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Sep 1, 2013

German candidates clash on euro and taxes in tight TV duel

BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel and her
Social Democrat challenger in this month’s German election
clashed over the euro, tax policy and U.S. spying in a
television debate on Sunday that produced no clear winner.

The only TV duel of the campaign, watched by an estimated 15
million viewers, was one of SPD candidate Peer Steinbrueck’s
last chances to change the momentum in a race in which he has
trailed the popular Merkel from the very start.

Sep 1, 2013

Merkel and challenger clash on Europe in TV debate

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger in this month’s German election accused her in a television debate on Sunday of crushing southern European countries with austerity, declaring her euro crisis strategy a failure.

Merkel, who is seeking a third term in the September 22 vote, hit back, pointing out that rival Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats (SPD) had supported her euro policies in parliament throughout the turmoil of the past years.

Aug 30, 2013

Rival of Merkel takes pacifist stance on Syria before TV duel

BERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
challenger in the approaching German election, Peer Steinbrueck,
took a stark stance against Western military action in Syria on
Friday in a play to anti-war sentiment ahead of their only TV
duel in the campaign.

After two days of telephone diplomacy by Merkel, who faces a
tricky balancing act between backing Germany’s allies while
heeding German voters’ opposition to an attack, Steinbrueck
tried to differentiate himself in typically blunt style.

Aug 28, 2013

Bring on euro debate, Merkel aide tells rivals before TV duel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is relishing the chance to debate the euro zone crisis with challenger Peer Steinbrueck in their only TV duel of the election campaign, despite a row over Greek aid that has put her government on the defensive, her campaign chief said.

Just over three weeks before the election, Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats (SPD) have accused Merkel of hiding the true cost of the euro crisis from German voters.

Aug 20, 2013

Merkel pauses election campaign to visit Dachau concentration camp

DACHAU, Germany (Reuters) – Angela Merkel laid a wreath at Dachau concentration camp on Tuesday, making her the first German chancellor to visit the death camp where Nazis killed more than 41,000 people in the Holocaust.

Taking a pause in her campaign for a third term in office, the chancellor met survivors, including Abba Naor, an 85-year-old Jew whose mother and 5-year-old brother were murdered in concentration camps along with dozens more relatives.

Aug 14, 2013

German eurosceptic says voters are too ignorant to vote for him

BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of a new Eurosceptic party competing in Germany’s election has blamed its failure to gain more support on voters’ ignorance of economics.

The anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) made headlines when it launched early this year, but has run out of steam and looks unlikely to clear a 5 percent bar for entering parliament on September 22, when Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a third term.

Aug 12, 2013

Germany dismisses report that Buba expects more Greek aid

BERLIN, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The German government dismissed
on Monday a report that Greece will need a new aid package by
early next year, saying Athens is making headway with reforms,
as illustrated by some improved economic data from the
recession-mired euro zone state.

Germany’s finance ministry said it had no knowledge of an
internal Bundesbank document quoted by Der Spiegel saying Europe
“will certainly agree a new aid programme for Greece” and that
the existing aid package carried “extremely high” risks.

Jul 8, 2013

Germany defends ‘strictly legal’ cooperation with NSA

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s government said on Monday that its cooperation with American intelligence was fully regulated by strict legal guidelines after a magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency was in close cahoots with German spies.

Germany’s opposition, with an eye on September’s election, when the chancellor will seek a third term, demanded that her government explain how much it knew about U.S. surveillance tactics ahead of talks with Washington about the NSA.

Jul 7, 2013

America’s NSA ‘in bed with’ Germany and most others: Snowden

BERLIN (Reuters) – America’s National Security Agency works closely with Germany and other Western states on a ‘no questions asked’-basis, former NSA employee Edward Snowden said in comments that undermine Chancellor Angela Merkel’s indignant talk of “Cold War” tactics.

“They are in bed with the Germans, just like with most other Western states,” German magazine Der Spiegel quotes him as saying in an interview published on Sunday that was carried out before he fled to Hong Kong in May and divulged details of extensive secret U.S. surveillance.

Jul 4, 2013

German finmin says euro can resist political turmoil

BERLIN, July 4 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble dismissed fears that the euro zone crisis might be
starting up again amid political turmoil in Portugal and
pressure on Greece, saying on Thursday that the euro could
withstand such issues in individual states.

“I think the euro is seen as so stable by financial markets
that even political situations in individual countries, which
always occur in democracies, don’t mean a crisis for the euro,”
he said at a ceremony in Berlin marking a loan deal between the
German and Spanish development banks.

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      "I moved to Berlin to run our German political, economic and general news file in 2010 after nearly four years as chief correspondent in Rome covering Berlusconi, the L'Aquila earthquake, G8 summit and Vatican. I was Nordic and Baltic bureau chief for 3-1/2 years and bureau chief of southern Latin America, based in Buenos Aires, for eight years including the Argentine collapse in 2001/2002. My first assignments for Reuters were in Spain, Portugal and our HQ in London. Before Reuters I worked for the Financial Times Group."
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