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Jul 30, 2015

German Social Democrats fret as ‘Mr Zig Zag’ stumbles

BERLIN (Reuters) – After a string of gaffes from their leader in the last few months, Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are openly doubting whether Sigmar Gabriel can beat conservative rival Angela Merkel in the next election due in 2017.

One SPD state premier has even quipped that it may not be worth putting up a candidate against the incumbent chancellor, who is near the peak of her powers after 10 years in office.

Jul 22, 2015

After 25 years together, study shows two Germanys still wide apart

BERLIN, July 22 (Reuters) – From the amount they earn to
their religious convictions and cars they drive, gaping
differences between Germans in the former Communist East and the
West persist after almost 25 years of reunification, a study
published on Wednesday showed.

Many don’t even like each other, with a third of East
Germans viewing westerners as arrogant.

Jul 2, 2015

Germany clinches coal deal after months of squabbling

BERLIN, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany has abandoned plans for a
levy on coal-fired power plants but will reduce brown-coal power
generation to safeguard its 2020 carbon-reduction targets,
coalition leaders agreed on Thursday.

The plans, which follow months of wrangling within Angela
Merkel’s government, were welcomed by industry but condemned by
environmental groups which accused the chancellor of selling out
to business interests.

May 21, 2015

Top German court wants higher sentence in Rwanda genocide case

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Rwandan already behind bars for assisting a massacre in Rwanda could face life in prison after Germany’s top court said he was also guilty of the graver crime of actively participating in genocide.

Onesphore Rwabukombe, who has lived in Germany since 2002, was a mayor in north Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by dominant Hutu forces in 100 days.

May 19, 2015

Merkel backs coalition partner after spy scandal rifts

BERLIN (Reuters) – Conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had a good working relationship with her Social Democrat (SPD) deputy after he homed in on her role in a row over the activities of the BND spy agency, which has put strains on their right-left coalition.

The expression of support for SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel came after a senior member of Merkel’s party talked openly for the first time of the potential breakup of the coalition due to the scandal, which has dented the chancellor’s popularity.

May 5, 2015

Spying row wrecks harmony in Merkel’s right-left coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) – German conservatives warned their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Tuesday not to score points in a row over the activities of the BND intelligence agency after an attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel by the SPD chief threatened unity in the coalition.

Sigmar Gabriel pushed Merkel into the spotlight on Monday over allegations that the BND had helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European firms and officials. [ID:nL5N0XV2DL}

Apr 30, 2015

Germans listen to fading voices of war’s last survivors

BERLIN (Reuters) – Huddled with her younger brother and scores of other children in a Berlin bunker, Gisela Teichmann was gripped by fear rather than relief when the German army capitulated 70 years ago on May 8, 1945, bringing the war in Europe to an end.

“There was no rejoicing. We were scared. The Russians were here, we were awfully frightened of them,” recalls the 80-year-old west Berliner whose father was killed on the Russian Front.

Apr 15, 2015

After 70 years, over 40 pct of Germans want closure on Nazi past

BERLIN, April 15 (Reuters) – Seventy years after the end of
World War Two, some 42 percent of Germans want to draw a line
under the Nazi past, a poll showed on Wednesday, as the nation’s
complex legacy continues to shape its international role and
domestic politics.

On the day that survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration
camp gather to mark the anniversary of its liberation, the Forsa
poll showed that 58 percent of Germans were unwilling to limit
or end their exposure to the history of the war.

Apr 12, 2015

Fight racist demons, top EU lawmaker says at Nazi camp ceremony

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of the European Parliament implored citizens to fight the “demons” of racism and anti-Semitism that still haunt Europe in a speech to mark the liberation of Germany’s Buchenwald concentration camp 70 years ago.

Buchenwald, near the city of Weimar, was the biggest concentration camp on German soil. Set up by Hitler’s SS in 1937, it held more than 250,000 Jews, Roma, homosexuals and other people not tolerated by the Nazis. More than 56,000 people died there from torture, medical experiments and starvation.

Apr 8, 2015

Germany’s PEGIDA eyes political office with mayoral candidacy

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s anti-Islam PEGIDA group called on supporters on Wednesday to back a defector from the eurosceptic AfD party running for mayor of Dresden in PEGIDA’s first shot at political office.

After drawing around 25,000 to weekly marches in the eastern city of Dresden at the height of its popularity in January, PEGIDA fell into disarray when leader Lutz Bachmann resigned after a photo of him posing as Hitler was published.

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