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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
BERLIN, May 2 (Reuters) – New wind farms off Germany’s North
Sea coast will provide an ideal habitat that could help restore
the lobster population near Heligoland after British bombing
during and after World War II drove them away.
Biologists at the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and
Marine Research are breeding 3,000 lobsters to be released next
year into the Borkum Riffgat offshore wind farm near the island
70 km off the German-Dutch coast.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will stick to its austerity course despite mounting criticism and thinks other countries in the single currency bloc should also keep up a drive to consolidate their budgets, senior German politicians said on Thursday.
Germany has been criticized by some euro zone partners for insisting that crisis-stricken states cut their deficits, especially after a meeting of the G20 called last weekend for the bloc to move away from its emphasis on saving first.
BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – German opposition parties accused Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Tuesday of protecting tax dodgers, seizing on the shock revelation that a top soccer manager had turned himself in to tax authorities and making it an election issue.
Uli Hoeness, the Bayern Munich president and an associate of Merkel, revered and reviled in Germany for his footballing success and blunt style, said he was trying to make up for a mistake by telling officials about a secret Swiss bank account.
BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) – The German state of
Rhineland-Palatinate said on Tuesday it had bought a CD
containing data on secret bank accounts which could yield half a
billion euros in tax revenues, triggering police raids across
It was unclear who sold the information but in the past,
unidentified whistleblowers have provided similar data to German
states, including North Rhine-Westphalia.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German authorities said on Wednesday they had uncovered a network of far-right activists in prisons communicating by secret code.
Among the names on the network’s address list was that of a woman who goes on trial next week accused of a series of racially motivated murders.