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Nov 5, 2015

German coalition optimistic on refugees deal as influx hits record

BERLIN (Reuters) – Senior figures in Germany’s ruling coalition parties sounded optimistic on Thursday about the prospects of reaching agreement on how to handle the influx of refugees pouring into the country.

The positive comments before meetings between coalition leaders came as official figures showed the number of new arrivals this year had hit almost 800,000 by the end of October – the total the government had been expecting for all 2015.

Nov 3, 2015

Britain’s Osborne to Germany: let’s do a deal on EU reform

BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) – British Finance Minister George
Osborne appealed to Germany on Tuesday to ensure euro zone
decisions and costs are not imposed on Britain in exchange for
help making the single currency union stronger.

Osborne, seen as the frontrunner to succeed Prime Minister
David Cameron, is leading a new round of talks in European
capitals, keen to sell Britain’s proposals for reform while
keeping vocal eurosceptics in his own party at bay before a
referendum on membership of the bloc by the end of 2017.

Nov 2, 2015

Britain needs legal safeguards for protection in EU -Osborne

BERLIN, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Britain cannot give up any more
sovereignty to the European Union (EU) and must have legal
safeguards to make sure members of the euro zone monetary bloc
do not damage British interests, finance minister George Osborne
will say.

In some of his strongest language yet to defend Britain’s
push to change the terms of its relationship with the EU,
Osborne will also tell German businessmen in Berlin “the British
people do not want to be part of an ever closer union”.

Nov 1, 2015

Merkel’s conservatives align refugee policy but coalition still at odds

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Sunday to fully resolve differences within her ruling coalition over how to deal with the huge refugee influx, leaving open a row that has rocked her government.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert described talks between the three party leaders as “constructive”, but said they would meet again on Thursday. German media had billed Sunday’s meeting as a crisis summit.

Nov 1, 2015

Merkel unable to defuse German coalition dispute on refugee policy

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Sunday to resolve differences within her ruling coalition on dealing with the crisis over a huge refugee influx, leaving open a row that has dented her conservatives’ popularity.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and long a magnet for migrants, expects between 800,000 and a million asylum seekers to arrive this year, twice as many as in any previous year, and far more than in any other European Union country.

Oct 30, 2015

Horst Seehofer: Merkel ally turned menace-in-chief

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – In December 2012, Bavarian
premier Horst Seehofer vowed his Christian Social Union would be
a “purring kitty, not a roaring lion” in coalition with
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Lavishing praise on Merkel, he told the CDU party congress
in Hanover: “We are proud of you. You are our number one.”

Oct 27, 2015

Merkel heads to China to defend under-pressure German business

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel flies to China on Wednesday to shore up German business interests challenged by Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) diesel emissions scandal and the flurry of deals clinched during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain last week.

Germany has the greatest trade exposure to China of the 28 European Union nations, largely thanks to demand for its cars and the strength of its engineering industry. But slower Chinese growth has hit German exporters and clouded their outlook.

Oct 23, 2015

Germany defends export of tanks to Qatar

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany defended on Friday a decision to allow the export of tanks and artillery to Qatar, saying it was confident the arms would not be used in a war in Yemen between government supporters and the Iran-allied Houthis.

The newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday that four German Leopard 2 tanks and three howitzers had recently been shipped from Germany, bound for Qatar.

Oct 19, 2015

Merkel, in bind on migrants, ready to back faster Turkish EU bid

ISTANBUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Turkey the prospect of support for faster progress on its bid to join the European Union on Sunday in return for cooperation in stemming the flow of migrants and taking back those rejected by Europe.

Speaking in Istanbul at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Merkel said Germany could help accelerate the path to visa-free travel to the EU for Turks and push forward Ankara’s protracted EU membership talks.

Oct 18, 2015

Support for Merkel’s bloc hits new low on refugee angst

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has fallen to its lowest since May 2013, a poll showed on Sunday, as her coalition partner said Germany must win over refugee skeptics or else risk “planting social explosives in our nation”.

Germany, a favored destination for migrants, expects 800,000 to a million refugees to arrive this year. Many Germans feel the country cannot cope with the record influx.

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      "I lead our economic news file from Berlin, where we report on the performance of the German economy – Europe’s largest – and economic policy: everything from financial regulation to dealing with the euro zone debt crisis. I previously reported on political and economic news from Paris and on earlier assignments worked in Frankfurt, Vienna and London."
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