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
Members of engineering union IG Metall played a decisive
role in pushing out powerful Volkswagen chairman
Ferdinand Piech over the weekend.
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.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande, whose relationship has sometimes been tense since the French Socialist took power in 2012, met in Berlin on Tuesday, a week after a German pilot with a history of depression steered an airliner into a mountain in southern France, killing 150 people.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil in the football World Cup last summer was uncomfortable to watch, even for jubilant Germans whose cheers turned to sheepish smiles as the goals piled up.
The bailout extension deal that Germany and its European partners clinched with Greece on Friday after weeks of public jousting between the countries had a similar feel.
BERLIN, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil
in the soccer World Cup last summer was uncomfortable to watch,
even for jubilant Germans whose cheers turned to sheepish smiles
as the goals piled up.
The bailout extension deal that Germany and its European
partners clinched with Greece on Friday after weeks of public
jousting between the countries had a similar feel.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government softened its tone on Greece a day after its finance minister firmly rejected Athens’ latest request for a bailout extension, saying that although the proposals needed work, they were a good basis for further talks.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble surprised his European partners and German cabinet colleagues on Thursday by dismissing a letter from his Greek counterpart as a stealth attempt to win more aid without committing to agreed budget and reform targets.
BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Germany condemned the seizure of
a strategic east Ukrainian town by pro-Russian rebels on
Wednesday as a “massive violation” of a ceasefire, but said it
was too early to call the broader Minsk peace plan dead or
ratchet up sanctions against Moscow.
The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the encircled town
of Debaltseve on Wednesday was a blow to German Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s efforts to clinch a negotiated solution to the
year-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.