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Booming budget surplus puts pressure on Germany to spend

BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Germany posted its biggest budget
surplus since reunification in the first half of 2014,
underscoring the strength of its finances just as it encounters
growing pressure to spend more to bolster growth in Europe.

The budget figures came as a detailed breakdown of German
gross domestic product (GDP) data showed a sharp decline in
capital investments contributed to a 0.2 percent contraction in
the second quarter, further ammunition for advocates of
spending.

Sep 1, 2014
Sep 1, 2014

Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government’s taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, telling parliament on Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe.

A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters.

Sep 1, 2014

Booming budget surplus raises pressure on Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany posted its biggest budget surplus since reunification in the first half of 2014, underscoring the strength of its finances at a time it faces growing pressure to loosen the fiscal reins and spend more to bolster growth in Europe.

    The budget figures came as a detailed breakdown of German gross domestic product (GDP) data showed that a sharp decline in capital investments contributed to a 0.2 percent contraction in the second quarter, further ammunition for critics who say Germany must do more to boost spending.

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