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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.

Oct 25, 2011

Merkel calls for bailout fund support before vote

BERLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed
to German lawmakers from all parties on Tuesday to back plans to
boost the firepower of the euro zone rescue fund in a vote set
to take place hours before Wednesday’s crunch EU summit.

Merkel needs to win the parliamentary vote to have a mandate
to negotiate a deal with other EU leaders aimed at delivering a
range of measures to stop the euro zone debt crisis spiralling.

Oct 25, 2011

Merkel fights for broad German support for euro zone fund

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel was struggling on Tuesday to convince German lawmakers to back plans to boost the firepower of the euro zone rescue fund in a vote set to take place just hours before Wednesday’s crunch EU summit.

Merkel needs to win the parliamentary vote to have a mandate to negotiate a deal with other EU leaders aimed at delivering a range of measures to stop the euro zone debt crisis spiraling.

Oct 20, 2011

Merkel resists pressure for euro zone big bang

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Exhausted by two years of crisis,
Europe and its trading partners are hoping Chancellor Angela
Merkel will ditch her customary caution and sign up to a “big
bang” solution at Sunday’s EU summit — but she is unlikely to
deliver.

The German leader, accused by her critics of worsening the
euro zone’s debt debacle with her hesitant approach, has tried
to dampen expectations of the meeting.

Oct 12, 2011

Diary shows Germans could have known of Nazi horrors

BERLIN (Reuters) – The newly published diary of an indignant small-town official in Nazi Germany has stirred the sensitive debate over how much ordinary Germans knew of atrocities committed under Hitler, creating a wave of interest at home and abroad.

The diary of Friedrich Kellner “‘All Minds Blurred and Darkened’ Diaries 1939-1945″ came to prominence thanks to the intervention of the elder former U.S. President George Bush.

Oct 4, 2011

More beer, fewer brawls at Germany’s Oktoberfest

BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Revellers at Germany’s
Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival, consumed a
record 7.5 million litres (1.65 million Imp gallons) of beer
during the 17-day party which ended on Monday in blazing
sunshine.

Despite gloom in Germany about the spiralling debt crisis,
the festival drew some 6.9 million visitors, many clad in
traditional Bavarian lederhosen or dirndls, said the organisers.

Sep 29, 2011

Europe again steps back from brink in debt crisis

BERLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Following a now-familiar script,
Europe again averted disaster in its debt crisis when German
deputies rallied behind Chancellor Angela Merkel to approve a
stronger euro zone bailout fund on Thursday.

But bigger challenges lie ahead for the euro zone and
markets are already demanding more far-reaching measures to
prevent a crisis that began in Greece from spreading far beyond
Europe and its banks.

Sep 29, 2011

German MPs back euro crisis powers

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament approved new powers for the euro zone’s crisis fund on Thursday but it was not clear if Angela Merkel got enough votes from her coalition to silence rebels worried about funding a series of bailouts of countries like Greece.

Support from the opposition meant there had been no doubt Germany would okay new powers for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), which some countries like Finland have ratified but others, including Slovakia, are disputing.

Sep 29, 2011

German MPs back euro crisis powers, Merkel support unclear

BERLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament approved
new powers for the euro zone’s crisis fund on Thursday but it
was not clear if Angela Merkel got enough votes from her
coalition to silence rebels worried about funding a series of
bailouts of countries like Greece.

Support from the opposition meant there had been no doubt
Germany would okay new powers for the European Financial
Stability Facility (EFSF), which some countries like Finland
have ratified but others, including Slovakia, are disputing.

Sep 29, 2011

German parliament backs enhanced bailout fund

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament approved new powers for the euro zone’s crisis fund on Thursday but it was not clear if Angela Merkel got enough votes from her coalition to silence rebels worried about funding a series of bailouts of countries like Greece.

Support from the opposition meant there had been no doubt Germany would okay new powers for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), which some countries like Finland have ratified but others, including Slovakia, are disputing.

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