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Feb 17, 2012

German state prosecutors want to end president immunity

BERLIN (Reuters) – German state prosecutors have asked the Bundestag to end the legal immunity of President Christiaan Wulff whom they suspect of accepting undue privileges, in an escalating scandal that could hurt Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Wullf has come embroiled over the past two months in a scandal over money, power and political favours that could cost him his job and damage Merkel who installed him in the largely ceremonial office in 2010.

Feb 16, 2012

Hungarian film shines light on Roma persecution

BERLIN, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A non-professional cast of
Roma actors portray a family struggling to survive in “Just the
Wind”, a gritty drama inspired by real-life attacks against
Hungary’s Roma community which premieres on Thursday at the
Berlin Film Festival.

The film, by Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf, depicts a
family living in a shack in a wood where several other Roma
families have already been gunned down.

Feb 15, 2012

German GDP drops, France edges up, periphery deep in gloom

BERLIN/PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s economy
contracted slightly in the last three months of the year while
France eked out an anaemic level of growth, suggesting the euro
zone may succumb to a mild recession with its high debtors still
deep in the mire.

German gross domestic product contracted 0.2 percent in the
fourth quarter, a slowdown from upwardly revised 0.6 percent
growth in the July-September period, data showed on Wednesday.

Feb 14, 2012

German economy pulls away from European pack

BERLIN (Reuters) – German analyst and investor sentiment leapt to its highest level in 10 months in February, reinforcing signs that Europe’s largest economy is returning to growth as the rest of the euro zone faces a mild recession.

The ZEW think tank’s monthly poll of economic sentiment jumped for the third month in a row, to its highest level since April 2011, smashing expectations and sending the euro to a session high against the dollar.

Feb 12, 2012

Victims and hostages bond in Philippine kidnap film

BERLIN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Boundaries between
kidnappers and hostages are blurred in Philippine drama
“Captive”, which stars French actress Isabelle Huppert and
premiered at the Berlin film festival on Sunday.

Directed by Filipino Brillante Mendoza and shot with a
hand-held camera, the film is loosely based on real life events
and tells the story of a group of holiday makers and
missionaries kidnapped in the Philippines by an al Qaeda-linked
rebel group.

Feb 11, 2012

Spanish thriller dredges up dark childhood secret

BERLIN (Reuters) – Spanish psychological thriller “Dictado” (Childish Games), depicting a man spooked by a little girl who revives a dark secret from his childhood, had viewers also on edge at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.

When Daniel’s childhood friend commits suicide, he takes the man’s seven-year-old daughter into his care. But some of the girl’s simplest actions put him on edge as they recall ominous childhood memories.

Feb 10, 2012

Senegalese film celebrates last day of life

BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) – “Tey”, a Senegalese modern
fairy-tale which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on
Friday, depicts a young man who wakes up inexplicably knowing
today is the last day of his life.

“Tey”, meaning “today” in the Wolof language, is one of
three films in the competition set in Africa, which festival
director Dieter Kosslick has described as “an almost forgotten
continent in film”.

Feb 8, 2012

Insight: The dark side of Germany’s jobs miracle

STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) – Anja has been scrubbing floors and washing dishes for two euros an hour over the past six years. She is bewildered when she sees newspapers hailing Germany’s “job miracle.”

“My company exploited me,” says the 50-year-old, sitting in the kitchen of her small flat in the eastern German town of Stralsund. “If I could find something else, I’d be long gone.”

Feb 8, 2012

The dark side of Germany’s jobs miracle

STRALSUND, Germany, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Anja has been
scrubbing floors and washing dishes for two euros an hour over
the past six years. She is bewildered when she sees newspapers
hailing Germany’s “job miracle”.

“My company exploited me,” says the 50-year-old, sitting in
the kitchen of her small flat in the eastern German town of
Stralsund. “If I could find something else, I’d be long gone.”

Feb 8, 2012

German exports down sharply in Dec after strong year

BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports fell at their fastest rate in nearly three years in December and imports unexpectedly dropped, adding to signs that the euro zone sovereign debt crisis hit the region’s top economy hard in the fourth quarter.

However, the data from the Federal Statistics Office also showed German exports notched up a fresh record for all-2011 and economists said forward-looking surveys suggested the economy was already back on track after an apparent brief contraction.

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