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
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.
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.
BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Opposition from Germany’s
powerful environmental lobby is dimming prospects for shale gas
and sparking fears that major industries in Europe’s largest
economy will lose out to U.S. rivals tapping cheaper energy.
Those fears are piling pressure on German Chancellor Angela
Merkel from both sides of the debate ahead of an election in
BERLIN, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Germany said on Wednesday the
strong euro was not a concern and signalled opposition to a
French proposal for a mid-term target rate, exposing policy
divisions over mainland Europe’s currency between its top two
The comments from Berlin, where most politicians are firmly
opposed to currency intervention, precede talks later in the day
between Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois
BERLIN, Jan 8 (Reuters) – More evidence of sliding German
exports and industry orders on Tuesday compounded concerns that
the euro zone crisis may have battered the region’s largest
economy into contraction at the end of last year.
German imports and exports slid in November, narrowing the
trade surplus, and industry orders fell more than expected.
BERLIN, Dec 19 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
cabinet agreed on Wednesday to accelerate the construction of
2,800 km of new high-voltage power lines to push forward the
country’s shift to renewable energy.
However, in a sign of the complexities of formulating energy
policy in Europe’s biggest power market, two of her ministers
said they had failed to agree a common position on a proposed
reform of Europe’s system of permits to cut carbon emissions.
German politicians passed a law on Wednesday to protect the right to circumcise infant boys in a show of support for Muslims and Jews angered by a local court ban on the practice in May.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German politicians passed a law on Wednesday to protect the right to circumcise infant boys in a show of support for Muslims and Jews angered by a local court ban on the practice in May.
The ban – imposed on the grounds that circumcision amounted to “bodily harm” – triggered an emotional debate over the treatment of Jews and other religious minorities, a sensitive subject in a country still haunted by its Nazi past.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The heads of Germany’s 16 federal states unanimously agreed on Thursday to push ahead with a legal bid to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) despite reservations from Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The agreement follows a similar recommendation by regional interior ministers on Wednesday. The Bundesrat upper house, which represents the federal states, will now vote on December 14 on whether to file a case with the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.