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Oct 22, 2013

Merkel urged to ditch plan for German rent controls

BERLIN (Reuters) – A sharp rise in rental prices in German cities poses no risk to the broader economy and introducing rent controls would only exacerbate the problem, economists said on Tuesday ahead of coalition talks between Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats.

Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD both pledged during the recent election campaign to impose a cap on rents in order to slow the rapid increases seen in metropolitan areas such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt.

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SPD leader says Germany must ‘fight for Europe’

BERLIN (Reuters) – In his first speech since agreeing to coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the leader of the Social Democrats delivered an impassioned defense of European bailouts, saying Germany’s own success hinged on that of its neighbors.

Speaking to union members in the western city of Hanover, SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel also said his party would press for bolder measures to boost growth in talks with Merkel, describing high youth unemployment as Europe’s “biggest disgrace”.

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