BERLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Germans living in the former
communist east are no longer more fearful for the future than
their compatriots, according to an annual survey out on Thursday
that showed no east-west gap in the “angst index” for the first
time in 21 years.
A nation of worriers, more than four in 10 Germans still
suffer high anxiety, but that has fallen from the peaks around
the al Qaeda attacks in the United States and Europe in the
2000s, the global financial crisis and the start of the euro
BERLIN (Reuters) – Support for a new anti-euro party has risen to a record high of 4 percent weeks before Germany holds an election, raising the possibility it could win seats in parliament and hurt Angela Merkel’s chances of forming another centre-right coalition.
A poll by Forsa for Stern magazine showed the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) within 1 point of the threshold needed to enter the Bundestag lower house.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel urged Germans on Tuesday to re-elect her “clever” government, saying it would shield their businesses and jobs from tax hikes by the center-left.
The chancellor, whose bid for a third term on September 22 is a close contest despite her popularity, said Peer Steinbrueck would ruin her progress on cutting unemployment and cementing economic recovery if his Social Democrats (SPD) came to power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.