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Aug 1, 2012

Germans gloomy on economy, Merkel support firm – Reuters Poll

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than half of Germans are pessimistic about the economy but support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives is holding firm, thanks partly to their tough stance on the euro zone, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.

The Forsa Institute survey, published in the Stern weekly, also showed Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), which has said Greece should quit the euro, reaching the five percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

Aug 1, 2012

Germans gloomy on economy, Merkel support firm: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than half of Germans are pessimistic about the economy but support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives is holding firm, thanks partly to their tough stance on the euro zone, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.

The Forsa Institute survey, published in the Stern weekly, also showed Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), which has said Greece should quit the euro, reaching the five percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

Jul 18, 2012

Merkel set to win Spanish aid vote despite rebels

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers look set to approve on Thursday Berlin’s contribution to a euro zone aid package for Spain’s ailing banks in a vote seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authority within her centre-right coalition.

Merkel can count on broad opposition support to push the bill through the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, but some members of her own coalition, nervous about the rising costs of the euro zone debt crisis for Germany, may rebel.

Jul 17, 2012

Circumcision ban makes Germany “laughing stock”: Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germany could become a laughing stock if it fails to overturn a district court ban on circumcision that has enraged Jews and Muslims.

Merkel’s government has already criticized the Cologne court ruling and promised a new law to protect the right to circumcise male infants, but the conservative leader’s strong comments underline how sensitive Germany is to charges of intolerance because of its Nazi past.

Jul 10, 2012

Watchdog tells “opaque” finance sector to open up

BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) – Big banks and insurers, which
played a central role in the global financial crisis, need to be
more open about their operations, a Berlin-based corruption
watchdog said on Tuesday.

In a report covering 105 global firms, Transparency
International (TI) singled out banks and insurers for special
criticism, saying opaque structures in their sector persisted.

Jun 29, 2012

German parliament approves EU bailout fund

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament resoundingly approved the euro zone’s permanent bailout scheme and new budget rules on Friday, but legal hurdles remain and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s concessions to euro zone partners Italy and Spain may make those harder to overcome.

The outcome of the vote was never seriously in doubt after opposition parties agreed to back the budget rules, or “fiscal compact”, in return for growth and job creation measures. Merkel needed their support to get a required two-thirds majority.

Jun 29, 2012

Bundestag approves EU bailout fund, fiscal pact

BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of
parliament resoundingly approved the euro zone’s permanent
bailout scheme and new budget rules on Friday, but legal hurdles
remain and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s concessions to euro zone
partners Italy and Spain may make those harder to overcome.

The outcome of the vote was never seriously in doubt after
opposition parties agreed to back the budget rules, or “fiscal
compact”, in return for growth and job creation measures. Merkel
needed their support to get a required two-thirds majority.

Jun 28, 2012

Crisis? Germans savour sunshine as euro storm blows

HANOVER, Germany, June 28 (Reuters) – For his fellow
Germans, explains businessman Roland Frobel, the euro crisis is
a hurricane that may have been spotted on the horizon but has
yet to blow in.

“The storm is coming, everybody knows that, but the
lightning has not struck yet,” said the chief financial officer
of Rossmann, one of Germany’s largest health and beauty retail
chains, at its headquarters near the northern city of Hanover.

Jun 22, 2012

Berlin photofest chronicles Greek rage

BERLIN, June 22 (Reuters) – Photo-journalist Nikos Pilos
used to travel the world to cover conflicts, now he only needs
to open his front door in Athens.

Pilos’s work, on display this week at Berlin’s Browse
Fotofestival, chronicles the violence, anger and despair
engulfing Greece as it tries to stave off economic collapse.

Jun 11, 2012

Market euphoria over Spanish bank bailout fades

MADRID/BERLIN (Reuters) – Financial market euphoria over an EU bailout for Spain’s troubled banks faded on Monday as investors sounded the alarm over its impact on public debt and worried whether Greek elections will deepen the euro zone crisis.

Madrid insisted it would stick to its borrowing plans this year after the European Union agreed to the bailout of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion), which is aimed at rescuing banks battered by a property market collapse and recession rather than helping the Spanish state finance its budget deficit.

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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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