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Jan 15, 2015

Merkel vows to protect Germany’s Jews and Muslims from extremism

BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel promised
on Thursday to protect Jews and Muslims living in Germany from
prejudice, saying vibrant democracy was the best way to combat
the sort of extremist violence that shook France last week.

Merkel, a staunch ally of Israel and defender of Germany’s
renascent Jewish community, has responded with unusual vigour to
the growth of a grassroots, anti-Islam movement in Germany and
the attacks by Islamic radicals in Paris that killed 17 people.

Jan 13, 2015

Merkel vows to fight intolerance after record anti-Islam march

BERLIN (Reuters) – A day after anti-Islam protesters marched in record numbers in Dresden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government would do everything in its power to fight intolerance, calling discrimination based on religious faith “humanly reprehensible”.

Roughly 25,000 demonstrators, some carrying mocking posters of Merkel in a headscarf, marched in Dresden on Monday, to demand stricter immigration rules and an end to multiculturalism in Germany, home to 4 million Muslims, most of Turkish origin.

Dec 15, 2014
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Chancellor Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support


(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, in Dresden December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces challenges from allies and rivals to confront a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment driving increasingly popular anti-Islam marches in the city of Dresden every Monday.

Dec 14, 2014

Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces challenges from allies and rivals to confront a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment driving increasingly popular anti-Islam marches in the city of Dresden every Monday.

With thousands expected at the next march, Merkel is in a dilemma. Her security officials are warning of an increase in hate crimes, while opinion polls show support for the marchers’ calls for a tougher German immigration policy.

Dec 12, 2014

Merkel condemns racism as Dresden anti-Islam marches grow

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned a series of anti-Muslim demonstrations centered on the eastern city of Dresden, saying via an aide on Friday that there was “no place in Germany” for hatred of Muslims or any other religious or racial group.

“In the name of the government and the chancellor I can say quite clearly that there is no place in Germany for religious hatred, no matter which religion people belong to,” said the chancellor’s spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz.

Dec 9, 2014

Merkel wins overwhelming party backing to fend off German left

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s conservatives confirmed Angela Merkel as party leader on Tuesday for the eighth time, giving her overwhelming support to fend off a growing challenge from the left and fuelling talk that she will seek a fourth term as chancellor.

With her approval ratings undiminished after nine years in office, the hyperbole attached to Merkel has escalated and her finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, went as far as to compare her with Napoleon Bonaparte this weekend.

Dec 3, 2014

As Europe goes grey, business must tackle taboos about ageing

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A boom in the number of older
Europeans could spell big business for companies that cater to
their changing needs – if they can tackle taboos and overcome
outdated views of what “old age” looks like.

One in three Europeans will be 65 or over by 2060. They are
not just living longer, but are also staying active and
independent, only to find a dearth of products to fit their
different lifestyles.

Nov 24, 2014

German industrial band raises ghosts of World War One in ‘Lament’

BERLIN (Reuters) – The metallic clank and screech of cult German industrial band Einstuerzende Neubauten’s homemade instruments are chillingly appropriate for “Lament”, their idiosyncratic performance for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Since bursting onto the Berlin punk scene in the early 1980s blending guitar feedback, road drills and lumps of metal, the band — whose name means “collapsing new buildings” — has become increasingly highbrow, winning a five-star review for the album of “Lament” in Britain’s Financial Times.

Nov 18, 2014
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Germany warns anti-Semitism is rising on the back of Middle East violence


(German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Germany’s foreign minister said at an international conference on anti-Semitism that “hatred of Jews” was on the rise once more in his country and across Europe, fuelled by spiralling violence in the Middle East.

Nov 14, 2014

EU allies alarmed at Hungary’s Kremlin drift

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) – Several European governments believe Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is flouting EU values by drifting into the Kremlin’s orbit but are unsure how to respond.

At a time when most EU states are isolating Moscow and turning their thoughts to stiffer sanctions as Ukraine’s ceasefire crumbles, Orban has alarmed many of his peers by establishing closer ties with Russia.

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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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