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Nov 4, 2014

Train drivers’ strike to mar Germany’s Berlin Wall party

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Germany is set for days of
transport chaos after a train drivers’ union called a strike
from Wednesday over pay and negotiating rights, threatening to
disrupt this weekend’s celebrations of the 25th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The GDL union announced a strike lasting more than four
days, the longest in the history of rail operator Deutsche Bahn
, a day after talks between the two sides broke down on

Nov 4, 2014

Merkel says euro zone extremely fragile

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday the euro zone was extremely fragile and made
clear Europe’s biggest economy would not borrow more to invest,
resisting pressure from some of its partners to do more to boost

Much economic progress had been made in the euro zone since
the height of the bloc’s debt crisis, Merkel said, noting
Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece had completed or were close
to exiting their bailout programmes.

Oct 30, 2014

Germany pledges to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured.

The disturbances coincided with growing concern that Western-led military action to stop the advance of Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq is radicalising some young people with Muslim immigrant backgrounds in Germany and elsewhere.

Oct 19, 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) canceled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travelers’ misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage.

Lufthansa said late on Sunday more than 200,000 passengers and two thirds of its scheduled flights – short and mid-length services, mostly within Europe – would be affected by the strike.

Oct 19, 2014

Lufthansa pilots threaten 8th strike, train drivers stoppage strands millions

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Oct 19 (Reuters) – A German pilots’ union
called for an eighth strike at Lufthansa on Monday and
Tuesday adding to travellers’ misery after millions were left
stranded by a weekend-long train drivers’ stoppage over pay and
negotiation rights.

Both hit at the start of a week-long, half-term holidays in
nearly half of Germany’s 16 federal states.

Oct 19, 2014

Germany’s Schaeuble wants more investment but no new debt

BERLIN, Oct 19 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble told a newspaper on Sunday that he wanted to increase
investment spending and improve competitiveness in Europe’s
biggest economy but not at the expense of achieving a balanced
budget next year.

A raft of gloomy economic data and expectations of a
slowdown in German growth has contributed to jitters on world
markets and Schaeuble is under pressure to spend on roads,
railways, broadband networks and energy grids to help growth.

Oct 18, 2014

Berlin gets a less glamorous mayor with focus on economy

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German capital will replace its party-loving mayor Klaus Wowereit with little-known politician Michael Mueller, the city’s Social Democrats (SPD) decided in a vote on Saturday.

Wowereit, famous for describing Berlin as “poor but sexy”, announced in August that he would quit in December, two years before the end of his term. Since then three SPD candidates have been jostling for support.

Oct 18, 2014

German train strike leaves millions stranded

BERLIN (Reuters) – Millions of passengers were left stranded across Germany on Saturday after train drivers began a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a dispute over pay and negotiation rights.

The GDL drivers’ union started their action at 2 am on Saturday morning for passenger trains. They return to work on Monday morning. Freight train drivers started their strike 11 hours earlier on Friday afternoon.

Oct 15, 2014

German arms export figures raise questions about new curbs

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s government defended its new, more restrictive policy on arms exports after critics jumped on new figures showing deals with countries outside the European Union and NATO fell only marginally in the first half of the year.

In response to criticism of arms sales to unstable regions like the Middle East, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has taken a more cautious approach to approving exports since his Social Democrats joined Angela Merkel’s conservatives in a coalition.

Oct 15, 2014

Bavaria may house overflow of refugees in Oktoberfest beer tents

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bavaria may house refugees in Oktoberfest beer festival tents as an influx of people fleeing war in Syria has stretched facilities to the limit, a leading newspaper said on Wednesday, highlighting a growing problem for Germany’s central government.

The prosperous German state’s ruling conservatives, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc, worry that more support is seeping away to new rightist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), and many blame the recent surge in refugee numbers.

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