BERLIN (Reuters) – A French terrorism alert about Britain and attacks on Europeans in Yemen added to Western security concerns on Wednesday, but Germany sought to calm nerves, saying too much public talk of risks would stir fear.
Suspected al Qaeda militants attacked two Western targets in Yemen, firing a rocket at a senior British diplomat’s car and killing a Frenchman at a gas and oil installation.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s interior minister sought on Wednesday to calm public concerns amid a spate of warnings about the risk of a terrorist attack in Europe.
France became the latest country to issue a security alert, telling citizens heading to Britain to exercise caution due to a very high risk of terrorist action there that could target public transport and tourist sites.
BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s interior minister sought
on Wednesday to calm public concerns amid a spate of warnings
about the risk of a terrorist attack in Europe.
France became the latest country to issue a security alert,
telling citizens heading to Britain to exercise caution due to a
very high risk of terrorist action there that could target
public transport and tourist sites. [ID:nLDE69504J]
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government played down on Monday U.S. and British warnings about the heightened risk of terrorist attacks on Europe, with Berlin saying there were no immediate signs of a threat against Germany.
“There are currently no indications of any immediate threat of attacks planned against Germany,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters. “There is no reason whatsoever to be alarmist at the moment.”
Germany will mark the 20th anniversary of its reunification on October 3 — but not everyone in Germany will be celebrating two decades together.
German unity has been a shaky marriage. That may seem like a surprise to people outside Germany. But opinion polls inside Germany show widespread discontent, especially in the formerly Communist east. Chancellor Angela Merkel has called it a success and other political leaders will be singing the praises of unification in their lofty speeches and German media interviews this weekend. But for many in the east, like straight-talking Brandenburg state premier Matthias Platzeck, German unification in 1990 was not a merger of equals but instead an “Anschluss” (annexation) with West Germany taking over East Germany.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said German unification had been for the most part a success in the past 20 years even though there are major gaps between the east and west.
Merkel, who was raised in Communist East Germany, said in an interview on Sunday in the magazine Super Illu many easterners initially felt a certain estrangement in reunited Germany.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Green Party has drawn level for the first time with the main opposition Social Democrats, a leading poll showed, propelled by its campaign against government plans to extend the use of nuclear energy.
Support for the environmentalist party hit a record high of 24 percent, up to two percentage points from last week, in the Forsa survey published on Wednesday by Stern magazine.
Germany’s Greens party are already the world’s most successful environmental party – having spent seven years in government of one of the world’s largest economies as junior coalition partners to the centre-left Social Democrats. The Greens wrote Germany’s renewable energy law that helped the country become a major player in wind and solar energy technology between 1998 and 2005 — and the party is chiefly responsible for raising the share of renewable energy to 16 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption.
Although in opposition since 2005, the Greens’ popularity has nevertheless soared to record levels over 20 percent in recent months and the party – which only recently celebrated its 30th anniversary – is doing so well in opinion polls that they could possibly end up heading coalitions in two state elections next year ahead of the SPD in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the city-state of Berlin.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the opposition Social Democrats squared off in one of the more riveting debates in parliament seen in ages on Wednesday, treating their respective camps to some fiery rhetoric that may galvanize support and help each side recover from steady erosions in opinion polls.
After SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel threw down the gauntlet and spent 40 highly entertaining minutes ripping into Merkel and her centre-right government, the chancellor rose to the challenge — spending the next 40 minutes with a spirited defence of the performance since taking power 10 months ago and attacking the centre-left opposition for such things as putting Germany’s long-term energy security at risk with “ideologically driven energy policies.”
Merkel, who may well face off against Gabriel in the next federal election due in 2013, whipped out a drop-dead argument that will probably make it difficult for anyone from either the SPD or from inside her own somewhat disenchanted conservative party to knock her out of office: unemployment has fallen by nearly two million to about three million since she took office in 2005.
Merkel’s popularity has nevertheless plunged since her re-election last year – due in part to incessant squabbling within the coalition and a perception her government has made little headway in moving the country forward. The centre-right government trails the centre-left opposition by about 10 points in opinion polls, an astonishing reversal of fortunes after they won the election last September by about 15 points.
BERLIN, Sept 13 (Reuters Life!) – The rape trial of a
celebrity weatherman famed for his rumpled appearance and
entertaining reports has the German media falling over itself to
publish every salacious detail of his tangled love life.
ARD public TV network weatherman Joerg Kachelmann has denied
charges that he raped a 37-year-old radio host, but failed to
dampen the interest of the German papers, the public and a
best-selling novelist in reports of his many girlfriends and
busy celebrity lifestyle.