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Jan 6, 2014

German inflation set to accelerate slightly in December

BERLIN, Jan 6 (Reuters) – German annual inflation probably
accelerated slightly in December albeit remaining below the
European Central Bank’s euro zone target, data from three
federal states suggested on Monday.

Full data is due later in the day.

Inflation in Germany at the last reading was 1.3 percent
annually, below the ECB’s target of close to but just below two
percent in 2013. But it is expected to accelerate this year
which could cause a policy headache for the ECB and its
one-size-fits-all interest rate policy.

Jan 2, 2014

German trade group says coalition policies threaten competitiveness

BERLIN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Germany’s BGA trade group
criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government on
Thursday, saying its policies risked deterring investment and
crimping economic growth by raising employment costs.

The group predicts German economic growth will pick up to
1.5 percent in 2014 from around 0.5 percent last year thanks to
a strengthening global economy and rising demand for products
“Made in Germany”.

Dec 12, 2013

Polish central bank head says Fed tapering priced in

BERLIN, Dec 12 (Reuters) – A reduction in U.S. monetary
stimulus has already been priced in by markets, the head of
Poland’s central bank said on Thursday, and any effect on Polish
bonds and currency should be limited.

Speaking in Berlin, Governor Marek Belka also said economic
forecasts due in March from the Polish central bank would
provide support for deciding on future rate guidance.

Nov 5, 2013

Nazi-looted trove contains lost works by Matisse, Dix

BERLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Previously unknown paintings by
Henri Matisse and Otto Dix are among a vast trove of Nazi-looted
art found in a Munich apartment that includes works by some of
Europe’s most celebrated artists, German experts said on
Tuesday.

Customs investigators seized the 1,400 art works, dating
from the 16th century to the modern period and by artists such
as Canaletto, Courbet, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, last year,
an official said.

Nov 5, 2013

Nazi-looted trove contains lost works by Chagall, Dix

BERLIN (Reuters) – Previously unknown paintings by Marc Chagall and Otto Dix are among a vast trove of Nazi-looted art found in a Munich apartment that includes works by some the 20th century’s most celebrated artists, German experts said on Tuesday.

Customs investigators seized the 1,400 artworks, dating from the 16th century to the modern period and by artists such as Canaletto, Courbet, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, last year, an official said.

Oct 31, 2013

Germany rejects U.S. criticism of export reliance

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of Germany’s dependence on exports but her likely future coalition partner agreed Europe’s bulwark economy must do more to spur domestic demand.

The United States has long called for countries like China and Germany with trade surpluses to do more to spur imports but the Obama administration’s reprimand in a semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday stood out for its stark language.

Oct 25, 2013

German business morale falls but recovery intact

BERLIN (Reuters) – German business morale dropped for the first time in six months in October, underscoring the fragility of a recovery in Europe’s largest economy that is widely expected to pick up momentum next year.

The Ifo think tank said on Friday its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of 7,000 firms, dropped to 107.4 from 107.7 in September. The reading fell short of the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for a gain to 108.0, and nudged the euro lower against the dollar.

Oct 25, 2013

German business morale drops unexpectedly in October

BERLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) – German business morale dropped
for the first time in six months in October but economists said
the trend of a steady recovery in Europe’s largest economy
remained intact.

The Munich-based Ifo think tank said on Friday its business
climate index, based on a monthly survey of 7,000 firms, fell to
107.4, missing the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a
gain to 108.0.

Oct 23, 2013

German firms hope for investment boost from new coalition

BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) – It used to take just one night
for Burkhard Dahmen to send his firm’s giant steel rollers to
port for export. Now his trucks need eight days to navigate a
tortuous route of small roads and canals because motorways
cannot bear the load.

A chronic lack of investment in German infrastructure has
forced bridges to close and led to restrictions on the use of
the country’s autobahns, compelling firms like Dahmen’s SMS
Siemag to make costly diversions. His transport costs have risen
fivefold in just five years.

Oct 17, 2013

Economists warn on minimum wage before German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s leading economic institutes warned ahead of a round of coalition talks on Thursday against the introduction of a new minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour, saying the move could lead to significant job losses in eastern Germany.

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have said they will refuse to form a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives unless they agree to a nationwide minimum wage.

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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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