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Mar 27, 2014

Pledge to return Nazi-looted art welcomed, but with skepticism

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German recluse’s pledge to give his billion-dollar hoard of Nazi-looted artworks back to their rightful owners was welcomed on Thursday but also met with skepticism about how it would work in practice and whether all of it would actually be returned.

The legal custodian of Cornelius Gurlitt, who inherited the paintings drawings and sculptures from his father, said on Wednesday his client would return all works looted by the Nazis to their owners or owners’ descendants.

Mar 20, 2014

German “wise men” hike growth f’cast, say Ukraine crisis a risk

BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) – Germany’s “wise men” council of
economic advisers on Thursday hiked their forecast for 2014
growth in Europe’s largest economy to 1.9 percent from a
November estimate of 1.6 percent on the back of a strong start
to the year.

The panel, which advises the government on economic policy,
said the biggest risk to global growth was the conflict in
Ukraine. While Ukraine’s economy was of relatively little
importance, Russia’s was, especially as a key energy exporter.

Mar 11, 2014

German exports, imports surge at fastest pace in nearly 2 years

BERLIN, March 11 (Reuters) – German exports and imports
surged in January at the fastest pace in nearly two years, data
showed on Tuesday, adding to signs that Europe’s largest economy
started the year on a strong footing and is on track to robust
growth.

Data from the Federal Statistics Office showed
seasonally-adjusted exports up 2.2 percent in January, well
above a consensus forecast for a rise of 1.4 percent. Shipments
abroad had fallen 0.9 percent in December.

Feb 14, 2014

German, French growth creeps above forecasts in last months of 2013

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Economic growth in Germany and France, the euro zone’s two largest economies, marginally exceeded expectations in the fourth quarter and offered hope of a more robust 2014.

The euro zone number is due at 1000 GMT and forecast to show quarterly growth of 0.2 percent. Given the performance of its biggest constituent parts, that could be exceeded.

Feb 14, 2014

German economic growth unexpectedly accelerates in fourth-quarter

BERLIN (Reuters) – German economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to a rise in exports and capital investment, seasonally-adjusted data showed on Friday, suggesting Europe’s largest economy will pick up steam in 2014.

Coming after growth of 0.3 percent in the third quarter, the fourth quarter expansion beat the Statistics Office’s estimate last month for “around a quarter of a percentage point” and the median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for 0.3 percent.

Feb 14, 2014

German economic growth unexpectedly accelerates in Q4

BERLIN, Feb 14 (Reuters) – German economic growth
unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of
2013 thanks to a rise in exports and capital investment,
seasonally-adjusted data showed on Friday, suggesting Europe’s
largest economy will pick up steam in 2014.

Coming after growth of 0.3 percent in the third quarter, the
fourth quarter expansion beat the Statistics Office’s estimate
last month for “around a quarter of a percentage point” and the
median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for 0.3 percent.

Feb 13, 2014

German anti-euro party says won’t team up with xenophobes

WINSEN, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s anti-euro party is ready to team up with like-minded parties to block decisions if it enters the European Parliament after May elections, but it rejects cooperation with xenophobic politicians, its leader told Reuters.

Like other fringe parties across Europe with a eurosceptical bent, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is seen winning its first seats in any parliament in the vote despite some ugly infighting over the past few months.

Feb 12, 2014

Latin American cinema shows global ambition at Berlin fest

BERLIN (Reuters) – A “New Age” healer whose estranged son is a falconer are the odd couple at the heart of an English-language movie by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa that marked a coming-of-age moment for Latin American cinema at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday.

In a year when space blockbuster “Gravity” is tipped to bring Oscar glory to Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, smaller international productions with strong Latin American artistic input are increasingly making their mark.

Feb 10, 2014

Alain Resnais fuses art forms in new comedy at Berlin festival

BERLIN (Reuters) – At 91-years-old, veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais shows no sign of letting up his experimentation, drawing on theatre, graphic illustration and cinema in his whimsical comedy “Life of Riley” that premiered at Berlin’s festival on Monday.

In his third adaptation of a play by Britain’s Alan Ayckbourn, the lives of three couples are shaken up by the news their good friend George Riley is ill and has just months to live.

Feb 8, 2014

Clooney whistles at Berlin Fest, but reality does one better

BERLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) – George Clooney whistled a tune and
sang the praises of Belgian beer at the Berlin film festival for
the international premiere on Saturday of his World War Two art
caper “The Monuments Men”, but reality had already given him
publicity money can’t buy.

The premiere of the film which has been released in the
United States to mixed reviews was one of the most anticipated
events of the festival, where four German films are among 20
seeking the top prize.

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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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