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Feb 23, 2012
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Germany’s Jews step out of the shadow of the Holocaust

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(Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal (3rd R) lights a giant menorah during a Hanukkah ceremony in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 20, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Yitshak Ehrenberg has witnessed a transformation in Germany’s Jewish community during his 15 years as an Orthodox rabbi in Berlin and he is determined to harness a new generation to ensure the religion thrives here.

Feb 23, 2012

Germany’s Jews step out of shadow of Holocaust

BERLIN (Reuters) – Yitshak Ehrenberg has witnessed a transformation in Germany’s Jewish community during his 15 years as an Orthodox rabbi in Berlin and he is determined to harness a new generation to ensure the religion thrives here.

“After the war, most of the community were refugees, survivors, broken souls who had lost their family and sometimes even their faith,” the 62-year-old told Reuters from a luxurious living room filled with modern art and family photographs.

Feb 21, 2012

Tough Greek deal likely to head off German backlash

BERLIN (Reuters) – The severity of conditions attached to Greece’s 130-billion-euro bailout deal looked set to head off a parliamentary backlash over the package in Berlin but Germans are still concerned about Athens’ long-term ability to meet the demands and repay loans.

Germany, the biggest euro zone contributor to the bailout, has taken a hard line in the tortuous negotiations with Greece, making Chancellor Angel Merkel a hate figure with some Greeks, with newspapers even printing montages of her in a Nazi uniform.

Feb 17, 2012

PenPix: Possible candidates for German presidency

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she would consult the centre-left opposition about a consensus candidate to replace Christian Wulff, who quit over a series of allegations about favours and his private finances.

Merkel hand-picked Wulff, a politician from her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), for the largely ceremonial post of head of state in 2010 after the former International Monetary Fund head Horst Koehler resigned as German president.

Feb 17, 2012

Possible candidates for German presidency

BERLIN, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she would consult the
centre-left opposition about a consensus candidate to replace
Christian Wulff, who quit over a series of allegations about
favours and his private finances.

Merkel hand-picked Wulff, a politician from her Christian
Democratic Union (CDU), for the largely ceremonial post of head
of state in 2010 after the former International Monetary Fund
head Horst Koehler resigned as German president.

Feb 17, 2012

German President Wulff quits over sleaze probe

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s hand-picked choice for the ceremonial post of president was expected to resign Friday in a scandal over political favors, dealing a blow to the German chancellor in the midst of the euro zone crisis.

Christian Wulff, who has been under fire for months, was to give a statement at 1000 GMT. Merkel abruptly postponed a trip to Rome where she was to hold talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and scheduled a news conference for after Wulff speaks.

Feb 17, 2012

German president set to resign, in blow to Merkel

BERLIN, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s hand-picked
choice for the ceremonial post of president was expected to
resign on Friday in a scandal over political favours, dealing a
blow to the German chancellor in the midst of the euro zone
crisis.

Christian Wulff, who has been under fire for months, was to
give a statement at 1000 GMT. Merkel abruptly postponed a trip
to Rome where she was to hold talks with Italian Prime Minister
Mario Monti, and scheduled a news conference for after Wulff
speaks.

Jan 27, 2012

Germans bury Prussia taboo to fete Frederick

POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) – Portraits of Frederick the Great line the streets, bookshops are bursting with new biographies, talk shows debate his legacy and toymaker Steiff has made a limited edition teddy bear of the Prussian ruler in his blue uniform coat and tricorn hat.

Germans gearing up for a year of celebrations to mark Frederick’s 300th birthday are showing a new, relaxed pride in the much-disputed figure and in Prussia itself, long considered a byword for the militarism glorified by the Nazis.

Jan 10, 2012

Newly bequeathed letter shows Beethoven’s misery

BERLIN (Reuters) – A rare handwritten letter by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven complaining about illness and a lack of money has turned up at a northern German institute as part of a bequest, causing excitement among lovers of the musical genius.

The Brahms Institute in the northern city of Luebeck said the six-page letter bearing the composer’s signature and original seal was, in essence, an attempt to sell his well-known “Missa solemnis” mass which he completed in 1823.

Jan 5, 2012

German president under renewed fire after apology

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper said on Thursday it planned to publish a potentially explosive transcript of a message left by President Christian Wulff for its editor trying to stop the publication of an embarrassing home loan story.

The move could further damage Wulff who on Wednesday went on television to try to defuse an escalating scandal about the private loan and his apparent attempt to pressure the paper.

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