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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.

Feb 8, 2014

German historical film portrays poet’s love triangle at Berlin fest

BERLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A sumptuous historical drama with
German poet Friedrich Schiller at the heart of a love triangle
in “Beloved Sisters” transported audiences back in time on
Saturday with the second of four German entries for best movie
at the Berlin Film Festival.

In the evening the festival will see the international
premiere of George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” about a squad
of art specialists sent into Europe near the end of World War
Two to rescue art works from the retreating Nazis.

Feb 7, 2014

German exports unexpectedly drop in December

BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports unexpectedly fell on the month in December after four consecutive monthly gains, a sign that the brightening global outlook does not yet mean Europe’s largest economy can rely on foreign demand to power growth.

Federal Statistics Office Data on Friday also showed Germany’s trade surplus reached a new record last year as imports fell more sharply than exports.

Feb 6, 2014

German December industrial orders fall but upwards trend intact

BERLIN (Reuters) – German industrial orders unexpectedly fell in December but rose robustly on a two-month average thanks to an upwardly revised surge in November intake, suggesting industry in Europe’s largest economy continues to gain momentum.

Weak domestic demand drove a 0.5 percent drop in orders, seasonally-adjusted data from the Economy Ministry showed on Thursday, missing the forecast in a Reuters poll for a 0.4 percent rise.

Jan 31, 2014

Germany must publish list of artworks hoarded by recluse: court

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany must publish the full list of artworks found in the flat of an elderly recluse last year which are mostly believed to have been looted or extorted by the Nazis, a German court ruled on Friday, citing the need for transparency in a case long hushed up.

The stash of more than 1,400 paintings, drawings and sculptures includes works by Picasso, Matisse and German expressionists Otto Dix and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Authorities have valued the collection at 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion).

Jan 28, 2014

German movies in focus at Berlin global film fest

BERLIN (Reuters) – German movies including a drama about the love triangle of Sturm und Drang poet Friedrich Schiller will dominate the main lineup at Berlin’s international film festival this year, director Dieter Kosslick said on Tuesday.

But world cinema talent will not be absent at the 64th “Berlinale”, which kicks off with the world premiere of U.S. director Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, a comedy about a canny hotel concierge in the 1920s starring Ralph Fiennes and Adrien Brody.

Jan 25, 2014

German anti-euro party regroups with attack on EU federalism

ASCHAFFENBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s new eurosceptic party launched its campaign for the European parliament elections on Saturday with an attack on European Union federalism and defense of national sovereignty, in an attempt to regroup after months of perilous infighting.

About 300 delegates in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) gathered at a party congress in the Bavarian town of Aschaffenburg to elect its candidates for the European vote in May, where fringe parties are expected to do well.

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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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