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Feb 14, 2014

German minister offers to resign in scandal over SPD lawmaker

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

Feb 14, 2014

German minister resigns over handling of child porn inquiry

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

Feb 14, 2014

German minister offers to quit over porn inquiry against MP

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet offered to resign on Friday for having warned the Social Democratic party about an inquiry against an SPD lawmaker for possessing child pornography, something the MP has denied.

The turmoil over the possible leaking of confidential information from prosecutors to legislator Sebastian Edathy has been front-page news and could destabilise the two-month-old coalition government in Europe’s biggest economy.

Jan 29, 2014

Germany loosens own pension rules while asking EU for austerity

BERLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s coalition government
presented a pension reform plan on Wednesday that will cost 160
billion euros to 2030 by letting some workers retire earlier,
loosening the purse strings at home when Berlin has demanded
austerity from its euro zone partners.

Despite criticism from industry and the pro-business wing of
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the cabinet endorsed what is
likely to be the most expensive single measure of the
legislative period when it moves through parliament in May.

Jan 28, 2014

German engineering key ingredient for Games success

BERLIN (Reuters) – Anyone who wants to understand why Germany has won more winter Olympic medals than any other country should pay a visit to a secretive state-sponsored engineering institute near the banks of the River Spree in a forgotten corner of east Berlin.

The high-tech tinkering by engineers at the FES Institute has helped Germany win many of its 128 Winter Olympic gold medals with state-of-the-art equipment and hopes are running high for another big haul in Sochi next month.

Jan 28, 2014

Olympics-German engineering key ingredient for Games success

BERLIN, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Anyone who wants to understand why Germany has won more winter Olympic medals than any other country should pay a visit to a secretive state-sponsored engineering institute near the banks of the River Spree in a forgotten corner of east Berlin.

The high-tech tinkering by engineers at the FES Institute has helped Germany win many of its 128 Winter Olympic gold medals with state-of-the-art equipment and hopes are running high for another big haul in Sochi next month.

Jan 26, 2014

Snowden says ‘significant threats’ to his life

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that U.S. government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA’s collection of telephone records and emails.

In what German public broadcaster ARD said was Snowden’s first television interview, Snowden also said he believes the NSA has monitored other top German government officials along with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Jan 26, 2014

German SPD leader raps ‘stupid’ eurosceptic campaign in Europe vote

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of Germany’s Social Democrats in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition on Sunday denounced eurosceptic parties on the far left and right as “stupid” and pledged a tough fight against them in the European parliamentary election campaign.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, also Merkel’s economy minister and head of the Social Democrats, blasted the “uniting enemies of Europe on the left and right” over their anti-European campaigning for the May election.

Jan 26, 2014

Snowden says US NSA engages in industrial espionage-TV

BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency
is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any
intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to
national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a
German TV network.

In text released ahead of a lengthy interview to be
broadcast on Sunday, ARD TV quoted Snowden saying the NSA does
not limit its espionage to issues of national security and he
cited German engineering firm, Siemens as one target.

Jan 26, 2014

German minister dismisses fears of immigration from eastern Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble dismissed fears that too many immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria were moving to Germany, saying his country had benefited from European Union integration more than any other.

Schaeuble indirectly criticized conservative allies in the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to his Christian Democrats (CDU), for fanning fears against immigrants, saying some sectors urgently needed migrant workers.

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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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