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Dec 3, 2014

Germany steps up CO2 cuts to meet 2020 climate goals

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet approved a new plan on Wednesday to slash CO2 emissions in order to meet its ambitious climate targets, but environmental groups criticised the government for not going further in reducing its reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The package, which includes an energy efficiency programme that could trigger billions of euros in investment, is essential if Germany is to hit its goal of a 40 percent drop in emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels. The broader EU is aiming to cut emissions by the same amount by 2030.

Dec 2, 2014

Germany targeting coal plants to reach 2020 climate goals

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet will on
Wednesday agree plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million
tonnes by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired
plants, to help Europe’s biggest economy meet ambitious targets
to fight climate change.

The package, which also includes an energy efficiency
programme, is essential if Chancellor Angel Merkel is to avoid
the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40
percent reduction in emissions by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

Nov 27, 2014

German unemployment falls to record low in November

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s unemployment rate touched a record low of 6.6 percent in November, underscoring the huge gap in labour market conditions between Europe’s largest economy and its struggling euro zone partners.

The number of unemployed people decreased by a larger-than-expected 14,000 to 2.872 million, seasonally-adjusted data from the Federal Labour Office showed. The jobless total was the lowest in 23 years.

Nov 26, 2014

Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

BERLIN (Reuters) – A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel’s grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

Bodo Ramelow, a no-nonsense trade unionist who grew up in West Germany, is expected to become state premier of Thuringia on Dec. 5 in a coalition of his Left party, the environmentalist Greens and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), ending 24 years of conservative rule there.

Nov 20, 2014

U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 bln in pledges at Berlin conference

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Donor nations pledged up to $9.3
billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries
tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the
funds fell short of what they want.

The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan
agreed in 2009 whereby rich countries agreed to give $100
billion a year from both public and private sources from 2020 to
help developing nations reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a
changing global climate.

Nov 20, 2014

Green Climate Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference

BERLIN (Reuters) – Donor nations pledged a total $9.3 billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what is needed.

The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan agreed in 2009 whereby rich countries agreed to mobilize $100 billion a year from both public and private sources from 2020 to help developing nations adapt to a changing global climate and reduce their own carbon emissions.

Nov 4, 2014

Train drivers’ strike to mar Germany’s Berlin Wall party

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Germany is set for days of
transport chaos after a train drivers’ union called a strike
from Wednesday over pay and negotiating rights, threatening to
disrupt this weekend’s celebrations of the 25th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The GDL union announced a strike lasting more than four
days, the longest in the history of rail operator Deutsche Bahn
, a day after talks between the two sides broke down on
Monday.

Nov 4, 2014

Merkel says euro zone extremely fragile

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday the euro zone was extremely fragile and made
clear Europe’s biggest economy would not borrow more to invest,
resisting pressure from some of its partners to do more to boost
growth.

Much economic progress had been made in the euro zone since
the height of the bloc’s debt crisis, Merkel said, noting
Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece had completed or were close
to exiting their bailout programmes.

Oct 30, 2014

Germany pledges to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured.

The disturbances coincided with growing concern that Western-led military action to stop the advance of Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq is radicalising some young people with Muslim immigrant backgrounds in Germany and elsewhere.

Oct 19, 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) canceled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travelers’ misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage.

Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights – short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe – would be affected by the strike.

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