BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Germany aims to
reduce solar power incentives by between 20 percent and 30
percent from March 9, rather than from April 1, which is what
had been expected, spelling further trouble for companies
selling panels in the world’s No.2 photovoltaic market.
Shares in European solar companies fell on the news, with
sector bellwethers SolarWorld (SWVG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), SMA Solar (S92G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research),
Q-Cells (QCEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), Renewable Energy Corp (REC) (REC.OL: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Centrotherm (CTNG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) down by between 3.2 and 8.3 percent by
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s humbling defeat in accepting an opposition candidate for president may herald a shift in coalition alliances that could yet see her conservatives unceremoniously bundled from power in 2013.
Merkel herself is riding high in opinion polls, the public generally satisfied with steady if unspectacular leadership during the euro zone debt crisis. Her center-right coalition will likely remain together until the 2013 election.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives accused their coalition partner on Monday of a “massive breach of trust” in backing opposition candidate Joachim Gauck for the German presidency, a move which forced the chancellor to support him despite deep reservations.
Germany’s Bild newspaper said Merkel’s centre-right government had even come close to collapsing during tense negotiations on Sunday evening between her and Free Democrat (FDP) leader Philipp Roesler over who should fill the largely ceremonial post.
BERLIN, Feb 17 (Reuters) – To lose one president may
be considered a misfortune. To lose two within two years looks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be reflecting on Oscar
Wilde’s aphorism about parents after scandals over money, power
and political favours drove President Christian Wulff to resign
BERLIN (Reuters) – A comedy about a former Serb war hero who recruits erstwhile enemies from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo to protect a Gay Pride parade offers a delightful snapshot of the post-war healing that has taken place in the ex-Yugoslav republics.
“The Parade” director Srdan Dragojevic said after his film was well received at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday that he opted to use humor as the wrapping for a film that tackles the disturbing reality of gay persecution in Serbia.
BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – German wages should be
raised by more than 2 percent this year, Labour Minister Ursula
von der Leyen said in an unusual appeal to employers on Sunday
that was quickly criticised by leaders of her own ruling
Von der Leyen, sometimes mentioned as a candidate to succeed
Chancellor Angela Merkel, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that
workers in Germany deserved a pay raise above the inflation
rate, currently 2.1 percent, after years of settling for less.
BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Greek promises on austerity
measures are no longer good enough because so many vows have
been broken and the country that has been a “bottomless pit” has
to dramtically change its ways, German Finance Minister Wolfgang
In a hard-hitting interview with the Welt am Sonntag
newspaper, Schaeuble also said it is up to Greece whether the
country can stay in the euro zone as part of its efforts to
restore its competitiveness.
BERLIN/SOFIA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance.
More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The oppressive world of Communist East Germany was brought back to life in a haunting new film called “Barbara” at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, the first of three German productions in the main competition.
A fictional tale of a young doctor banished to the East German provinces because she requested to move to West Germany, the film set in 1980 is a sedate portrait of the Communist country nine years before it imploded when the Berlin Wall fell.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel was criticized in Germany on Tuesday for her outspoken support for Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential election campaign, raising worries her intervention could harm German interests.
Joining Sarkozy in two TV appearances in Paris that were also broadcast in Germany on Monday, the chancellor said it was “perfectly natural” to support fellow conservative Sarkozy in what is likely to become his uphill battle to be re-elected.