BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government has obtained information that the United States may have monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel and she called President Barack Obama on Wednesday to demand an immediate clarification, her spokesman said.
In a strongly worded statement, the spokesman said Merkel had told Obama that if such surveillance had taken place it would represent a “grave breach of trust” between close allies.
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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) start hammering out compromises on economic, energy and euro policies on Wednesday, the opening day of talks on a coalition government that should be in place by Christmas.
Germany’s European partners will be watching the negotiations closely, hoping for a swift deal that allows the bloc to meet looming deadlines for its ambitious banking union.
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.