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May 23, 2012

Merkel vows to push post-nuclear energy strategy

BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed
with Germany’s state premiers on Wednesday to step up efforts to
expand the power grid and resolve a dispute over solar
incentives as she tries to rescue plans for a switch away from
nuclear to renewable energy.

Merkel said her vision for an energy shift in Europe’s
biggest economy would require a lot of work and coordination but
all parties at the three-hour talks in Berlin had vowed to work
together despite clashing interests.

May 23, 2012

Merkel seeks deal on post-nuclear energy strategy

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new environment minister described a planned post-nuclear switch to renewable energy in Europe’s biggest economy as a “Herculean task” as 16 state premiers gathered to discuss the complex problem with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

Peter Altmaier, who took over as environment minister on Tuesday, vowed to break the deadlock between politicians, utilities, regulators and lobby groups whose clashing interests have undermined attempts to thrash out a strategy.

May 15, 2012

Merkel critics urge growth before talks with Hollande

BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s centre-left opposition
told Angela Merkel it would only support her fiscal pact if it
was accompanied by measures to boost growth and jobs, siding
with France’s new Socialist President Francois Hollande hours
ahead of his visit to Berlin.

Markets and policymakers are watching the dialogue between
Germany’s conservative chancellor and the new French leader for
signs that they can overcome their differences on Merkel’s drive
for austerity.

May 14, 2012

Could heartland victory help Kraft to Berlin?

BERLIN, May 14 (Reuters) – Her rivals call her Germany’s
“debt queen”, but Hannelore Kraft’s victory in a state election
at the weekend has driven speculation she could challenge
Chancellor Angela Merkel as the mother of a nation famed for its

Kraft’s ready smile and common touch helped her turn around
the fortunes of her Social Democrats (SPD) in the May 13 vote in
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and she was re-elected premier of
Germany’s most populous state.

May 2, 2012

Move over Merkel: German state finds its own “mummy”

BERLIN (Reuters) – A potential rival to conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel could spring to national prominence later this month if she clinches victory for the Social Democrats (SPD) in a major regional election.

Polls indicate Hannelore Kraft, 50, a tram-worker’s daughter with a ready smile and common touch, will win the closely-watched May 13 vote in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and be re-elected premier of Germany’s most populous state.

Apr 19, 2012
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Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany


(Supporters of ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim group hand out German-language versions of the Koran at the Potsdamer Platz square in downtown Berlin, April 14, 2012. The headline "Lies!" on the poster is German for "Read!" REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz )

A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.

Apr 19, 2012

Merkel ally says Islam not part of Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.

“Islam is not part of our tradition and identity in Germany and so does not belong in Germany,” Volker Kauder, head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in parliament, told the Passauer Neue Presse.

Apr 13, 2012

Schools unite to lift WW2 children from watery grave

BERLIN (Reuters) – One March day in the last weeks of World War Two, more than 70 German children squeezed into a plane designed for 14 hoping to be flown to safety from the advancing Soviet tanks in north-eastern Nazi Germany.

Minutes after takeoff the plane dived into an icy lake, killing everyone on board. Nearly 70 years later, former war foes Germany and Poland are joining forces to try to raise the wreck from Resko Przymorskie in western Poland.

Apr 8, 2012

Merkel coalition ahead, first time in 2 years – poll

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition has inched ahead of the main opposition parties for the first time in two years, a poll showed on Sunday – thanks to a surge in support for the maverick Pirate Party at the expense of the Social Democrats.

An Emnid poll for Bild am Sonntag newspaper put Merkel’s conservatives on 36 percent and their pro-business coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), unchanged at 4 percent.

Apr 8, 2012

Israel bars German writer Grass from visiting over poem

JERUSALEM/BERLIN (Reuters) – Israel declared Nobel Prize-winning German author Guenter Grass “persona non grata” on Sunday over a poem in which the former SS soldier described the Jewish state as a threat to world peace.

Grass would be barred from visiting for his “attempt to inflame hatred against the State of Israel and people of Israel, and thus to advance the idea to which he was publicly affiliated in his past donning of the SS uniform,” Interior Minister Eli Yishai said in a statement.

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