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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.

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.

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