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Feb 6, 2013

Germany, France at odds on threat of euro strength

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
economies.

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
Hollande.

Jan 8, 2013

German trade, industry data point to economy shrinking

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.

Dec 19, 2012

German cabinet agrees to expand power grid faster

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.

Dec 12, 2012
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Germany passes law to protect circumcision, overruling court decision

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(Protestors wearing overalls daubed with red paint on the genital area, demonstrate against male circumcision, in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin December 12, 2012.  REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski )

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.

Dec 12, 2012

Germany passes law to protect circumcision after outcry

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.

Dec 6, 2012

German state heads agree to push ban on far-right NPD

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.

Dec 6, 2012

German state premiers agree to push ahead with NPD ban

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.

Dec 5, 2012

Germany moves towards ban on far-right NPD party

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany took a step towards banning the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) on Wednesday when politicians formally recommended going ahead with hotly disputed legal proceedings as dozens of right-wing party backers boldly demonstrated outside.

Calls for a ban of the NPD, which critics say is inspired by Hitler’s Nazis, have grown since it emerged last year a neo-Nazi cell had waged a racist killing spree over nearly a decade.

Nov 29, 2012

German right won’t snub Merkel in Greek vote: ally

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel will not need votes from opponents on the left to get a bailout for Greece through the German parliament, a senior ally said on Thursday, despite a growing revolt within the chancellor’s conservative coalition.

Less than a year before a general election in which she will seek a third term, Friday’s vote on measures agreed by euro zone finance ministers this week to cut Greek debt is widely seen as a test of Merkel’s authority over her own supporters.

Nov 28, 2012

German lawmakers condemn Google campaign against copyright law

BERLIN (Reuters) – Senior German politicians have denounced as propaganda a campaign by Google to mobilize public opinion against proposed legislation to let publishers charge search engines for displaying newspaper articles.

Internet lobbyists say they are worried the German law will set a precedent for other countries such as France and Italy that have shown an interest in having Google pay publishers for the right to show their news snippets in its search results.

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