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Jul 26, 2013

German president says whistleblowers like Snowden merit respect

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s president, who helped expose the workings of East Germany’s dreaded Stasi secret police, said whistleblowers like U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom.

Weighing in on a debate that could influence September’s federal election, President Joachim Gauck struck a very different tone from that of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has assured Washington that Berlin would not shelter Snowden.

Jul 19, 2013

Merkel pressed on U.S. spying row before German election

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to reassure German voters on Friday that Germany is not a “surveillance state” and said she was pressing Washington for answers on reports of intrusive snooping by U.S. intelligence.

Revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs have filled German newspapers in the last two weeks and have become a headache for Merkel ahead of a September 22 election in which she is tipped to win a third term.

Jul 17, 2013

German police lead European raid on neo-Nazi terrorist suspects

BERLIN, July 17 (Reuters) – Police raided premises in
Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands on Wednesday seeking
evidence of planned terrorist attacks by a far-right group
calling itself the “Werewolf Squad”, German prosecutors said.

The Spiegel Online website said the group was suspected of
planning bomb attacks and had modelled itself on the “Werewolf”
commandos whom the Nazis planned to send behind enemy lines
towards the end of World War Two.

Jul 16, 2013

“Last chance” hunt for Nazi war criminals to start in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – A “last chance” campaign to root out surviving Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice before they die will be launched next week in Germany, almost 70 years after the end of World War Two.

Nazi-hunters have been encouraged by the prosecution last month in Hungary of 98-year-old Laszlo Csatary for helping to deport Jews to Auschwitz and by the arrest in Germany of Hans Lipschis, a suspected former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Jul 14, 2013

Merkel wants tough EU line on Internet firms after spying outcry

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Sunday to push for tougher EU data protection rules and force Internet firms to be more open as she tried to reassure voters before a September election about intrusive snooping by U.S. intelligence in Germany.

In an interview with ARD television, Merkel also said she expected the United States to stick to German laws in future, the closest she has come to acknowledging that its spying techniques may have breached German rules.

Jul 14, 2013

Germany’s anti-euro party stalls before election

BERLIN, July 14 (Reuters) – Just three months since its
launch in a blaze of publicity, Germany’s anti-euro party is
failing to strike a chord with voters and is unlikely to fulfil
predictions it will pose a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel in
September’s election.

Despite recent developments in Greece and Portugal reviving
fears of another flare-up in the euro crisis, polls show support
for the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) languishing around 2
percent, short of the 5 percent needed to enter

Jun 12, 2013

Merkel vows to rein in renewable subsidies

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Wednesday to scale back Germany’s generous system of subsidies to the renewables sector if she is re-elected in September, a move that would reduce the costs of her green revolution on consumers.

Merkel’s policy to wean Europe’s biggest power market off fossil fuels and to embrace renewables has led to a boom in green energy sources, but ballooning costs have led to calls for cuts to feed-in tariffs and for industry to pay more.

Jun 11, 2013

Germany has duty to boost domestic demand, says Merkel

BERLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed
on Tuesday to pursue her two-pronged approach of budget
consolidation and strengthening domestic demand if she is
re-elected in September, adding that Germany had a duty to
support the euro zone economy.

Courting votes in a major pre-election speech to the
influential BDI industry association, Merkel attacked opposition
plans to raise taxes and said her tax and investment policies
had helped keep unemployment low and imports robust.

Jun 7, 2013
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German court backs gay couples’ tax rights in setback to Merkel


(Revellers wearing flowers on their heads talk at the fringes of the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, June 23, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Germany’s top court said on Thursday that gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives just three months before an election.

May 23, 2013

Merkel protege struggles with Germany’s green revolution

BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel
appointed him for his charm and political skill as marshal of
her vision of a ‘green revolution’ in Europe’s biggest power
market. A year on, Peter Altmaier finds himself spurned by many
environmentalists, disdained by industry and viewed cooly by a
public wary of the costs.

Now, the chancellor herself seems to be turning her back on
him, an increasingly isolated figure, as September polls near.

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