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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.

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.

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      "Sarah covers economic and political news from Argentina as part of the Reuters Latin America reporting team. The focus this year is on a shift in policy ahead of key elections in late 2015 and signs of a slowdown in an economy marked by one of the world’s highest inflation rates. Sarah moved to Buenos Aires in 2014 from Berlin, where she reported on Europe’s largest economy for five years during the euro zone debt crisis. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in the London HQ in 2007 and has also done assignments in Frankfurt and Vienna. ..."
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