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May 31, 2012

For Spanish workers, Europe’s not working

MADRID (Reuters) – After more than a decade working as doctors, Spaniards Elena Casillas and Esther Perea are back in the classroom, and it’s not easy. Some of their classmates need dictionaries to compose basic sentences. Others need help with word order. For everyone, the biggest challenge is pronunciation.

“When I first heard German, I thought, ‘My God, it’s horrible,’” says 40-year old Casillas, one of a dozen medics recruited by a private German hospital group which is giving the pair free classes in Madrid with the promise of work at a German hospital if they come up to scratch.

May 31, 2012

Insight: For Spanish workers, Europe’s not working

MADRID (Reuters) – After more than a decade working as doctors, Spaniards Elena Casillas and Esther Perea are back in the classroom, and it’s not easy. Some of their classmates need dictionaries to compose basic sentences. Others need help with word order. For everyone, the biggest challenge is pronunciation.

“When I first heard German, I thought, ‘My God, it’s horrible,’” says 40-year old Casillas, one of a dozen medics recruited by a private German hospital group which is giving the pair free classes in Madrid with the promise of work at a German hospital if they come up to scratch.

May 24, 2012

German SPD ups pressure on Merkel with growth call

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe’s new fiscal pact must emphasize growth as well as austerity, Germany’s main opposition party said on Thursday, echoing French calls for a shift in strategy before a meeting at which Chancellor Angela Merkel will ask it to back the plan.

The Social Democrats (SPD) have already threatened to embarrass Merkel by delaying a vote on the deal, designed to cement budget discipline within the crisis-hit euro zone. Germany’s leader wants to push legislation through parliament on the fiscal pact and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) bailout fund before the summer recess.

May 23, 2012

Merkel vows to push post-nuclear energy strategy

BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed
with Germany’s state premiers on Wednesday to step up efforts to
expand the power grid and resolve a dispute over solar
incentives as she tries to rescue plans for a switch away from
nuclear to renewable energy.

Merkel said her vision for an energy shift in Europe’s
biggest economy would require a lot of work and coordination but
all parties at the three-hour talks in Berlin had vowed to work
together despite clashing interests.

May 23, 2012

Merkel seeks deal on post-nuclear energy strategy

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new environment minister described a planned post-nuclear switch to renewable energy in Europe’s biggest economy as a “Herculean task” as 16 state premiers gathered to discuss the complex problem with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

Peter Altmaier, who took over as environment minister on Tuesday, vowed to break the deadlock between politicians, utilities, regulators and lobby groups whose clashing interests have undermined attempts to thrash out a strategy.

May 15, 2012

Merkel critics urge growth before talks with Hollande

BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s centre-left opposition
told Angela Merkel it would only support her fiscal pact if it
was accompanied by measures to boost growth and jobs, siding
with France’s new Socialist President Francois Hollande hours
ahead of his visit to Berlin.

Markets and policymakers are watching the dialogue between
Germany’s conservative chancellor and the new French leader for
signs that they can overcome their differences on Merkel’s drive
for austerity.

May 14, 2012

Could heartland victory help Kraft to Berlin?

BERLIN, May 14 (Reuters) – Her rivals call her Germany’s
“debt queen”, but Hannelore Kraft’s victory in a state election
at the weekend has driven speculation she could challenge
Chancellor Angela Merkel as the mother of a nation famed for its
frugality.

Kraft’s ready smile and common touch helped her turn around
the fortunes of her Social Democrats (SPD) in the May 13 vote in
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and she was re-elected premier of
Germany’s most populous state.

May 2, 2012

Move over Merkel: German state finds its own “mummy”

BERLIN (Reuters) – A potential rival to conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel could spring to national prominence later this month if she clinches victory for the Social Democrats (SPD) in a major regional election.

Polls indicate Hannelore Kraft, 50, a tram-worker’s daughter with a ready smile and common touch, will win the closely-watched May 13 vote in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and be re-elected premier of Germany’s most populous state.

Apr 19, 2012
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Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany

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(Supporters of ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim group hand out German-language versions of the Koran at the Potsdamer Platz square in downtown Berlin, April 14, 2012. The headline "Lies!" on the poster is German for "Read!" REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz )

A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.

Apr 19, 2012

Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.

“Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in Germany and so does not belong in Germany,” Volker Kauder, head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in parliament, told the Passauer Neue Presse.

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