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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
BERLIN (Reuters) – Joachim Gauck is poised to become Germany’s third president in just two years on Sunday after winning support from the country’s main political parties, but the feisty theologian may prove an awkward partner for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel reluctantly accepted Gauck for the mainly ceremonial post after her coalition ally joined opposition parties last month in backing him to replace Christian Wulff, who resigned in a scandal over financial favors.
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 southern Germany, police said.
A Munich court convicted Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk in May 2011 of helping to kill the Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. He was sentenced to five years in prison but freed because of his age.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel, buoyed by an EU summit that crowned her political ascendancy in Europe, will seek Beijing’s support for the ailing euro this week on a China tour showcasing the global reach of German firms and booming trade ties between the world’s top two exporters.
With most of Europe now signed up to a German-inspired pact for stricter budget discipline, Merkel wants China to contribute via the IMF to a financial firewall to stem contagion from the euro zone’s debt crisis, though she seems unlikely to succeed.