BERLIN, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Greens have grown out of their
woolly jumpers and sandals and turned enough fellow Germans on
to environmentalism to make the party — already the world’s
most successful green movement — the possible kingmakers in the
Founded three decades ago by rebels from the 1968 student
movement, ‘ban-the-bomb’ peaceniks, ecologists and feminists,
the Greens got their first taste of power from 1998 to 2005
under Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrats (SPD).
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s finance minister and other senior officials urged Greece on Wednesday to stick to the aid plan agreed with the euro zone and IMF and to avoid the dangerous instability posed by the prospect of a referendum on the latest bailout deal.
“It would be helpful if clarity is achieved as soon as possible on which path Greece wants to take,” Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chinese and Russian firms are the most likely to pay bribes while operating abroad, and the most corrupt sectors are public works contracts and construction, according to Transparency International’s latest “Bribe Payers’ index”.
China and Russia rank bottom, in 27th and 28th place respectively, in the 2011 index released on Wednesday, while the Dutch, Swiss, Belgians, Germans and Japanese get the top scores. Britain and the United States rank eighth and ninth.
BERLIN, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Chinese and Russian firms are the
most likely to pay bribes while operating abroad, and the most
corrupt sectors are public works contracts and construction,
according to Transparency International’s latest “Bribe Payers’
China and Russia rank bottom, in 27th and 28th place
respectively, in the 2011 index released on Wednesday, while the
Dutch, Swiss, Belgians, Germans and Japanese get the top scores.
Britain and the United States rank eighth and ninth.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans expressed fury and frustration on Tuesday at the Greek prime minister’s shock decision to call a referendum on a new financial rescue package, political leaders saying it could plunge Greece into bankruptcy and force it out of the euro zone.
George Papandreou stunned his own people and his European colleagues with the announcement on Monday evening, only days after European leaders had agreed the outlines of a second bailout for Athens at marathon summit talks in Brussels.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said he was confident Germany’s centre-right coalition would pass proposals on how to leverage the euro zone rescue fund with its own parliamentary majority, in a Bundestag vote on Wednesday.
Roesler also said in an interview with Reuters that excluding member states who bust euro zone budget rules was not currently under consideration and the goal was to keep all euro zone members within the single currency bloc.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers flexed their muscles to secure a full parliamentary vote Wednesday on euro zone crisis measures negotiated by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her euro zone peers, a move senior politicians said would give Merkel a stronger mandate.
The new vote comes just one month after Germany’s Bundestag (lower of house of parliament) approved greater powers for the euro zone rescue fund, and should pass without problems, but it risks delaying Europe’s response to the debt crisis at a crucial juncture.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s supporters hailed her success in getting France to drop demands to use the European Central Bank to leverage euro crisis funds this weekend, as she began work convincing Germany’s parliament to back her in Wednesday’s second summit.
“Merkel’s Battle for our Euro,” was Monday’s headline in the mass-circulation conservative paper Bild, praising her for teaching French President Nicolas Sarkozy “that the EFSF rescue fund cannot be used to print money” to resolve the debt crisis.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s new legal requirement to consult parliament on changes to euro zone bailout funds and the lack of detailed proposals to show lawmakers was behind a decision to split a European crisis summit in two, an aide said on Friday.
Against a backdrop of reports that Germany and France are at loggerheads on how to deliver on their promise of a solution to the crisis by month-end, European leaders will meet on Sunday to discuss a Greek debt write-down and bank recapitalization.
ATHENS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Greece said it concluded talks with international lenders over a vital aid payment on Monday after Germany and France gave investors hope by promising a plan to recapitalize Europe’s banks soon.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy gave no details of their proposals, to be delivered by the end of the month, but said they would also cover closer euro zone integration and steps to tackle Greece’s debt mountain and prevent financial market contagion.