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Nov 24, 2011

German business morale rises unexpectedly in Nov

BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – German business sentiment
rose unexpectedly in November for the first time in nearly half
a year, suggesting Europe’s largest economy is weathering the
euro zone debt crisis and turmoil in international markets
better so far than experts had feared.

A day after weak demand for a German bond auction raised
concern the crisis may be spreading to Europe’s economic
powerhouse, the closely-watched Ifo business climate index
bucked expectations to rise for the first time since June.

Nov 23, 2011

“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany

BERLIN, Nov 23 (Reuters) – A “disastrous” German bond
sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe’s debt crisis was
even beginning to threaten Berlin, with the leaders of the euro
zone’s two strongest economies still firmly at odds over a
longer-term structural solution.

Financial markets were also unnerved by newspaper reports
that Belgium may be pressing France for an expansion of a 90
billion euro ($120 billion) bailout of failed bank Dexia
.

Nov 23, 2011

Germany and France clash on ECB crisis role

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and France clashed on Wednesday over whether the ECB should take bolder steps to stem the euro zone debt crisis, with Chancellor Angela Merkel issuing one of her starkest warnings yet against fiddling with the central bank’s strict inflation-fighting mandate.

In a forceful speech to the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Merkel also hit back at proposals from the European Commission on joint euro zone bond issuance, calling them “extraordinarily inappropriate.”

Nov 18, 2011

Merkel, Cameron differ on euro crisis weapons

BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and
Britain sent out conflicting signals on Friday about how to
solve the euro zone’s debt crisis and admitted they had failed
to narrow differences over the introduction of a financial
transaction tax in Europe.

At a news conference in Berlin, British Prime Minister David
Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to paper over
divergent views on European policy that have sparked a war of
words between politicians and media in both countries.

Nov 18, 2011

Merkel, Cameron differ on euro crisis weapons

BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and
Britain sent out conflicting signals on Friday about how to
solve the euro zone’s debt crisis and admitted they had failed
to narrow differences over the introduction of a financial
transaction tax in Europe.

At a news conference in Berlin, British Prime Minister David
Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to paper over
divergent views on European policy that have sparked a war of
words between politicians and media in both countries.

Nov 18, 2011

Merkel and Cameron to discuss clashing euro views

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel and David Cameron will try to resolve clashing views on the euro crisis on Friday with London accused of being selfish for opposing a tax on banks and Berlin touching off British sensitivities about transferring power to Europe.

London wanted the prime minister’s visit to be low-profile, but such hopes were dashed after two lawmakers high up in Merkel’s ruling party blasted euro-outsider Britain’s stance in the days before the visit.

Nov 18, 2011

Merkel and Cameron discuss clashing views on euro

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel and David Cameron will try to resolve clashing views on the euro zone crisis Friday, after Berlin accused London of being selfish about Europe in comments that touched off British sensitivities about German bossiness.

The British government wanted a low profile for the eurosceptic Cameron’s visit – but such hopes were dashed by two lawmakers high up in Merkel’s ruling party blasting euro zone-outsider Britain’s stance in the days before the visit.

Nov 15, 2011

Shocked Germany vows to fight neo-Nazis after murders

LEIPZIG/BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives urged her on Tuesday to step up the fight against right-wing extremists following the chance discovery that a group of neo-Nazis had been murdering immigrants for years.

Merkel has described as a national disgrace the existence of a cell, called the National Socialist Underground, whose members are now suspected of killing between 2000 and 2007 at least nine immigrants, eight Turks and a Greek, and a police woman.

Nov 15, 2011

As Europe struggles, Merkel party cheers German strength

LEIPZIG, Germany, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The debt crisis
sweeping southern Europe and lapping France is cause for alarm
in Washington and Beijing, but not it seems for the rank and
file of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party.

On the contrary, at a meeting of Merkel’s Christian
Democrats the mood among delegates ranged from triumphalism over
Germany’s economic strength to complacency about the crisis and
blind faith in Berlin’s ability to shield Germany from it.

Nov 15, 2011

Merkel ally tells UK to be less selfish on Europe

LEIPZIG, Germany (Reuters) – A senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc called on Britain on Tuesday to be less self-centred in its relationship with Europe despite not being a member of the single European currency.

“The British are not members of the currency union but they are members of Europe and they also have a responsibility for the success of Europe,” Volker Kauder, conservative leader in parliament, told the annual congress of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in Leipzig.

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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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