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.
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.
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.
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.
BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders promised on Wednesday to step up the fight against soaring youth unemployment, but offered no new solutions or money at a meeting critics derided as a “show summit” to soften Angela Merkel’s image ahead of a German election.
The chancellor, whose insistence on spending cuts in return for aid during the euro crisis has made her a target of anger in recession-hit southern Europe, hosted about 20 of her EU counterparts a week after the bloc agreed to spend 6 billion euros over the next two years to combat youth joblessness.
LISBON/BERLIN (Reuters) – Portugal’s president on Wednesday summoned the main political parties for crisis talks under pressure from investors who fear a snap election could derail Lisbon’s efforts to emerge from its international bailout.
President Anibal Cavaco Silva’s office said he met the leader of the main opposition Socialists on Wednesday, then the premier on Thursday and other parties after that. Under the constitution, he has the power to dissolve parliament and can act to mediate in political crises.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Tall, blond and smartly dressed, Lars Zimmermann is the kind of young man conservative German mothers would like their daughters to bring home to dinner.
Unfortunately, that is not the image he is trying to cultivate as the conservative candidate for parliament in Pankow, a trendy district of north-east Berlin where Angela Merkel’s center right party placed a dire fourth in 2009.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s summit on youth unemployment in Europe is an attempt to paper over the economic consequences of the austerity policies she championed in the region, a leading member of Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) said on Tuesday.
Andrea Nahles, General Secretary of the SPD and manager of the center-left party’s campaign to unseat Merkel in a September election, said the chancellor had already held several “show summits” on a range of issues that yielded no results.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany said on Monday if media reports of large-scale U.S. spying on the European Union were confirmed, it would be unacceptable Cold War-style behavior between partners who require trust to forge a new transatlantic trade area.
“If it is confirmed that diplomatic representations of the European Union and individual European countries have been spied upon, we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert.