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Jul 14, 2013

Merkel wants tough EU line on Internet firms after spying outcry

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Sunday to push for tougher EU data protection rules and force Internet firms to be more open as she tried to reassure voters before a September election about intrusive snooping by U.S. intelligence in Germany.

In an interview with ARD television, Merkel also said she expected the United States to stick to German laws in future, the closest she has come to acknowledging that its spying techniques may have breached German rules.

Jul 14, 2013

Germany’s anti-euro party stalls before election

BERLIN, July 14 (Reuters) – Just three months since its
launch in a blaze of publicity, Germany’s anti-euro party is
failing to strike a chord with voters and is unlikely to fulfil
predictions it will pose a threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel in
September’s election.

Despite recent developments in Greece and Portugal reviving
fears of another flare-up in the euro crisis, polls show support
for the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) languishing around 2
percent, short of the 5 percent needed to enter
parliament.

Jun 12, 2013

Merkel vows to rein in renewable subsidies

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Wednesday to scale back Germany’s generous system of subsidies to the renewables sector if she is re-elected in September, a move that would reduce the costs of her green revolution on consumers.

Merkel’s policy to wean Europe’s biggest power market off fossil fuels and to embrace renewables has led to a boom in green energy sources, but ballooning costs have led to calls for cuts to feed-in tariffs and for industry to pay more.

Jun 11, 2013

Germany has duty to boost domestic demand, says Merkel

BERLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed
on Tuesday to pursue her two-pronged approach of budget
consolidation and strengthening domestic demand if she is
re-elected in September, adding that Germany had a duty to
support the euro zone economy.

Courting votes in a major pre-election speech to the
influential BDI industry association, Merkel attacked opposition
plans to raise taxes and said her tax and investment policies
had helped keep unemployment low and imports robust.

Jun 7, 2013
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German court backs gay couples’ tax rights in setback to Merkel

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(Revellers wearing flowers on their heads talk at the fringes of the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin, June 23, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Germany’s top court said on Thursday that gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives just three months before an election.

May 23, 2013

Merkel protege struggles with Germany’s green revolution

BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel
appointed him for his charm and political skill as marshal of
her vision of a ‘green revolution’ in Europe’s biggest power
market. A year on, Peter Altmaier finds himself spurned by many
environmentalists, disdained by industry and viewed cooly by a
public wary of the costs.

Now, the chancellor herself seems to be turning her back on
him, an increasingly isolated figure, as September polls near.

May 2, 2013

Wind farms to lure back German lobsters decimated by WW2

BERLIN, May 2 (Reuters) – New wind farms off Germany’s North
Sea coast will provide an ideal habitat that could help restore
the lobster population near Heligoland after British bombing
during and after World War II drove them away.

Biologists at the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and
Marine Research are breeding 3,000 lobsters to be released next
year into the Borkum Riffgat offshore wind farm near the island
70 km off the German-Dutch coast.

Apr 25, 2013

Germany vows to stick with austerity, urges others to do same

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will stick to its austerity course despite mounting criticism and thinks other countries in the single currency bloc should also keep up a drive to consolidate their budgets, senior German politicians said on Thursday.

Germany has been criticized by some euro zone partners for insisting that crisis-stricken states cut their deficits, especially after a meeting of the G20 called last weekend for the bloc to move away from its emphasis on saving first.

Apr 23, 2013

Soccer boss tax scandal gives Merkel a headache before election

BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – German opposition parties accused Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Tuesday of protecting tax dodgers, seizing on the shock revelation that a top soccer manager had turned himself in to tax authorities and making it an election issue.

Uli Hoeness, the Bayern Munich president and an associate of Merkel, revered and reviled in Germany for his footballing success and blunt style, said he was trying to make up for a mistake by telling officials about a secret Swiss bank account.

Apr 16, 2013

German state buys tax data in secret account crackdown

BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) – The German state of
Rhineland-Palatinate said on Tuesday it had bought a CD
containing data on secret bank accounts which could yield half a
billion euros in tax revenues, triggering police raids across
the country.

It was unclear who sold the information but in the past,
unidentified whistleblowers have provided similar data to German
states, including North Rhine-Westphalia.

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