BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
holds preliminary talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on
Friday to sound out the chances of forming a “grand coalition”
government, marking the start of complicated horse-trading that
could last two months or more.
The SPD is considered the most likely coalition partner for
Merkel’s conservatives but has warned it will not be rushed into
a deal. Merkel will also hold preliminary talks with the Greens
next week, playing potential partners off against each other.
BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Angela Merkel holds preliminary
talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday to sound out the
scope for compromises to form a “grand coalition”, marking the
start of complicated horse-trading that could drag on into next
Germany’s European partners are watching the coalition
manoeuvring in Berlin closely, concerned that delays could push
back EU-wide decisions on important financial crisis-fighting
measures like the ambitious banking union project.
BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The shock ejection of the Free
Democrats (FDP) from parliament in a German election on Sunday
has been greeted with a fair amount of “Schadenfreude” in Berlin
But there is one group that is not celebrating – the small
and medium-sized businesses, known as the Mittelstand, that form
the backbone of the German economy and employ two of every three
workers in the country.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new anti-euro party, emboldened by opinion poll gains ahead of a weekend election, staged a mock burning of euro banknotes on Monday to protest against what it sees as the crippling costs of saving the common currency.
The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD), which calls for an “orderly dismantling” of the euro zone, is polling just one point short of the 5 percent threshold needed to enter parliament and could upset Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes of returning to power with her current coalition partner.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Socialist bookstands ring the campaign rally of Germany’s Left party, Trotskyites hawk newsletters and scarlet balloons stand out against the drab backdrop of high-rise apartment blocks in the autumnal drizzle.
The Left, whose old-school socialism appeals particularly in former communist East Germany, has leapt to third place in one opinion poll before the September 22 election, thanks partly to its categorical rejection of military intervention in Syria.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German industrial orders fell more than expected in July but a sharp upward revision for the previous month suggested the industrial sector in Europe’s largest economy has extended its recovery into the third quarter.
A plunge in euro zone orders for capital goods drove a 2.7 percent drop in industry orders in July, seasonally adjusted data from the Economy Ministry showed on Thursday, missing the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a 1 percent fall.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A 92-year-old who served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler’s elite Nazi troops, goes on trial on Monday in the western city of Hagen on charges of having shot in the back and killed a Dutch resistance fighter at the end of World War Two.
Although an international military tribunal put some of the most infamous Nazi leaders on trial soon after World War Two in the Nuremburg Trials, Germany has a patchy record on bringing its Nazi war criminals to justice.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would push the G20 to make more progress on regulating financial markets and cracking down on tax evasion, co-opting signature policy issues of her main challenger in September’s elections.
Merkel, who confronts leftist leader Peer Steinbrueck in a TV duel on Sunday, said she wanted to urge leaders of the G20 top world economies to agree a time frame for steps towards tighter regulation of the so-called “shadow banking” sector.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German inflation eased in August and the unemployment rate stayed near its lowest level since the country reunified more than two decades ago although slightly more people were out of work due in part to a summer lull.
A solid jobs market in Europe’s largest economy combined with wage hikes and easing price pressures should help conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hoping to win a third term in a vote on September 22.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German consumer confidence eased slightly heading into September, albeit remaining close to its highest level in nearly six years, as shoppers worried about creeping inflation.
GfK market research group said on Wednesday its forward-looking sentiment indicator, based on a survey of around 2,000 people, fell to 6.9 going in to September from 7.0 in the previous month, its highest level since before the global financial crisis.