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May 20, 2014

Top German Nazi-hunter readies Majdanek death camp cases

BERLIN (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Germany will soon get files on former guards at a Nazi death camp who could still be charged for their role in the Holocaust, the country’s top war-crimes investigator said on Tuesday, although he added that lack of evidence will keep many of the cases from going to trial.

“These investigations are largely completed,” Kurt Schrimm, the head of the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, told reporters. In the next two weeks, he said, the files will be handed over to prosecutors, who will then decide whether to press charges.

May 7, 2014

Weak French output casts doubts on growth, German industry orders slump

PARIS/BERLIN, May 7 (Reuters) – French factories produced
much less than expected in March while German industry orders
unexpectedly fell the most in 1-1/2 years, data showed on
Wednesday, feeding speculation of fresh European Central Bank
action to support the euro zone recovery.

France also reported a wider trade deficit, casting doubt on
President Francois Hollande’s recent predictions that the bloc’s
second-largest economy is finally turning around.

May 7, 2014

Ukraine’s Poroshenko urges more sanctions if Russia backs referendum

BERLIN (Reuters) – Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko urged Europe and the United States to agree on a third wave of sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin supports a referendum organized by separatists in eastern Ukraine on May 11.

Separatists in the Donbass region say they will hold a referendum on secession on Sunday, similar to the one that preceded Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. But such a move could complicate Ukraine’s May 25 presidential elections.

Apr 18, 2014

Glass half empty for Germany’s proud beer industry

FREISING, Germany, April 18 (Reuters) – Behind the pale
yellow walls of a former Benedictine monastery on a wooded hill
near Munich, the master brewers of Weihenstephan are still
perfecting their art after nearly 1,000 years of making beer.

Since Saint Corbinian and his monks first created a golden,
nourishing beverage from local hops, the world’s oldest brewery
has withstood fires, plagues, plundering foreign armies and
secularisation.

Apr 10, 2014

Russia may change budget rules to cope with Crimea: deputy PM

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russia may change its budget rules to reflect the addition of Crimea and its population of about 2 million people, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov was quoted as saying on Thursday during a visit to Berlin.

He told a German newspaper that Crimea – the Ukrainian Black Sea territory annexed by Moscow last month – needed investment in infrastructure that could not be covered by existing funds.

Apr 8, 2014

Germany ushers in renewable energy reform

BERLIN, April 8 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
cabinet approved on Tuesday a reform of Germany’s renewable
energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity in
Europe’s biggest economy driven by the rapid expansion of green
power.

The reform will slow the growth of green energy, which
accounts for 25 percent of Germany’s electricity, and force new
investors in green power to take some risk.

Apr 2, 2014

Green groups say German energy reform painful, despite concessions

BERLIN (Reuters) – Green groups in Germany warned on Wednesday that plans to scale back subsidies for renewable power would slow down the country’s so-called ‘energy revolution’, saying last minute concessions to help wind farm companies were not enough.

The deal on concessions agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional politicians late on Tuesday cleared the way for Berlin to finalize a draft law on reducing the subsidies – legislation that is being closely watched on power markets.

Mar 30, 2014

Debate on Russian energy imports strains German coalition

BERLIN, March 30 (Reuters) – A debate over whether Germany
needs to rethink its energy strategy and reduce its dependence
on Russian gas imports due to the Ukraine crisis is causing
tensions within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition.

Some senior centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have
questioned a remark by conservative Merkel that Europe’s biggest
economy, which imports some 35 percent of its gas from Russia,
would take another look at its energy policy amid the crisis.

Mar 25, 2014

Germany plans legal quotas for women on non-executive boards

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 100 listed German companies will be required to allocate 30 percent of seats on their non-executive boards to women, under planned new laws which were dismissed by critics as tokenism.

Although Europe’s biggest economy has a female leader in Chancellor Angela Merkel, women are under-represented in business life.

Mar 20, 2014

Merkel says EU will hit Russia with economic sanctions if needed

BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament.

The German leader, who has in the last few weeks toughened her stance against Russia over its actions in Ukraine and the integration of the Crimea region, also indicated that the Group of Eight economic powers may expel Russia from the exclusive club.

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