BERLIN, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s opposition Social
Democrats (SPD) agreed on Tuesday to make a demand for higher
taxes on the rich a cornerstone of their programme for the 2013
The centre-left SPD made no progress, however, in picking a
candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the election
due in late 2013. A trio of former ministers under Merkel in the
previous grand coalition government are in the running.
BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Germans in a southwestern
state voted on Sunday in favour of building a 4.5-billion euro
train station in Stuttgart, ending a controversy over the giant
project that helped to push Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party out
of power in the state.
Voters in Baden-Wuerttemberg backed by a 59-41 percent
margin the “Stuttgart 21″ station that will be part of a
high-speed rail network linking southern Germany, France and
Austria. About 48 percent of eligible state voters took part in
the referendum, a rarity in Germany.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Vice Chancellor Philipp Roesler on Saturday called a proposal by the European Commission last week for joint debt issuance “irresponsible” and said Berlin will remain firm in its rejection of euro zone bonds.
Roesler, also Economy Minister, said in a radio interview that European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made a mistake last week by suggesting euro zone bonds could be issued once new, intrusive laws to ensure budgets of euro zone countries do not break EU rules are in place.
BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A disgraced former German
defence minister with aspirations to succeed Chancellor Angela
Merkel hinted on Thursday he was ready to come back from a
self-imposed exile after prosecutors dropped a plagiarism
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, 39, was once the German
conservatives’ brightest star but quit abruptly in March after
admitting to copying parts of his doctoral dissertation. He
dropped out of sight and moved to the United States.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A wave of neo-Nazi killings of immigrant shopkeepers threatens to tarnish Germany’s image around the world and is an assault against its democratic foundations, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
In a forceful speech to parliament, Merkel said police had made many mistakes in failing to stop or even detect the band of neo-Nazis who shot nine immigrants and a German police woman at close range during a mysterious murder spree from 2000 to 2007.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German parliament, in a rare sign of cross-party unity, condemned on Tuesday a wave of neo-Nazi killings and the failure of police agencies to stop the murder spree in which nine immigrant shopkeepers were shot dead at close range.
All members of parliament from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition to the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and Left party rose in unison to voice contrition for Germany’s failure to protect the immigrants from right-wing extremists.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A German Jewish lawmaker spoke on Friday of the “nightmarish” discovery his name was on a hit-list found in a neo-Nazi hideout, as Germany struggled to come to terms with news a right-wing trio had been killing immigrants.
Jerzy Montag, a Polish-born member of parliament for the Greens, told Reuters he assumed he been put on the neo-Nazi list because of his criticism of right-wing extremism and his work supporting minority groups in Germany and Israel.
HAMBURG (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident his team have not peaked too soon before Euro 2012 after trouncing the Netherlands 3-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday, capping a superb year with nine victories against a single defeat.
With their sights set on winning a first title for 16 years, Germany overwhelmed the 2010 World Cup runners-up and contender for next year’s finals with a quick-passing, attacking style that evoked memories of Dutch ‘Total Football’ in the 1970s.
HAMBURG, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew
is confident his team have not peaked too soon before Euro 2012
after trouncing the Netherlands 3-0 in an international friendly
on Tuesday, capping a superb year with nine victories against a
With their sights set on winning a first title for 16 years,
Germany overwhelmed the 2010 World Cup runners-up and contender
for next year’s finals with a quick-passing, attacking style
that evoked memories of Dutch ‘Total Football’ in the 1970s.
HAMBURG (Reuters) – Miroslav Klose chalked up his 63rd international goal as Germany trounced Netherlands 3-0 in a friendly on Tuesday involving two of the favourites for next year’s European Championship finals.
The 2010 World Cup runners-up were sunk by goals from Klose, Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil in front of a sellout crowd of 51,500 on a chilly night in the German port city.