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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

Mar 17, 2012

Anti-Communist pastor set to become German president

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.

Mar 17, 2012

Former Nazi guard Demjanjuk dead at 91: German police

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.

Feb 1, 2012

Germany’s Merkel to woo Chinese on euro, investments

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.

Dec 6, 2011

Debt crisis strikes Greek monuments, irks tourists

ATHENS (Reuters) – At the end of a sunny day on the Acropolis last month, Svein Davoy gazed awe-struck at the columns of the Parthenon gleaming in the twilight.

“It’s marvelous. This is where Western civilization began. I will certainly tell my friends to come to Greece and see all this,” enthused Davoy, 63, an economist from Norway.

Nov 24, 2011

EU welcomes long-awaited Greek letter – PM quoted

ATHENS (Reuters) – International lenders have welcomed a written pledge from Greece’s conservative party leader to back austerity measures, the prime minister was quoted as saying on Thursday, a move that should unlock loans needed to avoid national bankruptcy.

In a further boost for technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, a cabinet minister said the lenders would send a troika mission back to Athens next month to hold talks on Greece’s new 130 billion euro (112 billion pound) bailout plan.

Nov 19, 2011

Greek party chief resists EU/IMF pressure on pledge

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s creditors failed on Saturday to persuade the leader of the main conservative party to drop his refusal to sign a pledge that he will back austerity measures under a bailout deal aimed at saving the country from financial ruin.

Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, one of three parties in a new national unity coalition struggling to avert a disastrous default, says there is no need to provide a written guarantee because his word can be trusted.

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