ROME/BERLIN (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, fresh from winning a confidence vote in parliament, told Germany on Tuesday his government would meet its budget commitments but expected Europe to drop its austerity mantra and do more to lift growth.
Speaking in Berlin on his first foreign visit since taking office on Sunday, Letta warned that Italy’s February election, which saw a surge of support for parties attacking the European Union, showed that a change of course was needed.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s government expects the Constitutional Court to confirm an earlier ruling backing a euro zone rescue mechanism and EU officials said the European Central Bank’s plans to buy bonds of stricken states was outside its remit.
The Bundesbank, a stern opponent of ECB plans to purchase debt of struggling euro zone members, sent a 29-page report to the court in December, which was published in a German newspaper on Friday, outlining the dangers of the plan.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) do not believe the time for debt and deficit reduction in Europe is over yet, but see a need to focus more on growth to combat unemployment in southern Europe, a top SPD politician told Reuters.
As Europe debates whether it can stand more of the austerity led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the SPD aims to oust in an election in September, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he did not think the European Commission was ready to call the dogs off.
BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) – Qatar on Tuesday rejected
criticism that it risked destabilising the Middle East by
supporting rebels in Syria or the Muslim Brotherhood and said it
was helping people but did not interfere in governments.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Arab states who
are arming and sheltering rebel fighters of actions that could
“create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond”,
with Saudi Arabia and Qatar clearly in mind.
AUGSBURG, Germany, April 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s opposition
Social Democrats (SPD) opened their election campaign on Sunday
pledging victory in September despite polls that suggest their
best hope of regaining power will be in a “grand coalition”
under Angela Merkel.
Opinion polls have put Peer Steinbrueck’s centre-left SPD
well behind Merkel’s conservatives, and her personal popularity
has soared to more than 60 percent while fewer than a third of
Germans say they would prefer him as chancellor.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host David Cameron and his wife and children at a castle outside Berlin at the weekend in a rare family get-together that she may hope will create the right mood to heal a growing rift between Britain and Europe.
Cameron, who warned this week that British support for the EU was “wafer thin”, will spend the weekend with Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer at Schloss Meseburg northwest of Berlin accompanied by his wife Samantha and their three children.
BERLIN, April 12 (Reuters) – The German opposition Social
Democrats (SPD) are losing support in their bid to unseat
Chancellor Angela Merkel in September’s election and are no
longer trusted more than her conservatives on social issues,
according to a poll out on Friday.
The Politbarometer poll for public broadcaster ZDF will make
tough reading for candidate Peer Steinbrueck ahead of a congress
of his centre-left SPD in Bavaria on Sunday to present the
official platform for the federal election on Sept. 22.
BERLIN (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday they had made progress on breaking an impasse in free trade talks between India and Europe that have stumbled on access to India’s car and insurance markets.
“The situation is that such a deal appears to be reachable,” Merkel told a news conference with Singh in Berlin after talks that included members of both of their cabinets.
BERLIN, April 11 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday they had made
progress on breaking an impasse in free trade talks between
India and Europe that have stumbled on access to India’s car and
“The situation is that such a deal appears to be reachable,”
Merkel told a news conference with Singh in Berlin after talks
that included members of both of their cabinets.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Coaxed into a tub of plastic bubbles with a 19-year-old drama student, the German center-left’s candidate for chancellor Peer Steinbrueck shows a sense of humor that his rival Angela Merkel would struggle to match.
But his performance taking questions from nine teenagers dressed in space suits at the Berlin campaign event also gave clues as to why the Social Democrat (SPD) is so far behind Merkel less than six months before parliamentary elections.