BERLIN (Reuters) – The German election is just eight weeks away, a clear victory is far from certain – and Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking a long holiday. What’s more, voters and strategists alike think it’s about the best thing she could do.
For one thing, Germans take their holidays seriously and 85 percent tell pollsters they have no qualms about Merkel taking a break abroad, as millions of others do, after a busy year leading Europe’s biggest economy through the euro zone crisis.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Sea levels could rise by 2.3 meters for each degree Celsius that global temperatures increase and they will remain high for centuries to come, according to a new study by the leading climate research institute, released on Monday.
Anders Levermann said his study for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research was the first to examine evidence from climate history and combine it with computer simulations of contributing factors to long-term sea-level increases: thermal expansion of oceans, the melting of mountain glaciers and the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A majority of people worldwide believes corruption has worsened in the last two years and they see governments as less effective at fighting it since the 2008 financial crisis, a survey by Transparency International organization showed on Tuesday.
The “Global Corruption Barometer” is the biggest ever conducted by the Berlin-based watchdog, with 114,000 people responding in 107 countries in the survey of opinions on corruption and which institutions are considered most corrupt.
LEIPZIG, Germany, July 8 (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen
jumped off the stage and into a frenzied German crowd of 45,000
fans on Sunday in Leipzig to pluck a sign with a hand-written
request scrawled on it – as he has been doing all summer on his
popular tour across Europe.
But when Springsteen whirled around and held up the name of
the song for his band to see, jaws dropped and a frightened look
crossed their faces. The sign read “You never can tell” by Chuck
Berry, a 1964 tune made popular in the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.”
LONDON/BERLIN, June 26 (Reuters) – Germany’s justice
minister has written to two British ministers demanding to know
to what extent a British spy agency targeted German citizens in
a large-scale data trawling programme that has upset Berlin.
But Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman quickly dismissed
talk of a rift between Britain and Germany and said he did not
expect the issue to come up at a European Union summit this week
when Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet.
BERLIN, June 24 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
launched her re-election campaign on Monday with promises her
coalition partners dismissed as unaffordable and even one party
ally said would never see the light of day.
Merkel told leaders of her Christian Democrats (CDU) and
their Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party that if she is
re-elected she wants to raise child benefits, pensions for women
with children and pensions for low-income workers.
BERLIN (Reuters) – President Barack Obama offered a new twist on Wednesday to John F. Kennedy’s historic 1963 call for liberty — “Ich bin ein Berliner” — by saying other oppressed people eager to join the free world were also “citizens of Berlin.”
Just days before Berlin marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s clarion call for freedom, Obama opted to use that stirring Cold War speech as a forward-looking invitation for the world to do more to fight for liberty.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel has stolen a page from the opposition’s campaign playbook ahead of the September election and is now calling for rent controls, a sign she is in a tight fight and does not want to risk upsetting Germany’s 40 million renters.
Merkel is well ahead of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in opinion polls for the September 22 election. But concern that the center-left could still win enough to form a coalition without her Christian Democrats (CDU) has pushed Merkel into unusual territory – diving into what is normally a local issue.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck, fighting an uphill battle to oust Angela Merkel, sacked his chief spokesman Michael Donnermeyer on Monday, the latest sign of disarray in his campaign just 104 days before the September 22 election.
A senior source in the Social Democrats (SPD) told Reuters that Steinbrueck had decided to part company with Donnermeyer, a key ally who had previously worked as the spokesman for Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and former SPD leader Franz Muentefering.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Many low-level tax inspectors in Germany’s Nazi-era finance ministry were oblivious to the Holocaust and dutifully tried to contact murdered Jews whose wealth was being plundered by the ministry’s top officials, according to a new book.
Germans have publicly atoned for Nazi crimes in a myriad of ways over six decades, providing scores of billions of dollars in reparations to Holocaust victims, their descendants and the state of Israel. But only recently have leading government ministries come clean on their own particular Nazi past.