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Jan 29, 2014

Under Gabriel, Germany’s SPD sets the pace in Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has turned his Social Democrats (SPD) into a driving force in Berlin and so far stolen the headlines from his boss Angela Merkel, still hobbling on crutches after a skiing accident.

Determined to push through center-left policies in Europe’s biggest economy and boost the SPD’s chances of winning the next election in 2017, Gabriel and SPD ministers have set the agenda on issues from pensions to energy and foreign policy.

Jan 21, 2014

Germany’s industrial base at risk if green energy shift fails

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Germany risks undermining its
industrial base if it fails to undertake radical reform of
incentives for the country’s renewable energy sector, its new
economy minister said on Tuesday in a clear signal of his
support for industry.

German firms had to stay competitive, Sigmar Gabriel said a
day before he outlines planned changes to a renewable energy law
to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet, which sources say will
involve deep cuts in green energy support.

Jan 8, 2014

Germany looks into welfare abuse to tame immigrant row

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to explore new policies to stop immigrants abusing welfare benefits in an effort to defuse a row within her new right-left coalition over migrants from Romania and Bulgaria.

Immigration has become a hot issue in Germany, as also in Britain and France, due to the lifting of restrictions on the rights of Romanians and Bulgarians to work anywhere in the 28-nation European Union as of January 1.

Dec 30, 2013

Nazi-looted art found in German parliament: report

BERLIN (Reuters) – An art historian has found two art works stolen by the Nazis inside Germany’s parliament, a newspaper reported on Monday, in a new embarrassment for authorities after a huge stash of looted art came to light last month.

The Bundestag, in a statement issued after the report in Bild newspaper, said an art historian was reviewing two “suspicious cases”, but a spokesman would not confirm the find.

Dec 30, 2013

Schumacher ‘critical’ after skiing fall

PARIS (Reuters) – Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was in a ‘critical’ condition on Monday after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.

Doctors operated on the 44-year-old German for the second time during the night, according to the websites of German daily Bild and French local newspaper Dauphine Libere. Bild said doctors had drilled holes in his skull to reduce internal pressure, without citing its sources.

Dec 30, 2013

Motor racing-Schumacher ‘critical’ after skiing fall

PARIS, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was in a ‘critical’ condition on Monday after suffering head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel.

Doctors operated on the 44-year-old German for the second time during the night, according to the websites of German daily Bild and French local newspaper Dauphine Libere. Bild said doctors had drilled holes in his skull to reduce internal pressure, without citing its sources.

Dec 1, 2013

Polls show SPD supporters back German coalition deal before ballot

BERLIN (Reuters) – A majority of Social Democrat (SPD) supporters back the deal agreed last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, polls showed on Sunday, signalling grassroots members may vote for the “grand coalition” in a ballot.

Two months after Merkel emerged victorious from an election but fell just short of a parliamentary majority, the two sides agreed a 185-page blueprint for a right-left government that still has to be approved by SPD members.

Nov 20, 2013

German industry, central bank warn Merkel against reform slowdown

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Germany risks becoming
uncompetitive and losing business if it undermines labour and
welfare reforms and fails to implement new ones, an industry
body and its central bank warned politicians negotiating a new
government on Wednesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are in talks with
the Social Democrats (SPD) on forming a left-right coalition
next month, but agreements reached so far on individual policies
point to little in the way of deep reform.

Nov 14, 2013

French recovery fizzles, German growth slows

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – France’s economic recovery fizzled out in the third quarter of the year and German growth slowed, data showed on Thursday, indicating just how far the euro zone has to go to put years of crisis behind it.

The French economy contracted by 0.1 percent, snuffing out signs of revival from robust growth in the previous three months. It had been expected to post quarterly growth of 0.1 percent and has now shrunk in three of the last four quarters.

Oct 30, 2013

Berlin referendum on power grid could hurt Vattenfall

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Berliners vote this week on
returning the electricity grid of Germany’s capital and biggest
city to public hands, a move that could be bad news for the
licence owner, Swedish utility Vattenfall, in its
biggest market.

A “yes” vote on Sunday would deprive Vattenfall of a steady
revenue stream and disappoint any hopes the company might have
of getting a high price for the grid by selling it to investors.

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