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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.

Apr 10, 2013

Neo-Nazi network uncovered in German prisons

BERLIN (Reuters) – German authorities said on Wednesday they had uncovered a network of far-right activists in prisons communicating by secret code.

Among the names on the network’s address list was that of a woman who goes on trial next week accused of a series of racially motivated murders.

Apr 3, 2013
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Extensive but little-known German Holocaust archive reaches out to survivors

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(A filing cabinet containing original documents with information about prisoners of the former concentration camp of Auschwitz is seen at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in the central German town of Bad Arolsen May 10, 2006. REUTERS/Alex Grimm)

George Jaunzemis was three and a half years old when, in the chaotic weeks at the end of World War Two, he was separated from his mother as she fled with him from Germany to Belgium.

Apr 3, 2013

A unique resource, German Holocaust archive reaches out

BAD AROLSEN, Germany (Reuters) – George Jaunzemis was three and a half years old when, in the chaotic weeks at the end of World War Two, he was separated from his mother as she fled with him from Germany to Belgium.

He grew up in New Zealand with no memory of his early years, unaware the Latvian woman who had emigrated with him was not his real mother.

Apr 3, 2013

German Holocaust archive seeks new lease on life

BAD AROLSEN, Germany (Reuters) – George Jaunzemis was three and a half years old when, in the chaotic weeks at the end of World War Two, he was separated from his mother as she fled with him from Germany to Belgium.

He grew up in New Zealand with no memory of his early years, unaware the Latvian woman who had emigrated with him was not his real mother.

Mar 7, 2013

Time of the essence for Germany’s energy switch-Merkel

BERLIN, March 7 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
warned on Thursday time was of the essence if Germany was to
realise a shift to renewable energy, while her environment
minister vowed to make energy-intensive companies contribute
more to the transition.

Merkel’s ambitious switch to green energy from nuclear,
known as the ‘Energiewende’, is seen as the most significant
domestic policy of her second term. Renewables are due to
account for 35 percent of German power in 2020 and 80 percent by
2050.

Mar 6, 2013

Merkel cabinet accused of concealing growing German poverty gap

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet claimed credit on Wednesday for keeping the gap between Germany’s rich and poor relatively narrow, but the opposition accused it of covering up widening social divisions in an election year.

Unveiling a 550-page report on poverty delayed by months of disagreement within the government, the labour minister said the overall picture in Europe’s largest economy was good thanks to low unemployment levels and wage increases.

Feb 19, 2013

Possible Berlusconi comeback is nightmare for Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Fears are growing in Berlin that Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi may return to centre-stage after this weekend’s election, imperiling Rome’s reform drive and the euro zone’s tentative emergence from its debt crisis.

It is unclear whether 76-year-old Berlusconi, a scandal-ridden media tycoon and four times prime minister, will win enough support to wield influence, but even the possibility of a comeback is a nightmare for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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