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Jun 2, 2013

Merkel reins in plan to transfer powers to Brussels

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out against handing the European Commission more powers, in the clearest sign yet that she is reining in her ambitions to create a “fiscal union” in which euro members cede control of their budgets to Brussels.

The comments, made in an interview with weekly Der Spiegel, come days after Merkel held talks with President Francois Hollande in Paris and the two unveiled joint proposals for the future shape of the euro area, including the creation of a permanent president of the Eurogroup forum of finance ministers.

Apr 26, 2013

Germans fascinated by Nazi era eight decades later

BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) – An exhibition chronicling the
Nazi party’s rise to power draws tens of thousands of visitors.
Millions of TV viewers tune in to watch a drama about the Third
Reich. A satirical novel in which Hitler pops up in modern
Berlin becomes an overnight bestseller.

German interest in the darkest chapter of their history
seems stronger than it has ever been as the country marks
several key anniversaries this year linked to the Nazi era.

Apr 19, 2013

German court to hear case against ESM, ECB bond-buying in June

BERLIN, April 19 (Reuters) – Germany’s Constitutional Court
will hold a public hearing on June 11 and 12 on complaints
against the euro zone’s bailout fund, the European Stability
Mechanism (ESM) and the European Central Bank’s bond-buying
programme.

The complaints, seven in total, reflect German unease about
the mounting costs of dealing with the three-year debt crisis
and fears that the ECB bond-buying programme may violate the
taboo against direct central bank financing of state budgets.

Apr 15, 2013

Senior Kurd says hard for rebels to disarm before leaving Turkey

BERLIN (Reuters) – A top Kurdish politician said on Monday it would be difficult for Kurdish fighters to disarm before leaving Turkey under a peace process, stressing that the key issue was that they depart peacefully without contact with the Turkish military.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government is seeking a weapons-free pullout by militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as part of a drive to end a three-decades long conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people.

Mar 26, 2013

Germany warns Russia tax “raids” on NGOs may harm ties

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany complained to Russia on Tuesday about a series of tax inspections of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including two German think-tanks, saying the action could harm bilateral ties already strained by the Cyprus crisis.

The tax inspections of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) appear to be part of a wider ongoing investigation by Moscow of Russian and Western NGOs that activists say is aimed at stifling political dissent.

Mar 26, 2013

Russian raids on German groups may harm ties: Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany complained to Russia on Tuesday about a series of tax raids on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including two German think tanks, saying the action could harm bilateral ties already strained by the Cyprus crisis.

The tax inspections of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) appear to be part of a wider ongoing probe by Moscow of Russian and Western NGOs that activists say is aimed at stifling political dissent.

Mar 11, 2013

One in four Germans would back anti-euro party

BERLIN (Reuters) – One in four Germans would be set to vote in September’s federal election for a party that wants to quit the euro, according to an opinion poll published on Monday that highlights German unease over the costs of the euro zone crisis.

Germany’s mainstream parties remain solidly pro-euro despite grumbling over costly bailouts of Greece and others. A German taboo on nationalism, rooted in atonement for the crimes of the Nazi era, has helped to muffle eurosceptic voices.

Mar 10, 2013

Arrested “rogue financier” led colorful life

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Uffizi Gallery in Florence provided a fittingly lavish backdrop for the arrest on fraud charges of Florian Homm, a flamboyant German financier who has spent more than five years in hiding.

U.S. authorities accuse the former hedge fund manager of orchestrating a market manipulation scheme to artificially improve the performance of his funds, a fraud that led to at least $200 million in losses to investors.

Feb 11, 2013

Mother’s obsessive love exposed in Romanian movie at Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – Actress Luminita Gheorghiu plays a domineering mother trying to save her son from jail in “Child’s Pose”, a stark family drama from Romania competing in this year’s Berlin film festival.

The movie, directed by Calin Peter Netzer, shines an unforgiving light on the casual corruption and flashy materialism of post-communist Romania’s upper middle class which expects to be able to buy itself out of any difficulty.

Feb 8, 2013

New Polish film tackles homosexuality in Catholic Church

BERLIN (Reuters) – Polish director Malgoska Szumowska tackles the controversial topic of homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood in her film “In the Name of” that had its world premiere on Friday but she said her aim was not to deliver a political message.

“In the Name of”, the first of 19 competition entries to screen at this year’s Berlin film festival, focuses on a priest’s struggle with his sexuality while working with troubled youths in a deprived corner of rural Poland where drug and alcohol abuse are commonplace.

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      "I lead a team of around 20 journalists in Warsaw, including text reporters writing in English and in Polish, photographers and a small TV crew. I joined Reuters 20 years ago and Warsaw is my seventh assignment. I have also worked in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Brussels, Ankara and Sofia."
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