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Nov 7, 2015

Hitler was shrewd, not so hypnotic, new German biography says

BERLIN (Reuters) – A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader’s political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated.

Peter Longerich’s “Hitler”, to be published on Monday, is a 1,295-page tome that includes material from the diaries of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and early Hitler speeches.

Oct 24, 2015

EU’s Juncker wants decisions on Balkan refugee crisis on Sunday

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker aims to get a group of EU leaders attending a summit on Sunday to agree short-term steps to tackle the migrant crisis in the western Balkans.

As winter approaches, concern is growing for hundreds of thousands of migrants who are camped outside in western Balkan countries after arriving in Europe, many from Middle East war zones such as Syria.

Oct 22, 2015

German police warn of racist attacks on pro-refugee politicians

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police warned on Thursday of a growing risk of racially motivated attacks on politicians by right-wing radicals angry about an influx of migrants and said crimes directed at refugee shelters were rising dramatically.

The warning came five days after the stabbing of Henriette Reker, a mayoral candidate in the western city of Cologne. She was stabbed in the neck and seriously wounded on the eve of Sunday’s election, which she won. Media say she has been woken from an artificially induced coma and will make a full recovery.

Oct 20, 2015

Germany warns of growing right-wing radicalism amid refugee crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) – Cabinet ministers warned on Tuesday that right-wing radicalism and xenophobia are on the rise in Germany after the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement held its biggest rally in months, spurred on by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants.

Emboldened by popular fears about the refugee crisis, some 15-20,000 people joined the Monday evening rally in Dresden by Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA). Many waved German flags and chanted “Out! Out!”

Oct 7, 2015

Merkel puts ally in charge of refugee crisis as support wanes

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel installed one of her most trusted allies on Wednesday to oversee her government’s handling of the refugee crisis as a new poll showed support for her conservative bloc slipping to a four-month low.

Former environment minister and Merkel’s current chief of staff Peter Altmaier, a strong communicator, has taken over political coordination of the crisis, a move widely seen as a blow to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.

Oct 6, 2015

Germans give Hitler actor a warm welcome

BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A German actor who dressed up as
Adolf Hitler and travelled through the country for four weeks
chatting to smiling voters and stroking their pets for a film
that opens this week says he was shocked by the warm welcome he

The film “Look Who’s Back” is an adaptation of a satirical
novel by Timur Vermes which has sold over a million copies. In
it, Hitler wakes up in modern times, becomes a celebrity and
enters politics again.

Oct 6, 2015

German industry orders fall on weak non-euro zone demand

BERLIN (Reuters) – German industrial orders fell unexpectedly in August as demand from non-euro zone countries weakened, raising worries a slowdown in China will cut into exports from Europe’s biggest economy.

Contracts for German goods declined by 1.8 percent on the month, said the economy ministry. A Reuters poll had forecast a rise of 0.5 percent.

Sep 30, 2015

For Germans, worries swiftly follow refugee welcome party

BERLIN (Reuters) – Just weeks after politicians from Germany’s mainstream parties embraced Angela Merkel’s unusually warm welcome for refugees, the tone has turned sober, reflecting growing fears about the scale of looming problems.

Merkel’s own popularity has taken a hit from her handling of the crisis and unrest within her conservative ranks about how to absorb an influx of about 800,000 people this year is growing.

Sep 29, 2015

Germany agrees refugee package as support for Merkel slips

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed a package of measures on Tuesday to help German towns cope with the influx of asylum seekers, as a poll showed her conservatives dipping to a one-year low on concerns about her handling of the crisis.

Merkel has drawn criticism, especially among conservatives, for fuelling the influx by effectively giving asylum seekers the green light to come to Germany. Towns and cities in Europe’s biggest economy are struggling to cope with 800,000 refugees and migrants escaping war and poverty expected this year.

Sep 22, 2015

Volkswagen scandal threatens ‘Made in Germany’ image

BERLIN (Reuters) – Until last Friday, the mighty Volkswagen brand symbolized German engineering prowess and reliability.

In just four days, that has changed radically. A scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emission tests has engulfed the company and many Germans worry it will have a domino effect on their businesses, eroding the cherished ‘Made in Germany’ label.

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