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Jun 26, 2013

For many German Turks, Merkel’s tough Turkey stance makes sense

BERLIN (Reuters) – For Recep Demir, a businessman from Germany’s large Turkish diaspora, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opposition to Turkey joining the European Union makes perfect sense.

The chancellor, seeking a third term in power in elections in September, is ostensibly appealing to conservative supporters by postponing talks on Turkey’s accession to the 27-member bloc.

Jun 22, 2013

Tension ‘undeniable’ as German and Turkish ministers meet

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister said tensions with Ankara were undeniable after he met his Turkish counterpart on Saturday amid a row over Berlin’s criticism of a crackdown on protesters in Turkey and its reluctance to see Turkey join the EU.

Germany and Turkey on Friday summoned each other’s ambassadors for tit-for-tat reproaches after Merkel said she was “appalled” by Ankara’s response to the protests, and a Turkish cabinet minister accused her of blocking Turkey’s accession to the EU because she was “looking for domestic political material for her elections”.

Jun 19, 2013

Michelle Obama lays roses at bloodiest site along Berlin Wall

BERLIN (Reuters) – Michelle Obama and her daughters threaded roses through the narrow slots of a Berlin Wall memorial on Wednesday, honoring those who died trying to cross the Cold War barrier at a site which holds special poignancy in the once divided city.

Accompanied by Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer, who like the German leader hails from the former East Germany, President Barack Obama’s family toured the Bernauer Strasse memorial where desperate residents of East Berlin once tried to jump from their windows into the western half of the city.

Jun 7, 2013

Bundesbank dampens optimism over German economy

BERLIN (Reuters) – German industrial output and trade activity rose sharply in April but the Bundesbank cut its growth forecast for this year, saying Europe’s largest economy would slow down again after a second-quarter surge.

The jump in activity offered some encouragement to other euro zone states, which are counting on increased German demand to help them export their way out of the region’s crisis.

Jun 6, 2013

German industry orders slump as economy struggles to pick up

BERLIN (Reuters) – A slump in demand for capital goods at home and abroad drove a steeper-than-expected 2.3 percent drop in German industrial orders in April, underscoring how Europe’s largest economy is struggling to pick up after a weak performance over winter.

The drop in seasonally and price-adjusted order intake was the strongest since November, according to data from the Economy Ministry, comparing with a consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of 38 economists for a 1 percent fall.

Jun 5, 2013

Merkel’s coalition rejects proposal for dual citizenship

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government blocked legislation on Wednesday that could have granted dual citizenship to hundreds of thousands of immigrants even though it is trying to recruit skilled foreigners to alleviate a labor shortage.

The left-wing opposition accused Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition of holding an antiquated world view and anti-Turkish sentiment verging on racism, setting up immigration as a campaign issue before a federal election in September.

May 24, 2013

Artist Kapoor draws on Berlin’s dark history in new show

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Blood-red bricks of wax are
shifted by conveyor belts up metal chutes towards the centre of
an atrium before thudding down and splattering like entrails, in
a monumental new installation created by artist Anish Kapoor for
his new show in Berlin.

A giant, dark sun-like red disk hovers above the
ever-growing heaps of wax splodges in “Symphony for a Beloved
Sun”, which opens Kapoor’s first major exhibit in Berlin,
running until Nov. 24 in the Martin Gropius Bau exhibition hall.

May 24, 2013

Analysis: German economy to pick up but fall short of traditional pace

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s economy will recover from a bout of winter weakness but fall well short of the dynamic growth rates of previous years as euro zone recession and global slowdown stunt exports and investment.

There are homegrown problems too. What hue of government will result from September elections is injecting uncertainty and foreign investors cite worries about over-regulation and Germany’s future energy mix after Chancellor Angela Merkel turned her back on nuclear power.

May 24, 2013

German economy to pick up but fall short of traditional pace

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s economy will recover
from a bout of winter weakness but fall well short of the
dynamic growth rates of previous years as euro zone recession
and global slowdown stunt exports and investment.

There are homegrown problems too. What hue of government
will result from September elections is injecting uncertainty
and foreign investors cite worries about over-regulation and
Germany’s future energy mix after Chancellor Angela Merkel
turned her back on nuclear power.

May 24, 2013

German outlook brightens as businesses become more upbeat

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – German business morale improved
far more than expected in May, rebounding after two months of
falls and suggesting Europe’s largest economy is slowly picking
up speed after a sluggish first quarter.

The Munich-based Ifo think tank said on Friday its business
climate index, based on a survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to
105.7 in May from 104.4 in April. The data beat a median
forecast of 104.5 in a Reuters poll of 40 economists.

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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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