BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government declined to comment on a report that U.S. intelligence agencies were reviewing their cooperation with German counterparts and had dropped joint projects due to concerns secret information was being leaked by lawmakers.
Bild newspaper reported on Saturday that U.S. spy chief James Clapper had ordered the review because secret documents related to the BND’s cooperation with the United States were being leaked to media from a German parliamentary committee.
BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – A German train strike that has
disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to
clip economic growth was suspended on Thursday after both sides
agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute.
The suspension would last through the arbitration period
from May 27 to June 17. Deutsche Bahn said it will take until
Saturday for its train timetable to be fully back on schedule.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was set to win seats in a fifth straight regional parliament on Sunday after an election in the city-state of Bremen where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were badly beaten.
The first projections by the ZDF TV network, from exit polls and early results, indicated that the Social Democrats (SPD) would win the vote in the smallest of Germany’s 16 regional states with 33 percent. The SPD, which has ruled Bremen since 1946, is likely to renew its coalition with the Greens, who were seen winning 14.7 percent.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The Euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looked set to win seats in a fifth straight regional parliament on Sunday after an election in the city-state of Bremen where Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were badly beaten.
An ARD TV exit poll indicated that the Social Democrats (SPD) would win the vote in the smallest of Germany’s 16 regional states with 32.5 percent. The SPD, which has ruled Bremen since 1946, are likely to renew their coalition with the Greens, who were projected to win 15.5 percent.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has dropped abruptly in the wake of an unfolding spying scandal and she has slipped from the top spot among Germany’s leading politicians, ARD television network said on Friday.
Merkel, under fire over reports the BND intelligence agency helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spy on European targets with her office’s blessings, saw her approval rating fall five points to 70 percent in the Infratest Dimap poll.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s eurosceptic AfD party that has been siphoning votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives could be dealt a major setback in a regional election on Sunday if it fails to clear the five percent hurdle in the city-state of Bremen.
Germany’s final regional election of 2015 before a crowded vote calendar next year is also a key test for the recovering pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) — who are eager to return to parliament in 2017 as a potential coalition partner for Merkel.
BERLIN, May 6 (Reuters) – German rail operator Deutsche Bahn
on Wednesday suggested appointing an independent
mediator to help resolve a dispute with the GDL train drivers’
union and stop a strike causing nationwide disruption.
Deutsche Bahn Chief Executive Ruediger Grube said he sent a
letter earlier in the day to the GDL union proposing Matthias
Platzeck, a former chairman of the Social Democrat party and
former Brandenburg state premier, to mediate.
BERLIN, May 5 (Reuters) – A railway strike set to last an
unprecedented seven days caused major disruption across Germany
on its first full day on Tuesday and pressure rose on the
government to intervene by pushing the two sides into
Economists warned that the strike, which began with freight
trains on Monday then spread to passenger trains on Tuesday,
could cost Europe’s biggest economy up to 750 million euros and
cut second-quarter economic growth by 0.1 percentage point.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany’s BND intelligence agency on Monday against accusations it illegally helped the United States spy on officials and firms in Europe.
In her first public comments on a scandal that has gripped Germany for weeks, Merkel said it was still unacceptable for friendly nations to spy on each other – a reference to her dismay over reports the NSA had tapped her cell phone up to 2013.
BERLIN, May 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s top public prosecutor
will look into accusations that the country’s BND foreign
intelligence agency violated laws by helping the United States
spy on officials and firms in Europe, including Airbus group,
the federal prosecutors office said.
A spokesman for the prosecutors office confirmed weekend
media reports that an investigation had been launched as
opposition politicians demanded more information about the
unfolding scandal from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.