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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.

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.

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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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