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Feb 3, 2012

Japanese artist sculpts space with sound and light

BERLIN (Reuters) – A blindingly white room filled with a single wave of sound contrasts with a dark room that is pierced by a cone of light in the first German solo exhibition of Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.

Ikeda, known for his electronic sound compositions and audiovisual installations, created the works specifically for the two vast symmetrical upper halls of Berlin’s contemporary art museum, the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Feb 1, 2012

A Minute With: Street artist Mark Jenkins

BERLIN (Reuters) – American street artist Mark Jenkins’s human sculptures staged in provocative poses in the middle of cities have proved so uncannily life-like they have sparked calls from passersby to the ambulance service or the police.

Dressed casually in a black baseball cap, baggy trousers and sneakers, the softly spoken Jenkins told Reuters he started his career by placing a figure in a refuse dump in Rio de Janeiro to draw attention to children living in the streets.

Jan 31, 2012

German retail sales unexpectedly fall in December

BERLIN (Reuters) – German retail sales fell unexpectedly in December, suggesting Europe’s debt crisis unsettled consumers during key Christmas trade, although economists said they expected the preliminary data to be revised upwards.

The notoriously volatile indicator fell 1.4 percent in real terms on the month, and 0.9 percent on an annual basis, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed. The indicator missed forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists for gains of 0.9 and 1.4 percent respectively.

Jan 30, 2012

Berlin tones down Greek budget overseer debate

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany tried on Monday to tone down reports, sparking indignation in Greece, that it wants a new euro zone “budget commissioner” with the power to veto budget decisions taken by the Greek government.

A German finance ministry spokesman said on Monday the euro zone was discussing several ways to closely guide the implementation of budget savings programs in countries that have taken up rescue funds, but had not settled on one proposal.

Jan 22, 2012

Newsmaker: Megaupload a story of Dotcom boom and bust

By Lincoln Feast and Sarah Marsh

(Reuters) – Among the roll-call of hip-hop artists and other celebrities plugging Megaupload.com’s digital storage services in an online promotional video, a cameo from the website’s founder would have gone unnoticed by many.

As the voiceover boasts of the site’s billion users and four percent share of all Internet traffic, a colossal figure clad in black appears in a music studio.

Jan 22, 2012

Newsmaker: Megaupload a story of Dotcom boom and bust

By Lincoln Feast and Sarah Marsh

(Reuters) – Among the roll-call of hip-hop artists and other celebrities plugging Megaupload.com’s digital storage services in an online promotional video, a cameo from the website’s founder would have gone unnoticed by many.

As the voiceover boasts of the site’s billion users and four percent share of all Internet traffic, a colossal figure clad in black appears in a music studio.

Jan 22, 2012

Megaupload story of Dotcom boom and bust

Jan 22 (Reuters) – Among the roll-call of hip-hop
artists and other celebrities plugging Megaupload.com’s digital
storage services in an online promotional video, a cameo from
the website’s founder would have gone unnoticed by many.

As the voiceover boasts of the site’s billion users and four
percent share of all Internet traffic, a colossal figure clad in
black appears in a music studio.

Jan 12, 2012

Economic growth cuts Germany’s 2011 borrowing

BERLIN (Reuters) – Strong economic growth rather than savings helped Germany borrow nearly two thirds less than originally planned in 2011, but borrowing will rise again this year as Europe’s bulwark economy starts to feel the pain of the euro debt crisis.

Net new government borrowing for 2011 was 17.3 billion euros, well below the originally planned 48.4 billion euros and down from November’s revised estimate for around 22 billion euros, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

Jan 9, 2012

Investors pay to lend to Germany, want more from France

BERLIN, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Investors paid to lend
Germany a combined 3.9 billion euros for six months on Monday,
accepting a loss in a renewed flight to safety from the euro
zone debt crisis.

France, by contrast, had to pay more to borrow short-term
funds, albeit that demand for its bills was strong. Investors
are increasingly focusing on a handful of euro zone economies,
notably Germany and The Netherlands, to park their money.

Jan 9, 2012

Investors pay to lend money to Germany

BERLIN, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Investors paid to lend
Germany a combined 3.9 billion euros for six months on Monday,
reflecting a renewed flight to safety on fears over the euro
zone debt crisis.

While yields on the bonds of peripheral euro zone countries
have hit record highs in recent months on concerns about the
debt crisis, Germany’s yields have fallen to record lows.

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      "Sarah Marsh is a Reuters correspondent based in Berlin, where she covers the economy, political and general news. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2007 and worked in London, Frankfurt and Vienna before moving to Berlin in May 2009."
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