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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.

Sep 10, 2011

Germans fear losing sway as their top man quits ECB

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans expressed shock and dread about the direction of euro zone policy on Saturday after their top official at the European Central Bank resigned in a conflict over the bank’s response to the debt crisis.

The resignation of ECB chief economist Juergen Stark, a member of Angela Merkel’s conservatives, is also a major blow to the Chancellor who has been deserted by several top allies and this month faces a vote on expanding the euro zone bailout fund which could even cost her job.

Sep 10, 2011

Germans fear losing sway as their top man quits ECB

BERLIN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Germans expressed shock and
dread about the direction of euro zone policy on Saturday after
their top official at the European Central Bank resigned in a
conflict over the bank’s response to the debt crisis.

The resignation of ECB chief economist Juergen Stark, a
member of Angela Merkel’s conservatives, is also a major blow to
the Chancellor who has been deserted by several top allies and
this month faces a vote on expanding the euro zone bailout fund
which could even cost her job.

Sep 10, 2011

Germans fear losing sway as top man quits ECB

BERLIN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Germans expressed shock and fear
about the direction of euro zone policy on Saturday after their
top official at the European Central Bank resigned over a
conflict over the bank’s response to the debt crisis.

The resignation of ECB chief economist Juergen Stark, a
member of Angela Merkel’s conservatives, is also a major blow to
the Chancellor who has been deserted by several top allies and
this month faces a vote on expanding the euro zone bailout fund
which could even cost her job.

Sep 8, 2011

Greek backsliding sparks euro exit talk

BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Anger at Greece’s failure to meet
fiscal targets that are a condition for its international
bailout is nearing breaking point in Berlin and other European
capitals, with senior politicians now talking openly about the
possibility of Athens exiting the euro zone.

Horst Seehofer, the head of the Bavarian Christian Social
Union (CSU), was the first prominent figure in Germany to
suggest publicly that Greece might eventually be forced to leave
the 17-nation single currency bloc in an interview in the Bild
newspaper on Wednesday.

Aug 25, 2011

Kohl attack adds to Merkel’s woes before EFSF vote

BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Former German Chancellor Helmut
Kohl, a driving force of European integration, has launched an
unusual public attack on Angela Merkel’s foreign policy, adding
his voice to a chorus of criticism of her leadership from fellow
conservatives.

Kohl said policies ranging from cooperation with European
partners to ties with the United States lacked direction and
risked undermining German influence.

Aug 17, 2011

Germany says transaction tax would be EU-wide

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany said on Wednesday that it wants a financial transaction tax outlined by Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to apply to the whole European Union, not just the 17 euro zone states.

With euro zone banks and exchanges worried about being put at a disadvantage to EU financial centers outside the currency zone, notably London, Merkel’s spokesman made clear that the intention was to make the tax apply to all 27 EU members.

Jun 11, 2010

Germany’s Merkel chastises bickering coalition

BERLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
ordered the parties in her centre-right coalition on Friday to
stop squabbling over government policies and trading insults
with each other, saying it undermined voters’ confidence.

In the last couple of weeks, sharp differences within
Merkel’s coalition of conservatives and the pro-business Free
Democrats (FDP) have been exposed and politicians from the three
parties have hurled insults at each other.

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