenburg Gate ready to party but were numbed by Italy’s triumph. Many left in tears.

Jun 24, 2012

German upper house agrees on deal to back ESM

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s upper house of parliament won multi-billion euro financial concessions from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Sunday, clearing the way for parliamentary approval of the permanent bailout scheme for the euro zone and the fiscal pact.

Bavaria state premier Horst Seehofer and other state leaders told reporters on Sunday outside the chancellery they had reached a deal. Earlier, Seehofer threatened that the upper house would block the measures unless the federal government agreed to concessions worth billions of euros.

Jun 24, 2012

Stop asking for more help, Germany tells Greece

BERLIN, June 24 (Reuters) – Greece’s new government should
stop asking for more help and instead move quickly to enact
reform measures agreed to in return for previous bailouts from
its European partners, German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble said on Sunday.

Schaeuble told Bild am Sonntag in unusually blunt language
that Greece has forfeited much of Europe’s trust during the
sovereign debt crisis, as reflected in an opinion poll covering
the euro zone’s four biggest nations and published in the paper.

Jun 23, 2012

German upper house wants billions before backing ESM: Seehofer

BERLIN (Reuters) – German parliament’s upper house wants financial concessions worth billions of euros to the country’s 16 federal states before backing the permanent bailout scheme for the euro zone and the fiscal pact next week, its president said.

Bavaria state premier Horst Seehofer, who holds the rotating presidency of the upper house, also told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper: “I am very much in favour of the fiscal pact but we are going to have a difficult situation if they stay stubborn in Berlin”, according to an advance released on Saturday.

Jun 23, 2012

German daily sent to all 41 million households

BERLIN, June 23 (Reuters) – Germany’s best-selling newspaper
was given away free to almost all of the country’s 41 million
households on Saturday in a controversial celebration of the
daily’s 60th anniversary that set a world record for largest
circulation.

Bild newspaper – a tabloid-style daily both feared and
respected for its massive influence in Germany but also known
for its hard-hitting campaigns and photos of nude women – sent
41 million copies to all but 200,000 postal addresses of people
who expressly requested not to receive Saturday’s newspaper.

Jun 9, 2012

Euro zone ministers to consider Spanish bailout

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – The euro zone’s senior finance minister urged a rapid resolution of Spain’s debt crisis on Saturday before a meeting where he will lead discussions on a bailout of the country’s teetering banks.

Several senior EU sources told Reuters on Friday that Madrid was expected to ask the currency bloc for help with recapitalizing its banks this weekend, becoming the fourth country to seek assistance since Europe’s debt crisis began.

May 31, 2012

Springsteen lashes out at bankers in Berlin show

BERLIN (Reuters) – Rocker Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert on Wednesday, railing against them as “greedy thieves” and “robber barons.”

Springsteen, a singer-songwriter dubbed “The Boss” who has long championed populist causes, played to a sold-out crowd at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, singing from his album “Wrecking Ball” and speaking about tough economic times that have put people out of work worldwide and led to debt crises in Greece and other countries.

May 28, 2012

Dutch Nazi fugitive Faber dies in Germany at 90

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Nazi war criminal who escaped from a Dutch jail and lived as a fugitive in Germany for 60 years has died at the age of 90, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Monday.

Klaas Carel Faber, number two on the Center’s list of most wanted Nazi criminals, was sentenced to death in 1947 in the Netherlands for the killings of at least 11 people at a staging post for Dutch Jews being taken to concentration camps.

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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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