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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.

Sep 28, 2011

Merkel hedges bets on Greece as euro pressure builds

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel worked to defuse revolt within her government on Wednesday, soothing fears Germany may be throwing good money after bad in Greece but acknowledging the concerns of those ready to humiliate her in a parliamentary vote.

“We are trying to avoid a Greek insolvency. But I cannot rule it out,” the famously cautious chancellor was quoted by Bild newspaper as telling her coalition — assuring them that voting a new EU bailout for Athens would not be wasted, but accepting too that German taxpayers’ money might be written off.

Sep 27, 2011

Greece will reform, Papandreou promises Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – Greece will meet its commitments to international lenders, Prime Minister George Papandreou told German industry leaders on Tuesday, appealing to his European partners to help him tackle the country’s debt crisis.

Papandreou, who must implement reforms to receive further aid, will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the euro zone debt crisis, two days before a parliamentary vote in Berlin on an expanded bailout fund to prop up weaker members in the bloc.

Sep 14, 2011

Analysis – Allies’ tough talk on Greece undermines Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – By picking a fight with Angela Merkel over the euro zone crisis to boost their popularity, Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) have deepened rifts in her coalition, hurt the chancellor’s authority and emboldened rebels before a crucial vote on the bailout fund.

The infighting could even undermine Merkel’s standing abroad at a time when the 17-member currency bloc is looking to Europe’s biggest economy for leadership in the debt crisis.

Sep 11, 2011

Merkel allies break taboo with Greek default talk

BERLIN (Reuters) – Senior politicians in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition have started talking openly about a Greek default, reflecting mounting concern in Europe’s biggest economy about the debt crisis and pressuring Greece.

“To stabilize the euro, there can no longer be any taboos,” Philipp Roesler, economy minister and leader of Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), told Die Welt.

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