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Oct 28, 2015

Bavarian allies heap pressure on Merkel over refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under intense pressure for her handling of the refugee crisis on Wednesday, with her Bavarian allies warning of a full-blown coalition crisis unless she takes immediate action to limit a record influx of migrants.

The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have been outspoken in their criticism of her “open doors” policy towards asylum seekers, in part because their home state of Bavaria is the entry point for virtually all of the migrants arriving in Germany.

Oct 28, 2015

Germany strikes sharper tone on refugees as Merkel sinks in polls

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany toughened its rhetoric on Wednesday in response to an accelerating influx of asylum seekers, pledging to step up deportations of migrants and accusing its neighbor Austria of trying to push refugees over their common border after dark.

The sharper tone from Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came as a new poll showed support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives slumping to a three-year low over her handling of the refugee crisis.

Oct 19, 2015

Merkel’s embrace of Turkey draws criticism in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew criticism on Monday for embracing Turkey to enlist its support in the refugee crisis.

Berlin’s leftist and Green opposition accused her of meddling in a Turkish election campaign while her conservative Bavarian allies warned against any attempt to revive Ankara’s stalled EU membership bid.

Oct 8, 2015

German exports plunge as China, VW cloud German growth outlook

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) – German exports plunged in August
by their largest amount since the height of the global financial
crisis and leading institutes cut 2015 growth forecasts in the
latest sign that an emerging market slowdown is hurting Europe’s
largest economy.

The institutes stuck to their forecast for 1.8 percent
growth next year, however, saying private consumption, boosted
by low unemployment, strong wage gains and a positive impact
from refugees, would offset the weaker export momentum.

Oct 7, 2015

Merkel puts ally in charge of refugee crisis as support wanes

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel installed one of her most trusted allies on Wednesday to oversee her government’s handling of the refugee crisis as a new poll showed support for her conservatives slipping to a four-month low.

The decision to give her chief of staff Peter Altmaier responsibility for political coordination of the crisis comes as reports of violent clashes at refugee shelters and of overburdened local communities deepen the scepticism of ordinary Germans towards the influx.

Sep 26, 2015

Insight – VW scandal exposes cosy ties between industry and Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel learned early in her political career that taking on the German car industry carries risks.

    It was the spring of 1995 and the newly appointed environment minister was trying to convince her cabinet colleagues to back a bold new set of anti-smog rules that included tougher speed limits and summer driving bans.

Sep 26, 2015

VW scandal exposes cozy ties between industry and Berlin

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel learned early in
her political career that taking on the German car industry
carries risks.

It was the spring of 1995 and the newly appointed
environment minister was trying to convince her cabinet
colleagues to back a bold new set of anti-smog rules that
included tougher speed limits and summer driving bans.

Sep 17, 2015

Loyal Merkel ally in firing line over refugee crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) – A few years ago, Thomas de Maiziere was seen as a leading candidate to succeed Angela Merkel one day. What he lacked in charisma, he made up for in competence and reliability, the same traits that had vaulted his boss into the German chancellery.

Now the 61-year-old interior minister, a stern protestant who earned the nickname “paper-clip” for poring over documents during a stint as defense minister, looks like damaged goods, accused of botching Berlin’s response to the refugee crisis.

Sep 15, 2015

Weary of refugees, Munich gears up for Oktoberfest

MUNICH, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s decision to restore
border controls to stem a tide of refugees may have stunned
Europe, but it is being cheered in Munich as it gears up for a
far bigger influx of 6 million beer-swigging visitors to the
182nd Oktoberfest.

The annual festival, known here as the “Wiesn” because it is
held on the Theresienwiese, an open space near the city centre,
is a fun-loving celebration where 7.5 million litres of brew are
consumed over a two-week period by locals and tourists alike,
many decked out in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.

Sep 13, 2015

As refugee crisis grows, Germany introduces border controls

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) – Germany temporarily introduced border controls on Sunday in a bid to stem the flow of thousands of refugees arriving every day as senior ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said the crisis was pushing Germany to its limits.

Europe’s largest and richest economy has been a magnet for many people fleeing war and poverty in Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. Police said around 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich alone on Saturday, and around another 4,500 had arrived already on Sunday.

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