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Jan 4, 2012

German president admits “grave mistake”, won’t resign

BERLIN (Reuters) – German President Christian Wulff admitted on Wednesday making a “grave mistake” by trying to stop a paper publishing an embarrassing story about a home loan, but said he had no plans to resign.

The scandal that has swirled around Wulff since mid-December risks becoming a major distraction for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she tries to focus on solving the euro zone debt crisis.

Jan 4, 2012

Merkel backs German president amid media scandal

BERLIN, Jan 4 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela
Merkel gave her backing on Wednesday to President Christian
Wulff, who has faced growing pressure to resign for trying to
stop Germany’s top-selling newspaper from publishing an
embarrassing story on a home loan scandal.

The scandal is becoming a major distraction for Merkel as
she tries to focus on solving the euro zone debt crisis. Critics
say it reflects badly on her judgement as she pushed for Wulff’s
election in 2010 over a popular opposition candidate.

Jan 3, 2012

Pressure mounts on German president after media threat

BERLIN (Reuters) – German President Christian Wulff faced growing pressure to step aside on Tuesday after several conservative allies turned against him for trying to kill an embarrassing newspaper story on a home loan scandal.

Waning support from parties in Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition, which voted Wulff into office 18 months ago, underscored how precarious his position is and raised the risk of the scandal becoming a major distraction for the chancellor as she grapples with the euro zone debt crisis.

Dec 4, 2011

Germany risks isolation in EU, warns ex-chancellor

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former Social Democrat Chancellor Helmut Schmidt urged Germans on Sunday to soothe what he said were growing fears of German dominance in Europe and come to the rescue of debt-stricken euro zone partners.

In an hour-long speech to a party conference, the chain-smoking 92-year-old said Berlin risked isolation if it tried to impose its ideas on European partners. Instead, Schmidt argued, Germany should embrace further European integration.

Dec 4, 2011

Afghans need decade of help, Karzai says before Bonn talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai appealed to delegates at talks on the future of Afghanistan to support his nation with financial and military aid for a decade after troops withdraw to ensure a stable future, in a magazine interview on Sunday.

The conference in the German city of Bonn, which starts on Monday, takes place a decade after a first Bonn conference on Afghanistan which ended in high hopes for its future.

Dec 3, 2011

German finance minister details debt fund plan before EU summit

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Finance Minister spelled out details on Saturday of his proposal for national redemption funds for excess sovereign debt which he intends to present at a crunch summit of EU leaders next week aimed at restoring confidence in the euro.

Wolfgang Schaeuble outlined his plans under which states would effectively siphon off a chunk of their debt to a special national fund and pay it off over about 20 years while committing to reforms to keep debt levels on target.

Dec 3, 2011

German FinMin details debt fund plan before EU summit

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s Finance Minister
spelled out details on Saturday of his proposal for national
redemption funds for excess sovereign debt which he intends to
present at a crunch summit of EU leaders next week aimed at
restoring confidence in the euro.

Wolfgang Schaeuble outlined his plans under which states
would effectively siphon off a chunk of their debt to a special
national fund and pay it off over about 20 years while
committing to reforms to keep debt levels on target.

Nov 24, 2011

Germany wakes up to festering neo-Nazi threat

BERLIN (Reuters) – After 30 years living in eastern Germany, Mozambique-born Ibrahimo Alberto this summer decided he could endure no more daily racist abuse. He turned his back on his job, gave up on what had become his home and moved with his family to the west.

The last straw for Alberto came when his son was playing in a soccer match and an opponent shouted: “Nigger swine. I’ll beat you to death.”

Nov 15, 2011

Shocked Germany vows to fight neo-Nazis after murders

LEIPZIG/BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives urged her on Tuesday to step up the fight against right-wing extremists following the chance discovery that a group of neo-Nazis had been murdering immigrants for years.

Merkel has described as a national disgrace the existence of a cell, called the National Socialist Underground, whose members are now suspected of killing between 2000 and 2007 at least nine immigrants, eight Turks and a Greek, and a police woman.

Nov 2, 2011

German jobless rises, first time in nearly 2 years

BERLIN (Reuters) – Unemployment in Germany unexpectedly rose in October, the first increase since early 2010, data showed on Wednesday, compounding fears about the effects of a slowdown in Europe’s biggest economy.

The seasonally adjusted figures from the Federal Labour Office showed unemployment rose by 10,000 compared to an expected drop of 10,000. That pushed the unemployment rate up to 7.0 percent from 6.9 percent in September.

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