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Sep 29, 2014

German govt condemns pictures showing refugees abused

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Monday condemned suspected cases of abuse against refugees in which asylum-seekers were maltreated by security guards and even forced to lie in a bed filled with vomit.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said pictures published in German media that appear to show private security guards abusing refugees were repulsive and shocking.

Sep 29, 2014

German government condemns pictures showing refugees abused

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Monday condemned suspected cases of abuse against refugees in which asylum-seekers were maltreated by security guards and even forced to lie in a bed filled with vomit.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said pictures published in German media that appear to show private security guards abusing refugees were repulsive and shocking.

Sep 26, 2014

EU, Russia positive on chance of winter gas deal with Ukraine

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia moved closer
to a deal that would guarantee Kiev at least 5 billion cubic
metres of gas for the next six months if Ukraine made
pre-payments.

Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June because of a
row over Ukraine’s unpaid gas bill. The European Union has
brokered a series of talks between the two sides.

Sep 26, 2014

EU, Russia see good chance of winter gas deal with Ukraine

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The European Union moved closer
to brokering a deal between Ukraine and Russia on Friday that
would supply Kiev at least 5 billion cubic metres of gas to help
prevent a winter shortfall, which Moscow said hinged on Ukraine
making pre-payments.

The price discussed was $385 per thousand cubic metres, and
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said that under
the deal, Kiev would pay $2 billion by the end of October and a
further $1.1 billion by the end of the year, with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) putting up guarantees.

Sep 14, 2014
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At landmark Berlin rally, German Chancellor Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

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(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ‘”Stand up ! Never again hatred of Jews! REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

Sep 14, 2014

Germany’s eurosceptic AfD surges to win seats in two states

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday in a growing challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel as her new right-wing rival makes further inroads into her power base.

Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) could also suffer an ominous loss of power in the state of Thuringia if the hardline Left party can persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to switch allegiances and elect Germany’s first Left state premier.

Sep 14, 2014

Germany’s euroskeptic AfD surges to win seats in two states: exit polls

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday so the right-wing rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel will now have seats in three state assemblies, TV projections showed.

The AfD, which was founded in early 2013 to oppose euro zone bailouts, won 10.1 percent of the vote in Thuringia and 11.9 percent in Brandenburg, according to projections on Germany’s ARD TV announced after voting ended at 6 p.m. (Noon EDT)

Sep 14, 2014

At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in anti-Semitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame mainly on Muslim extremists and young immigrants, saying anyone who attacks Jews is attacking all of Germany.

Sep 14, 2014

German business lobby group calls EU sanctions a mistake

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union’s new economic sanctions against Russia are a “mistake” because they were imposed just as a week-old ceasefire was bringing calm to the embattled east of Ukraine, the leader of a German business lobby group was quoted saying on Sunday.

Eckard Cordes, chairman of Germany’s Committee on Eastern European Economic relations, said his group, which represents the interests of about 200 companies with investments in Russia, had wanted sanctions to be delayed to help bolster the ceasefire.

Sep 12, 2014

Rising Russian tensions put lonely NATO base in Poland on map

SZCZECIN Poland (Reuters) – There are no boots on the ground at NATO’s only headquarters behind the former Iron Curtain — just some top brass sitting at desks with maps on the walls.

In fact, the alliance’s lonely outpost at Szczecin in western Poland has created such a tiny footprint over the past 15 years that barely anyone noticed it even existed.

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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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