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Jul 19, 2012

German MPs vow to protect circumcision after court ban

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament is set to pass a cross-party resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of baby boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews.

The main political parties have attacked the ruling by a Cologne court and conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has promised a new law to make clear doctors or families will not be punished for carrying out the procedure.

Jul 18, 2012

German lower house to pass Spanish aid despite Merkel revolt

BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a
test of authority within her centre-right coalition on Thursday
when the lower house of parliament votes on Berlin’s
contribution to an up to 100 billion euro ($122 billion) aid
package for Spanish banks.

The Bundestag is almost certain to approve the rescue since
members of opposition parties will back the measures.

Jul 11, 2012

“Nuisance” German court may exact price for euro approval

BERLIN, July 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s top court, which has
already proved a “nuisance” by delaying Europe’s newest tools
for fighting the debt crisis, is likely to set conditions for
their approval that could go as far as demanding a referendum.

“It is our task to be a nuisance when it comes to European
policy and integration,” is how one judge defined the role of
the Constitutional Court, which on Tuesday defied pressure for a
snap verdict to allow Germany to ratify the crisis measures. The
judge agreed to discuss the role on condition of anonymity.

Jul 5, 2012

German economists say ‘no’ to euro banking union

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 150 economists led by the head of Germany’s influential Ifo think tank urged voters on Thursday to lobby lawmakers to oppose plans for a European banking union that Chancellor Angela Merkel signed up to last week.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper released an open letter in which Hans-Werner Sinn and other experts said forcing Europe’s biggest economy to extend its liabilities to weaker euro zone states and their banks was not the answer to the region’s debt woes.

Jul 3, 2012

German CSU threatens to quit Merkel coalition over euro

BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of Bavaria’s conservatives threatened on Tuesday to pull out of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition if further euro zone states secure bailouts, saying there were limits to how far his party was prepared to go.

Although burly Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer, who faces a state election next year, has a tendency to pick fights and talk tough, his threat highlights the pressure Merkel is under at home after last week’s euro zone deal.

Jun 28, 2012

From Nazi to Terminator, Europe’s media target Merkel

BERLIN, June 28 (Reuters) – Demonised in Europe’s media as a
red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centre-fold pinup and a
fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
has become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough
stance on the euro zone crisis.

Already a figure of hate in Greece for insisting on
austerity in exchange for aid, Merkel has long endured montages
of herself in a Nazi uniform, but the runup to this week’s EU
summit has unleashed particularly savage images and headlines.

Jun 10, 2012

German opposition fuming before fiscal pact talks

BERLIN, June 10 (Reuters) – A media report that German
Chancellor Angela Merkel is not serious about implementing a
European financial transaction tax threatens to undermine an
initial deal struck last week with the opposition to help win
support for the EU’s planned fiscal pact.

Der Spiegel weekly reported on Sunday that Merkel’s Chief of
Staff Ronald Pofalla had said such a tax would not get passed in
the current legislative period and that was why her centre-right
coalition could look as if was accommodating the opposition.

Jun 6, 2012

Germany eyes job boom in renewables sector – study

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s expanding renewable
power industry will account for over half a million jobs by
2030, an increase of more than a third from current levels,
driven by strong solar and wind sectors, a study presented on
Wednesday showed.

The GWS think tank said it expected the number of jobs
linked to the renewables industry to rise to as much as 600,000
in 2030. Currently around 382,000 jobs are linked to the
industry, equivalent to about 1 percent of the workforce in
Europe’s biggest economy,

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.

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