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Sep 14, 2011

Falling CO2 emissions dim electric car prospects

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Does the world really even need electric cars?

In the global battle against carbon emissions, carmakers have made considerable progress in recent years boosting fuel efficiency of their internal combustion engines thanks to gadgets like turbochargers, industry officials and analysts said.

Although it may be an odd-sounding name for a green technology, the turbocharger raises fuel efficiency levels by up to 40 percent and is now included in 75 percent of new cars in Europe. That could rise to nearly 90 percent by 2015.

Sep 14, 2011

Analysis – Falling CO2 emissions dim electric car prospects

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Does the world really even need electric cars?

In the global battle against carbon emissions, carmakers have made considerable progress in recent years boosting fuel efficiency of their internal combustion engines thanks to gadgets like turbochargers, industry officials and analysts said.

Although it may be an odd-sounding name for a green technology, the turbocharger raises fuel efficiency levels by up to 40 percent and is now included in 75 percent of new cars in Europe. That could rise to nearly 90 percent by 2015.

Sep 12, 2011

Electric car hype hiding a quiet revolution

BERLIN (Reuters) – Electric cars and hybrids may be capturing headlines and the imagination of green-leaning consumers around the world as one automaker after another announces plans to push into the brave new world of fossil fuel-free mobility.

But away from the spotlight, carmakers have been quietly delivering significant cuts in CO2 emissions with some re-engineering of internal combustion engines, technology advances, weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements.

Sep 12, 2011

Analysis: Electric car hype hiding a quiet revolution

BERLIN (Reuters) – Electric cars and hybrids may be capturing headlines and the imagination of green-leaning consumers around the world as one automaker after another announces plans to push into the brave new world of fossil fuel-free mobility.

But away from the spotlight, carmakers have been quietly delivering significant cuts in CO2 emissions with some re-engineering of internal combustion engines, technology advances, weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements.

Sep 7, 2011

Merkel urges euro “rethink” after decades of debt

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the euro zone’s crisis could not be solved with radical quick fixes like jointly issued bonds, and that instead the bloc faced a “long hard” path to slash back debt built up over decades.

In a closely watched speech to the Bundestag lower house of parliament shortly after Germany’s top court imposed new limits on Berlin’s participation in euro zone bailouts, Merkel said the shared currency “cannot be allowed to fail and will not fail.”

Sep 5, 2011

Merkel denies euro moves to blame for poll defeat

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel denied on Monday she made a tactical error by putting her government’s euro zone rescue efforts at the centre of a regional election campaign after her party suffered yet another sobering defeat.

Even though her Christian Democrats suffered their worst-ever result in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Sunday amid persistent worries about the euro, the German leader chose to blame local issues for the drop to 23.1 percent from 28.8 percent in 2006.

Sep 5, 2011

German conservatives urged to rally around Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – German conservative leaders called on their party to rally around Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday after her Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered their sixth regional electoral defeat this year.

The CDU and the Free Democrats (FDP), the junior coalition partners in national government, were pummelled in an election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Sunday. The CDU fell 5.7 percentage points to 23.1 percent while the FDP collapsed by 6.9 points to 2.7 percent.

Sep 4, 2011

Merkel’s centre-right bloc beaten in state election

Sept 4 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right
bloc suffered another defeat on Sunday in a regional election
in Germany’s poorest state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with both
her conservatives and their Free Democrat allies losing support.

A first projection by the ARD network at 1615 GMT showed
Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) falling to 24 percent from
the 28.8 percent won in the sparsely populated state on the
Baltic shore in 2006. It was the CDU’s worst result ever there.

Sep 3, 2011

Merkel’s coalition faces rough ride in regional election

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition could face a further drubbing at the polls Sunday in a regional election in Germany’s poorest state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have been junior coalition partners to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the sparsely populated state on the Baltic shore but could be knocked out and replaced by the Left party or even the Greens.

Aug 28, 2011

Analysis: Merkel vulnerable as euro and Libya backlash builds

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel faces the biggest challenge to her leadership since coming to power in 2005, with traditionally loyal conservative allies openly criticizing her approach to the euro zone crisis and her hands-off Libya policy in shambles.

Seen for much of the past six years as a reliable, steady leader whose competence and knack for brokering deals made up for a lack of bold vision, Merkel’s image has taken a beating over the past months and polls show an increasing number of Germans view her government as directionless.

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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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