BERLIN/VIENNA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A manufacturing problem has
been discovered with the fuselage of Eurofighter combat planes,
halting some deliveries, but none of the jets have been
grounded, European military officials said on Wednesday.
The problem was caused by the way rivet holes were drilled
in part of the rear fuselage of the European warplane, which is
operating in the air forces of six countries.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Ursula von der Leyen, whose ambitions of succeeding Angela Merkel are too transparent for German taste, is finding out the hard way why her job as defense minister is considered the most dangerous in the cabinet, nicknamed the ‘ejector seat’.
News that Germany’s military hardware is in such a state of disrepair that it is struggling to meet NATO commitments or keep a promise to arm Iraqi Kurds against Islamic State has put the minister in the firing line.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government offered clear support on Friday for U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants’ bases inside Syria, with an aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel pointing out that Damascus had not made any protest.
Germany looks unlikely so far to join in the attacks by U.S. and Arab forces against IS militants in northern and eastern Syria, though it has now sent weapons, military trainers and equipment to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will not sign a trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless an investment protection clause allowing companies to take cross-border legal action against governments is scrapped, Germany’s economy minister said on Thursday.
The deal with Canada could increase bilateral trade by a fifth to 26 billion euros ($34 billion) and is widely seen as a template for a larger trade pact between the EU and the United States, which would encompass about a third of global trade.
BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expects his country to exit its international bailout ahead of schedule, and to cover its own financing needs from next year, he said on Tuesday after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“We need to become a normal country, and we’ve proven that we are reliable and we can stand on our own feet,” he told a news conference with Merkel, who hailed the “first tender shoots of success” in Greece thanks to painful economic reform efforts.
BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – France’s Manuel Valls used his
first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to
convince Germany his government is serious about making its
economy more competitive, declaring that France “is not the sick
child of Europe”.
Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the reform steps he
outlined but said it was up to the European Commission to judge
whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its
public deficit down to EU treaty limits.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country’s security was jeopardised by the militants.
Last month, a German cabinet minister accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants and the United States has expressed concern about funding from Arab states, although Qatar has now promised to support U.S.-led efforts to combat IS.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out realigning her conservatives further to the right in order to fend off a growing challenge from Eurosceptics, who surpassed expectations
is state elections at the weekend.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) won more than 10 percent of the vote in Brandenburg and Thuringia, two east German states.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new eurosceptic party is poised to make strong gains in two regional elections this weekend, ratcheting up pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel who faces a threat on her right flank for the first time since taking power nine years ago.
The small but fast-growing Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached thousands of votes from Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in an election in Saxony two weeks ago, winning nearly 10 percent of the vote there with a focus on law-and-order policies and conservative values.
BERLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Germans are much more worried
about how the lingering effects of the euro zone crisis will
impact their pockets than the risk of getting involved in
foreign conflicts like Ukraine, according to an annual survey of
German angst released on Thursday.
Even though the debt crisis in the currency zone has ebbed,
and been replaced by Ukraine in the news headlines, six out of
10 were concerned about the impact on German taxpayers of euro
zone bailouts. Less than four in 10 worried about Ukraine.