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Jun 8, 2015

Greece talks of compromise as Merkel warns time short for deal

ATHENS/KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Greece proclaimed a new willingness to compromise with its international creditors on Monday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that time was running out for an reform-for-aid deal to keep the country in the euro.

Just three days after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the latest proposal from the EU and IMF as “absurd”, the Greek government said it is ready to negotiate a settlement acceptable to both sides by the end of this month – when Greece’s bailout program expires and the country faces default on its debts.

Jun 8, 2015

G7 leaders urge tough line on Russia at Alpine summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine.

The Ukraine conflict and a long-running debt standoff between Greece and its European partners dominated the first day of the annual meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Elmau, a luxury Alpine hotel in southern Germany.

Jun 7, 2015

G7 leaders urge tough line on Russia at start of summit

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations backed a tough line towards Moscow at the start of a summit in the Bavarian Alps, with U.S. President Barack Obama urging the gathering to stand up to Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Host Angela Merkel greeted Obama in the idyllic Alpine village of Kruen under blue skies, surrounded by locals in traditional dress, drinking beer and eating white sausage and pretzels.

Jun 6, 2015

Greece and Ukraine crises drown out G7 summit agenda

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations meet on Sunday in the Bavarian Alps for a summit overshadowed by Greece’s debt crisis and ongoing violence in Ukraine.

Host Angela Merkel is hoping to secure commitments from her G7 guests to tackle global warming to build momentum in the run-up to a major United Nations climate summit in Paris in December. The German agenda also foresees discussions on global health issues, from Ebola to antibiotics and tropical diseases.

May 28, 2015

World’s policeman wins rare applause for FIFA crackdown

BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States has infuriated some of its closest allies in recent years by fining their banks and spying on their citizens. But its latest extra-territorial salvo, a crackdown on graft at soccer’s global governing body, is winning wide applause abroad.

Following news on Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department, supported by FBI investigators, was charging nine current and former FIFA officials with illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes, the Twittersphere was flooded with rare cheers of approval for the “world’s policeman”.

May 12, 2015

Insight – Germany turns on its top gunmaker

OBERNDORF, Germany (Reuters) – In the lush forests of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white buildings that house a company under siege.

Heckler and Koch is one of the most successful gun makers in the world. Its HK416 assault rifle is said to have been used to kill Osama bin Laden and the G36 is standard issue for militaries across the globe.

May 12, 2015

Germany turns on its top gunmaker

OBERNDORF, Germany, May 12 (Reuters) – In the lush forests
of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white
buildings that house a company under siege.

Heckler and Koch is one of the most successful gun makers in
the world. Its HK416 assault rifle is said to have been used to
kill Osama bin Laden and the G36 is standard issue for
militaries across the globe.

May 4, 2015

Merkel intervenes as record German rail strike hits economy

BERLIN (Reuters) – In a rare intervention in an ongoing wage dispute, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged state railway Deutsche Bahn and striking train drivers to put an end to a long-running conflict that industry has denounced as “poison” for the German economy.

A record-setting seven-day strike by the GDL union of train drivers began on Monday, the eighth in a series of walkouts over pay and working conditions, threatening commuter chaos and disruption to vital supply chains.

Apr 27, 2015

Labour unions flex muscles in German corporate shake-ups

BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) – After years of waning
influence, German unions are flexing their muscles again,
unleashing waves of strikes, securing generous pay deals and
shaping strategy at some of the country’s most high profile
companies.

Members of engineering union IG Metall played a decisive
role in pushing out powerful Volkswagen chairman
Ferdinand Piech over the weekend.

Apr 18, 2015

Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal

BERLIN (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards.

Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is particularly high in Germany, in part due to rising anti-American sentiment linked to revelations of U.S. spying and fears of digital domination by firms like Google.

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