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Sep 23, 2014

German Eurosceptics pose credit risk for weak euro zone states: S&P

BERLIN (Reuters) – A surge in popularity for a German Eurosceptic party could hit weaker euro zone countries’ borrowing costs, rating agency Standard & Poor’s said on Tuesday as a poll put national support for Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a record high.

Founded last year to oppose euro zone bailouts, the AfD fell short of winning enough votes to enter the federal parliament in last year’s election but has since entered the European Parliament and assemblies in three of Germany’s 16 states.

Sep 18, 2014

Germany to cut support for overseas coal plants

BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Germany plans to limit the
financial support that the KfW state development bank can give
to coal projects abroad, the environment ministry said on
Thursday, falling into line with wider international efforts to
limit global warming.

Critics of German energy policy argue that while Europe’s
biggest economy has embarked on a rapid expansion in renewable
energy at home, it continues to support coal – widely considered
a main contributor to global warming – both domestically and
abroad.

Sep 4, 2014

Is Merkel’s green zeal turning brown?

BERLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – For all Angela Merkel’s
headline-grabbing “green revolution”, Germany’s image as a world
leader on environmental policies is in danger of falling under
the shadow of the smoke stack and a cloud of exhaust fumes.

Increasing dependence on brown coal has raised doubts about
whether Berlin will hit its medium-term CO2 emission goals. And
though EU regulations have helped bring down vehicle emissions,
critics denounce the political reluctance to confront Germans’
passion for big, fast cars.

Sep 4, 2014

German industry orders weather Ukraine crisis in July rebound

BERLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – German industrial orders rose at
their strongest rate in more than a year in July, raising hopes
that Europe’s biggest economy may yet weather the crisis in
Ukraine and bounce back after a tricky second quarter.

Economy ministry data released on Thursday showed a 4.6
percent month-on-month increase in orders, rising more than
three times faster than the Reuters consensus forecast for a 1.5
percent increase as demand from outside the euro zone surged.

Aug 24, 2014

Merkel says arming Iraqi Kurds is significant, if risky, step

BERLIN, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s decision to send
weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq is a significant, if risky,
step for a country slowly taking on a bigger role on the world
stage, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

Germany, which since World War Two has been reluctant to get
involved in military missions abroad, last week broke a taboo by
saying it would arm Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State
militants in northern Iraq.

Jul 23, 2014

German lawmakers raise doubts about Russia hosting football World Cup

BERLIN (Reuters) – Several senior German lawmakers have raised the possibility of stripping Russia of its right to host the 2018 World Cup and the national football federation said it was very worried about events following the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Western states have blamed pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17 in which 298 people were killed.

Jul 23, 2014

German lawmakers raise doubts about Russia hosting soccer World Cup

BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) – Several senior German lawmakers have raised the possibility of stripping Russia of its right to host the 2018 World Cup and the national soccer federation said it was very worried about events following the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

Western states have blamed pro-Russian separatists battling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17 in which 298 people were killed.

Jul 17, 2014

Trial throws spotlight on Germany’s fairytale castle

BERLIN (Reuters) – The trial of a former employee at Germany’s most famous castle has triggered startling reports of the supposedly carefree habits of its staff – including wild parties in the sumptuous throne room after closing time.

The fairytale replica medieval castle of Neuschwanstein in the foothills of the Alps, whose turrets inspired Walt Disney, draws more than 1.5 million visitors a year and is one of Europe’s top tourist attractions.

Jul 16, 2014

Germany’s high-flying Merkel to mark low-key 60th birthday

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel, it seems, has had her fill of parties for now.

Just four days after joining Germany’s jubilant soccer players in their dressing room to revel in their World Cup triumph, the chancellor is making sure she doesn’t get carried away on her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Jul 15, 2014

Ecstatic Berlin crowds welcome victorious German team home

BERLIN (Reuters) – About a million jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national soccer team home to Berlin on Tuesday, many waving flags and banners saying “We are all World Champions!” as they basked in the nation’s fourth World Cup victory.

Hundreds of thousands of revellers packed Berlin’s “fan mile”, a 1.3 km stretch of road running from the west of the capital up to the Brandenburg Gate, for a huge party. Many more lined the streets in the city centre along the team’s route.

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