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May 9, 2012

German SPD escalates euro showdown with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats, emboldened by a victory for the left in France, attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s austerity drive in Europe on Wednesday, accusing her of boosting the far-right in Greece and raising the risk of it exiting the euro zone.

The opposition SPD has so far been reluctant to openly challenge Merkel’s insistence on fiscal discipline, which German voters broadly support, but events in France and Greece have opened up a flank they are keen to attack, especially ahead of an election this weekend in Germany’s most populous state.

May 9, 2012

German trade locomotive powers ahead without EU

BERLIN, May 9 (Reuters) – German exports and imports both
leapt to record monthly levels in March, bolstering hopes that
Europe’s largest economy has escaped recession and highlighting
the country’s resilience to the euro zone’s deepening debt
crisis.

Wednesday’s data confirmed booming sales of high-quality
German products to non-European markets in Asia and elsewhere
but economists said the jump in imports also provided crumbs of
comfort to Germany’s struggling peers in the euro zone.

May 2, 2012

UK urges Germany to pull its weight more on defence

BERLIN (Reuters) – Britain urged Germany on Wednesday to beef up its contribution to European defence and security, in line with its economic might, as the United States focuses increasingly on the Asia-Pacific region.

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said he did not expect Germany, Europe’s largest economy, to spend more money in a time of general belt-tightening but said there was ample scope to improve the effectiveness of its forces.

Apr 23, 2012

German Pirates in hot water over Nazi comparison

BERLIN (Reuters) – A prominent member of Germany’s Pirates, a new party now ranking third in opinion polls and set to enter parliament next year, has compared his group’s meteoric rise to that of Adolf Hitler before 1933, sparking protests across the political spectrum.

“The ascent of the Pirate Party is proceeding as swiftly as the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or Nazis) between 1928 and 1933,” Martin Delius told Monday’s edition of the weekly news magazine Spiegel. He then tweeted his remark.

Apr 19, 2012

Nigeria safe for investors despite attacks-president

BERLIN, April 19 (Reuters) – President Goodluck Jonathan
insisted on Thursday Nigeria was safe for foreign investors,
while calling for Western logistical help to combat the radical
Islamist group Boko Haram.

The group, which wants Sharia (Islamic) law more widely
applied across Africa’s most populous nation, has killed
hundreds in gun and bomb attacks this year.

Apr 4, 2012

German author Grass says Israel endangers world peace

BERLIN (Reuters) – Nobel Prize-winning German writer Guenter Grass has attacked Israel as a threat to world peace and said it must not be allowed to launch military strikes against Iran, in a poem that one German newspaper branded “anti-Semitic”.

Grass, 84, a seasoned campaigner for left-wing causes and a critic of Western military interventions such as Iraq, also condemned German arms sales to Israel in his poem “What must be said”, published in several newspapers on Wednesday.

Mar 28, 2012

German govt wants fiscal pact approved by summer

BERLIN, March 28 (Reuters) – The German government dug in
its heels on Wednesday over the timing of a parliamentary vote
on a new fiscal discipline pact for Europe, saying it wanted the
legislation approved by the summer despite rising calls from
opposition parties for a delay.

The pact, which aims to enshrine German-style fiscal rules
across 25 EU countries, requires a two-thirds majority in
parliament to pass, meaning Chancellor Angela Merkel is
dependent on the opposition.

Mar 18, 2012
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Joachim Gauck, Lutheran pastor from the East, elected Germany’s president

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(Joachim Gauck stands in front of a TV screen with a picture of Germany's Federal Assembly after being elected by the assembly as president, in Berlin, March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Germans resoundingly elected Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from communist East Germany, as president of the European Union’s largest country on Sunday, posing a potential headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mar 18, 2012

Anti-Communist pastor Gauck elected German president

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans resoundingly elected Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from communist East Germany, as president of the European Union’s largest country on Sunday, posing a potential political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Gauck, 72, won 991 votes in the federal assembly comprising national and regional lawmakers that is charged with electing the president, a largely ceremonial office in Germany. His main rival, anti-Nazi campaigner Beate Klarsfeld, garnered 126 votes.

Mar 18, 2012

Former Nazi guard Demjanjuk dies in Germany aged 91

BERLIN (Reuters) – John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. engine mechanic convicted for his role in killing 28,000 Jews as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War Two, died on Saturday aged 91 in a care home in Germany, police said.

Once top of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi criminals, Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk denied

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