BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Germany put forward a plan on Wednesday to revive Bosnia’s stalled bid to join the European Union, offering to unlock EU funds in exchange for commitments to institutional reform from the country’s yet-to-be-formed new government.
Bosnia is stuck bottom of the pack of Western Balkan states seeking EU membership, hampered by an unwieldy system of ethnic power-sharing set out in the Dayton peace accords which ended a 1992-95 war and divided the former Yugoslav republic into two autonomous regions.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The latest reduction in growth forecasts for the euro zone proves that Germany’s and the outgoing European Commission’s “prudent” approach to investment has failed and must be exchanged for pro-growth policies, a senior Italian official said on Tuesday.
“Today’s economic forecasts are good news, because they confirm that the approach is wrong,” Sandro Gozi, the Italian cabinet’s undersecretary for European affairs, said in Berlin.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s President made a rare foray into party politics on Sunday, questioning whether the party descended from the communists who once controlled East Germany is ready to run one of the reunified country’s 16 states.
A week before celebrations marking a quarter century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Joachim Gauck said he still did not trust the radical Left party to govern well.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Finance ministers and tax chiefs from 51 countries signed an agreement on Wednesday to automatically swap tax information, which Germany’s finance minister said heralded the end of tax evasion via secret bank accounts.
“Let’s make a joint contribution to more transparency and fairness in our globalized 21st century,” Wolfgang Schaeuble told a taxation conference of about 100 countries coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Syria’s neighbors are approaching “host-country fatigue” because of huge demand from refugees for housing, schools, jobs and healthcare and scant resources like water, Jordan’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Lebanon and Turkey echoed that message at an international conference in Berlin on what U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres called “the most dramatic humanitarian crisis the world has faced in a very long time”.
BERLIN/VIENNA (Reuters) – A manufacturing problem has been discovered with the fuselage of Eurofighter combat planes, halting some deliveries, but none of the jets has 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/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.