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Mar 31, 2013

German opposition parties warn each other: hands off Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s two main opposition parties traded warnings on Sunday against getting into bed with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives after September’s election if they fail to win their own left-of-center majority.

The leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens party issued unusually shrill messages to each others’ supporters about the risk their votes might end up going to a party that could join forces in a coalition with Merkel.

Mar 30, 2013

Schaeuble says euro zone savings deposits are safe

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said savings accounts in the euro zone are safe, adding that Cyprus is a “special case” and not a template for future rescues.

In an interview with Bild newspaper published on Saturday, Schaeuble distanced himself from comments on Monday by Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who said the rescue program agreed for Cyprus – the first to impose a levy on bank deposits – would serve as a model for future crises.

Mar 4, 2013

Swiss pay curbs find support in Germany, France

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – A Swiss decision to impose tough
new controls on executive pay could encourage other European
countries to follow suit, with political leaders in Germany and
France voicing support for compensation rules modelled on those
of their smaller neighbour.

“The Swiss often show the way and personally I think we
should take inspiration,” French Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault said on Monday, a day after Swiss citizens voted in a
referendum to give shareholders veto rights on pay and ban big
rewards for incoming and outgoing managers.

Feb 26, 2013

Merkel’s centrist strategy angers conservatives

BERLIN, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Germany’s Christian Democrats
used to joke that even a drunken supporter woken from a deep
slumber could leap to attention and rattle off the party’s
policy positions.

But Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed her centre-right
party so far from its bedrock conservative roots in the run-up
to September’s election that even sober CDU voters are having a
hard time remembering what their party stands for these days.

Feb 21, 2013

Germany passes new election law to help small parties

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament approved a new election law on Thursday that will help smaller political parties in September’s federal poll, when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) are tipped to remain the strongest force.

Merkel’s party reluctantly had to draft new legislation after Germany’s constitutional court struck down the previous law, which had strengthened the CDU in the last federal election in 2009.

Jan 21, 2013

Center left ousts Merkel coalition in cliffhanger state vote

HANOVER (Reuters) – Germany’s center-left opposition edged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives from power in a regional vote in Lower Saxony on Sunday, reviving its flagging hopes of defeating her in September’s national election.

The Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens won by a single seat after a close race for power in Germany’s fourth most populous state. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) lost ground but their Free Democrat (FDP) allies defied forecasts that they would be ejected from the state assembly in Hanover.

Jan 20, 2013

Merkel coalition, centre left neck-and-neck in state vote – exit poll

HANOVER (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s coalition and the centre-left opposition were level in exit polls in a state election on Sunday, which threatened to deprive the German chancellor of a boost for her bid to win a third term in office later this year.

In exit polls released after voting ended, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) remained the biggest party in the swing state of Lower Saxony with 36 percent. The chief victors of the evening, however, appeared to be their Free Democrat (FDP) allies who defied doomsayers to win 10 percent.

Jan 19, 2013

Merkel’s CDU hoping for comeback win in key state vote

HANOVER (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are hoping for victory in a state contest on Sunday that could end a long losing streak and set the tone for September’s federal election.

Citizens in the northern state of Lower Saxony will begin voting at 8 a.m. on Sunday (2 a.m. ET) in what has been a riveting battle between Merkel’s center-right coalition and the center-left Social Democrat-Greens opposition.

Jan 18, 2013

Merkel surfs popularity wave before key state vote

STADE, Germany, Jan 18 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela
Merkel doesn’t make rousing speeches, but she had 1,200
supporters wildly cheering her standard sober delivery, fired up
about their brightening chances of winning a key regional
election on Sunday.

At a campaign rally in the northern town of Stade late on
Thursday, Merkel and Lower Saxony state premier David McAllister
exhorted an enthusiastic crowd of Christian Democrats (CDU) to
ensure a high turnout for the election of the regional assembly,
which in turn chooses the state premier.

Jan 17, 2013

Gaffe-prone Merkel rival drags down centre-left as vote looms

OSTERHOLZ-SCHARMBECK, Germany (Reuters) – Peer Steinbrueck looked uncomfortable as he waited to go onstage at a small-town rally for a regional election on Sunday that could make or break his ambitions to be Germany’s next leader.

No one was talking to the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for chancellor, whose blunders have sent his party into a tailspin in national opinion polls and could drag Stephan Weil, SPD candidate for state premier in Lower Saxony, to an unexpected defeat on Sunday.

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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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