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Nov 30, 2012

German lawmakers approve Greek bailout despite qualms

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers approved the latest bailout for Greece on Friday by a large majority despite growing unease about the cost to taxpayers less than a year before federal elections.

The outcome of the vote in the lower house was never in doubt but it was a test of Angela Merkel’s authority over her centre-right coalition. She did not manage to draw an absolute majority from her own ranks after 23 of her lawmakers rebelled.

Nov 29, 2012

German lawmakers to approve Greek bailout despite unease

BERLIN, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament will approve
a fresh bailout for Greece on Friday in a vote seen as a test of
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authority over her centre-right
coalition less than a year before federal elections.

The outcome of Friday’s vote in the Bundestag lower house is
not in doubt but Germans are deeply uneasy over the costs of the
euro zone debt crisis and the number of coalition lawmakers
voting against will be keenly watched.

Nov 28, 2012

Germans lament ‘never-ending story’ of Greek aid

BERLIN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – German lawmakers and media
accused the government on Wednesday of deceiving taxpayers over
the true costs of saving Greece and said the euro zone would
eventually have to write off much of its Greek debt.

The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, is
expected to vote on Friday on the package of measures agreed by
euro zone finance ministers this week which aim to cut Greek
debt to 124 percent of gross domestic product by 2020.

Nov 28, 2012

German media lament ‘never-ending story’ of Greek bailouts

BERLIN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – German media accused the
government on Wednesday of deceiving taxpayers over the true
costs of saving Greece and said the euro zone would eventually
have to write off much of its Greek debt.

The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament, is
expected to vote later this week on the package of measures
agreed by euro zone finance ministers late on Monday that aim to
cut Greek debt to 124 percent of gross domestic product by 2020.

Nov 27, 2012

Germany will back Greek aid but wary of hints at haircut

BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – German lawmakers are likely to
approve the release of Greek aid immediately despite suspicions
that talks on a debt write-down have just been delayed until
after Germany’s 2013 elections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition and the
opposition Social Democrats (SPD) said on Tuesday that the Greek
deal agreed overnight would be put to the vote in the Bundestag
lower house on Thursday or Friday.

Oct 30, 2012

German joblessness rises as euro zone crisis bites

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – German joblessness rose for a
seventh month in a row in October, highlighting the
vulnerability of Europe’s biggest economy to the euro zone
crisis.

Economists expect the trend to reverse, however, as growth
revives in the new year.

Sep 30, 2012

Merkel rival urges more help for Greece, lags in polls

BERLIN (Reuters) – The main opposition’s candidate for German chancellor, Peer Steinbrueck, laid out a gentler stance on Greece than Angela Merkel on Sunday, saying Athens needs more time to reform and should not be thrown out of the euro zone.

The opposition Social Democrats (SPD) named Steinbrueck on Friday as their candidate for chancellor, launching a year-long election campaign sure to be dominated by the euro zone crisis and its growing costs for German taxpayers.

Sep 28, 2012
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German Jewish leader deters anti-Semitic attack with gun

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(Berlin’s New Synagogue, 21 April 2010/Sarah Ewart)

A leading member of Germany’s Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting anti-Semetic abuse, the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany said its general secretary, Michael Kramer, had endured a barrage of threatening insults from the man after leaving a Berlin synagogue with his two daughters on Wednesday.

Sep 7, 2012

Merkel defends ECB after German outcry

BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel defended
the European Central Bank on Friday after its plan to buy the
debt of troubled euro zone states stirred outrage in Germany and
threats from some in her own party to try and block the scheme.

ECB President Mario Draghi unveiled plans on Thursday for
potentially unlimited purchases of bonds of up to three years
maturity issued by countries that request a European bailout and
fulfil strict domestic policy conditions. The German central
bank chief was the sole dissenting voice in the decision.

Sep 7, 2012

German media, lawmakers decry ECB ‘blank cheque’

BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative press
accused the European Central Bank on Friday of writing a “blank
cheque” to indebted euro zone states by agreeing to buy their
bonds, and some pro-government lawmakers threatened legal action
to stop the purchases.

ECB President Mario Draghi unveiled plans on Thursday for
potentially unlimited purchases of bonds of up to three years
maturity of countries that request a European bailout and fulfil
strict policy conditions. The German central bank chief was the
sole dissenting voice in the decision.

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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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