BERLIN (Reuters) – The German town where Martin Luther helped inspire the Protestant Reformation five centuries ago has drawn accusations of honoring blasphemy for nominating Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot for a freedom of speech prize.
Politicians in Lutherstadt Wittenberg have recommended Pussy Riot for the national “Fearless Word” prize in honor of Luther, a monk excommunicated and outlawed after nailing 95 theses to a church door in 1517 and criticizing the mighty Catholic Church.
BERLIN, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is seeking help
from her estranged, former mentor Helmut Kohl, architect of the
euro, to restore voter faith in the European project before next
Realising her own future is tied to that of the EU, Merkel
has in the last month softened her rhetoric towards the most
indebted euro zone states. Next week she will make a rare joint
appearance with former Christian Democrat (CDU) chancellor Kohl.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel may be the most powerful woman in Europe, but this week the chancellor’s plans to save the euro lie in the hands of Andreas Vosskuhle, the supreme court judge known as Germany’s most powerful man.
In a ruling with global ramifications, the Constitutional Court is expected on Wednesday to allow an EU bailout fund and budget pact, although most legal experts expect it to impose conditions to show that parliament controls Germany’s budget.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s top court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s election law is unconstitutional, leaving Europe’s biggest economy with no valid rules on how to distribute seats in the Bundestag lower house just over a year before the next vote.
The Karlsruhe-based Constitutional Court upheld a case brought by the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and more than over 3,000 citizens against the law, which was altered by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition last year.
BERLIN, July 24 (Reuters) – The prospect of Europe’s biggest
economy losing its cherished AAA credit status has unsettled
Germans, already angry about footing the bill for bailouts, and
triggered calls for an even tougher stance on Greece and other
euro zone laggards.
While politicians and economists were at pains to argue that
Moody’s downward revision to Germany’s credit rating outlook
would have little immediate impact on borrowing
costs, ordinary Germans said they were worried.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews and sparked an emotional debate in the country.
The main political parties have criticised the ruling by a Cologne court and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.