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.
BERLIN, April 5 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble said on Friday he was glad the identities of thousands
of holders of bank accounts in tax havens had been leaked
because it would help do away with a business model that Cyprus
had shown was flawed.
“I’m glad about this report, which will increase the
pressure,” he said, referring to a report by the
Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists (ICIJ) in cooperation with some international media.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel urged German employers to help get more women back to work after they become mothers in a country which needs to boost its workforce – unlike much of Europe, where mass unemployment is putting pressure on political leaders.
Germany’s center-left opposition called the conservative chancellor’s “family summit” on Tuesday blatant electioneering, saying she had woken up to the problems of women and families six months before an election when she will seek a third term.
ROME/BERLIN, March 1 (Reuters) – President Giorgio
Napolitano ruled out an early return to the polls on Friday as
Italy’s parties wrangled over how to form a government after
this week’s deadlocked election.
Speaking during a state visit to Berlin, Napolitano said
Italy needed a stable government and could not immediately hold
a new election.