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Aug 28, 2013

Ballooning costs threaten Merkel’s bold energy overhaul

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s “green revolution” risks becoming a victim of its own success.

Seduced by generous subsidies, Germans are embracing the ambitious project with such fervor – installing solar panels on church roofs and converting sewage into heat – that instead of benefiting from a rise in green energy, they are straining under the subsidies’ cost and from surcharges.

Aug 27, 2013

Merkel faces pre-election balancing act on Syria

BERLIN (Reuters) – Just four weeks before she hopes to win a third term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel faces an unexpected problem that could damage her chances – how to respond to shocking pictures of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

She is caught between overwhelming opposition from German voters to military action in Syria and pressure from international allies to back their calls for “consequences”. Berlin’s decision two years ago not to support Western intervention in Libya has intensified that pressure.

Aug 25, 2013

Merkel tries to reassure nervous German voters over Greece

BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
sought to reassure voters on Sunday that Greece would not need a
debt writedown but left open the option of more aid for Athens
as she struggled to contain a dispute which could hurt her in
next month’s election.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble provoked a storm last
week when he told a campaign rally that a new rescue for Greece
was inevitable in comments that contradicted Merkel, who has
said it is too early to discuss additional aid.
The subject has dominated the election campaign ever since.

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.

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