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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.

Feb 6, 2013

Key ally of Germany’s Merkel to fight plagiarism ruling

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s education minister said on Wednesday she would take legal action against a decision to void her doctorate for alleged plagiarism, an untimely distraction for the German chancellor ahead of September’s national election.

German opposition lawmakers said Annette Schavan, a close Merkel ally, should resign after the University of Duesseldorf said on Tuesday that parts of her 1980 doctoral thesis had been copied and that it was stripping her of her PhD.

Jan 29, 2013

Greens’ push for conservative vote gives Merkel headache

BERLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens are on a roll
after a big jump in their support in a regional election this
month confirmed the growing mainstream appeal of a party once
seen as a fringe leftist movement but which now poses a
challenge to Angela Merkel.

Worryingly for the conservative Chancellor ahead of a
federal election in September, support for the Greens is
spreading from the cities to rural areas once dominated by her
Christian Democrats.

Jan 11, 2013

Cyprus sets hopes on uncertain bailout after rating cut

LIMASSOL, Cyprus/BERLIN (Reuters) – Cash-starved Cyprus set its hopes on securing a bailout that looked uncertain on Friday after a savage ratings downgrade from credit agency Moody’s dumped further economic misery on the island.

Moody’s cut Cyprus by three notches overnight, forecasting its debt pile was set to rise and with an increasing likelihood of default because of the capital needs of its banks, burnt by their exposure to indebted Greece.

Dec 12, 2012

Exhibition celebrates millennium of Russian-German ties

BERLIN, Dec 12 (Reuters) – From beeswax and birch bark to
war booty and gas pipelines, an exhibition now showing in Berlin
chronicles the long, colourful and sometimes tragic history of
relations between Germany and Russia, Europe’s two most populous

The “Russians and Germans” exhibition at the Neues Museum
focuses on cultural and trade contacts between the two peoples
stretching back to the 10th century and largely skirts the
political controversies that still dog their relationship.

Dec 7, 2012

Gloom and jokes as Financial Times Deutschland laid to rest

BERLIN, Dec 7 (Reuters) – German business daily Financial
Times Deutschland (FTD) bade farewell to its readers on Friday
in a final edition packed with gallows humour cartoons and
melancholy musings on the revolution in the media industry that
sealed its fate.

“Finally black”, was the laconic headline on a darkened
front page of the paper, which like its British namesake is
published in a salmon pink colour. Several letters of the
paper’s name were omitted to make it read ‘Final Times’.

Dec 5, 2012

Greece takes bottom EU spot in global corruption index

BERLIN (Reuters) – Greece has scored the worst ranking of all 27 European Union nations in a global league table of perceived official corruption, falling below ex-communist Bulgaria as public anger about graft soars during the country’s crisis.

The index on state sector corruption, published by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) on Wednesday, also showed other struggling euro zone countries scoring poorly such as Italy which ranked below Romania.

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.

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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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