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Feb 27, 2013

Italy president snubs German candidate over clown gaffe

BERLIN (Reuters) – Italy’s president cancelled a dinner with the German opposition’s chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck in Berlin on Wednesday after he described the former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo as “clowns”.

Steinbrueck, a Social Democrat who will take on Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s next national election in September, has a reputation for gaffes and his remark created the first diplomatic incident of his accident-prone campaign.

Feb 27, 2013

Italian president snubs German candidate over “clown” comment

BERLIN (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano canceled a dinner with the German opposition’s chancellor candidate on Wednesday after he described Italian former premier Silvio Berlusconi and comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo as “clowns”.

Peer Steinbrueck, a Social Democrat who will take on Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s next national election in September, has a reputation for gaffes and his remark created the first diplomatic incident of his accident-prone campaign.

Feb 27, 2013

Germany relaxes immigration rules to attract skilled labour

BERLIN, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Germany sought on Wednesday to
make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European
Union to take a job in the country, trying to alleviate chronic
shortages in areas such as engineering, train driving and
plumbing.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet passed new immigration
rules which, pending approval by parliament’s upper house, aim
to cut red tape for people in target industries, allowing them
to get their qualifications recognised in Germany more easily.

Feb 27, 2013

Young Spaniards fleeing crisis seek solace in boho Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – They find the language difficult and the locals as chilly as the weather but for young Spaniards Berlin has become a popular spot to sit out the economic crisis at home.

The German capital’s celebrated cabaret scene made it a mecca for bohemians in the 1920s and ‘30s and in the Cold War the divided city became a magnet for alternative youth culture and rock stars.

Feb 21, 2013
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German Catholics allow certain “morning-after” pills for rape cases

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(Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of Germany’s bishop’s conference gives a media statement before the German bishop’s annual meeting in Trier, February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

The Roman Catholic Church in Germany said on Thursday it would permit certain types of “morning-after pill” for raped women, after two hospitals provoked an outcry for refusing to treat a rape victim.

Feb 21, 2013

German Catholics allow morning-after pill in rape cases

BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church in
Germany said on Thursday it would permit certain types of
“morning-after pill” for raped women, after two hospitals
provoked an outcry for refusing to treat a rape victim.

The German Bishops’ Conference said church-run hospitals
would now ensure proper medical, psychological and emotional
care for rape victims – including administering pills that
prevent pregnancy without inducing an abortion.

Feb 21, 2013

German Catholic church allows morning-after pill in rape cases

BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s Roman Catholic Church
said on Thursday it had decided to permit certain types of
“morning-after pill” for women who have been raped, after two
Catholic hospitals provoked an outcry last month for refusing to
treat a rape victim.

The German Bishops’ Conference said church-run hospitals
would now ensure proper medical, psychological and emotional
care for rape victims – including administering pills that
prevent pregnancy without inducing an abortion.

Feb 7, 2013

German bin-divers get connected to wage war on food waste

BERLIN, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Just past midnight behind a Berlin
supermarket, two youngsters with torches strapped to their
woollen hats sift through rubbish bins for food that is still
edible, load their bikes with bread, vegetables and chocolate
Santas and cycle off into the darkness.

It is not poverty that inspires a growing number of young
Germans like 21-year-old student Benjamin Schmitt to forage for
food in the garbage, but anger at loss and waste which the U.N.
Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates at one-third of all
food produced worldwide, every year, valued at about $1
trillion.

Feb 4, 2013

Iran’s Salehi says U.S. is changing approach to Tehran

BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar
Salehi said on Monday he saw U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden’s
offer this weekend of bilateral dialogue between their two
countries as a sign of a change in approach to Iran by the U.S.
administration.

“As I have said yesterday, I am optimistic, I feel this new
administration is really this time seeking to at least divert
from its previous traditional approach vis-a-vis my country,”
Salehi told the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

Feb 3, 2013

Syrian opposn chief under fire for talks with Assad allies

MUNICH, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Syria’s opposition leader flew
back to his Cairo headquarters from Germany on Sunday to explain
to sceptical allies his decision to talk with President Bashar
al-Assad’s main backers Russia and Iran, in hope of a
breakthrough in the crisis.

The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, and U.S.
Vice-President Joe Biden, portrayed Syrian National Coalition
leader Moaz Alkhatib’s new willingness to talk with the Assad
regime as a major step towards resolving the two-year-old war.

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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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