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Aug 31, 2015

Merkel says refugee crisis as challenging as reunifying Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel likened the test Germany faces in coping with a flood of refugees to the challenge of reunifying the country 25 years ago, and called on citizens on Monday to show flexibility, patience and openness.

At a 90-minute news conference at which she was peppered with questions on a range of subjects, including the euro zone, the Ukraine conflict and Iran, Merkel described Europe’s asylum crisis as a “huge national challenge” that would drag on for years.

Aug 31, 2015

Analysis – Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel’s biggest challenge

BERLIN (Reuters) – Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe’s refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015.

No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer.

In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda.

Aug 31, 2015

Refugee crisis suddenly Merkel’s biggest challenge

BERLIN (Reuters) – Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe’s refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015.

No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer.

In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda.

Aug 25, 2015

German party receives far-right threats after refugee visit

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) were forced to evacuate their headquarters on Tuesday after receiving a bomb threat and flood of racist emails and phone calls the party said were linked to leader Sigmar Gabriel’s visit to the eastern town of Heidenau.

The town near Dresden was the scene of violent clashes over the weekend as far-right militants, protesting against the arrival of around 250 refugees at a local shelter, pelted police with bottles and rocks, some shouting “Heil Hitler”.

Aug 17, 2015

Germany’s Schaeuble gives strong backing to Greek bailout

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday he had no qualms about urging fellow lawmakers to approve a new bailout for Greece in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, citing a dramatic change in the Greek government’s readiness to reform.

In a robust endorsement that could help Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition win broad backing for the bailout, Schaeuble said he was confident that the International Monetary Fund, whose imprimatur many lawmakers see as guaranteeing rigorous implementation of budgetary and reform targets, would take part.

Aug 16, 2015

Merkel says she expects IMF to take part in Greek bailout

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers on Sunday that the International Monetary Fund would take part in a new bailout for Greece, before a parliamentary vote in which many of her conservatives may break ranks and reject the rescue.

In her first public comments since her summer break, Merkel told broadcaster ZDF that she was sure Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, would ensure the participation of the fund if conditions on Greek pension reform and debt relief were met.

Aug 15, 2015

Uncertainty over IMF role in Greek rescue raises risks for Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will ask lawmakers to back an 86 billion euro ($95.5 billion) bailout for Greece at a special session of parliament on Wednesday despite uncertainty about whether the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is on board.

Parliamentary approval is not in doubt because the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens are expected to back the rescue but the vote could expose divisions in Merkel’s conservative ranks.

Aug 13, 2015

Artist Ai Weiwei says China at ‘critical point’

BERLIN (Reuters) – Ructions in the Chinese stock market and currency suggest the country has reached a “critical point” where the absence of democratic freedoms is a growing threat to economic stability, Chinese artist and free-speech advocate Ai Weiwei says.

Speaking to Reuters at his atelier in the basement of a former brewery in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, Ai was more outspoken about China’s one-party system than he has been in a series of interviews with German media in recent weeks.

Jul 23, 2015

‘Grexit’ struggle tests Germany’s power duo

BERLIN (Reuters) – On July 17th, her 61st birthday, Angela Merkel stepped to the podium in the Bundestag and urged German lawmakers to approve a new round of bailout negotiations with Greece, warning of “chaos and violence” if Athens were pushed out of the euro zone.

    The chancellor had worked tirelessly to negotiate the blueprint of a deal with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, forcing him to make major reform concessions at a marathon summit in Brussels days earlier. On the face of it, the deal looked like a victory for Merkel.

Jul 23, 2015

Insight – ‘Grexit’ struggle tests Germany’s power duo

BERLIN (Reuters) – On July 17th, her 61st birthday, Angela Merkel stepped to the podium in the Bundestag and urged German lawmakers to approve a new round of bailout negotiations with Greece, warning of “chaos and violence” if Athens were pushed out of the euro zone.

The chancellor had worked tirelessly to negotiate the blueprint of a deal with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, forcing him to make major reform concessions at a marathon summit in Brussels days earlier. On the face of it, the deal looked like a victory for Merkel.

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