BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of
parliament on Friday approved a law allowing Europe’s biggest
economy to contribute to a 750 billion euro emergency debt
package despite wide public opposition to the move.
The Bundestag lower house passed the bill with 319 votes in
favour, 73 against and 195 abstentions. The Bundesrat upper
house is expected to pass the bill later on Friday before
President Horst Koehler can sign it into law.
BERLIN, May 17 (Reuters) – Germany is drawing up plans to
boost the euro and avert future debt crises, a finance ministry
spokesman said on Monday, declining to confirm reports Berlin
wants a German-style debt brake across the single currency zone.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other newspapers had reported
Berlin was pushing the idea of tougher fiscal rules based on a
German law to shield the euro zone from excessive debt.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The absence of two big Islamic groups from government-led talks to boost the integration of Germany’s 4 million Muslims overshadowed a meeting that agreed to tackle issues such as imam training, extremism and veils.
A row over the agenda and guest lists prompted Germany’s Central Council of Muslims to boycott the talks, with its head, Ayyub Axel Koehler, denouncing the conference as being “decreed by the government” and saying Muslims had been ignored.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is drawing up plans to boost the euro and avert future debt crises, a finance ministry spokesman said on Monday, declining to confirm reports Berlin wants a German-style debt brake across the single currency zone.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung and several other newspapers had reported Berlin was pushing the idea of tougher fiscal rules based on a German law to shield the euro zone from excessive debt.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew fire on Wednesday from some leading conservative allies, rattled by humiliating losses in a regional vote, who accused her of failing to show leadership and set clear priorities.
Merkel has taken the blame for a 10 percentage point slump in support for her conservatives in Sunday’s vote in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state, which has cost her majority in the upper house of parliament.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel has exposed her shortcomings as a crisis manager in the last few weeks and her growing weakness both at home and in Europe could undermine her efforts to impose the economic reforms Germany wants in the EU. The German chancellor, whose reputation has mutated from the bloc’s most skilled deal-broker to “Madame Non” in a matter of months, looks to have been browbeaten into agreeing a $1 trillion (672 billion pound) weekend deal to save the euro, the biggest burden of which falls on Germany.
On top of that came Sunday’s drubbing at the ballot box in a regional vote which has undermined her domestic authority. That result, which her conservatives blamed on the Greek debt crisis, may make her even more reluctant to show leadership in the EU.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition in a regional election on Sunday, depriving her of a majority in parliament’s upper house after she angered many voters by agreeing to aid Greece.
Here are some of the main implications of the closely watched election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state, for Merkel and policy in Europe’s biggest economy:
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans feel cheated over the Greek debt crisis and angry at having to pay for the excesses of the euro zone’s most egregious budget sinner.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has played to those emotions, dragging her feet on aid and demanding ever greater sacrifices from Athens as its borrowing costs soared until the crisis threatened to engulf other south European countries.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel began a tough drive to sell a bailout plan for Greece to skeptical Germans on Monday, saying it would help stabilize the euro.
The cabinet swiftly approved Berlin’s 22.4 billion euro ($29.83 billion) share of the 110 billion euros in emergency loans agreed by European finance ministers on Sunday. Both houses of parliament are expected to vote on it on Friday.
BERLIN, May 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s opposition Social
Democrats (SPD) will back Berlin’s contribution to a Greek
rescue only if Chancellor Angela Merkel commits to doing more to
fight market speculators, a senior party member said on Monday.
Merkel’s cabinet on Monday approved Germany’s 22 billion
euro share of a bailout package, triggered by European finance
ministers on Sunday. The lower and upper houses of parliament
are expected to vote on it on Friday.