BERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
challenger in the approaching German election, Peer Steinbrueck,
took a stark stance against Western military action in Syria on
Friday in a play to anti-war sentiment ahead of their only TV
duel in the campaign.
After two days of telephone diplomacy by Merkel, who faces a
tricky balancing act between backing Germany’s allies while
heeding German voters’ opposition to an attack, Steinbrueck
tried to differentiate himself in typically blunt style.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is relishing the chance to debate the euro zone crisis with challenger Peer Steinbrueck in their only TV duel of the election campaign, despite a row over Greek aid that has put her government on the defensive, her campaign chief said.
Just over three weeks before the election, Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats (SPD) have accused Merkel of hiding the true cost of the euro crisis from German voters.
DACHAU, Germany (Reuters) – Angela Merkel laid a wreath at Dachau concentration camp on Tuesday, making her the first German chancellor to visit the death camp where Nazis killed more than 41,000 people in the Holocaust.
Taking a pause in her campaign for a third term in office, the chancellor met survivors, including Abba Naor, an 85-year-old Jew whose mother and 5-year-old brother were murdered in concentration camps along with dozens more relatives.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of a new Eurosceptic party competing in Germany’s election has blamed its failure to gain more support on voters’ ignorance of economics.
The anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) made headlines when it launched early this year, but has run out of steam and looks unlikely to clear a 5 percent bar for entering parliament on September 22, when Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a third term.
BERLIN, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The German government dismissed
on Monday a report that Greece will need a new aid package by
early next year, saying Athens is making headway with reforms,
as illustrated by some improved economic data from the
recession-mired euro zone state.
Germany’s finance ministry said it had no knowledge of an
internal Bundesbank document quoted by Der Spiegel saying Europe
“will certainly agree a new aid programme for Greece” and that
the existing aid package carried “extremely high” risks.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s government said on Monday that its cooperation with American intelligence was fully regulated by strict legal guidelines after a magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency was in close cahoots with German spies.
Germany’s opposition, with an eye on September’s election, when the chancellor will seek a third term, demanded that her government explain how much it knew about U.S. surveillance tactics ahead of talks with Washington about the NSA.
BERLIN (Reuters) – America’s National Security Agency works closely with Germany and other Western states on a ‘no questions asked’-basis, former NSA employee Edward Snowden said in comments that undermine Chancellor Angela Merkel’s indignant talk of “Cold War” tactics.
“They are in bed with the Germans, just like with most other Western states,” German magazine Der Spiegel quotes him as saying in an interview published on Sunday that was carried out before he fled to Hong Kong in May and divulged details of extensive secret U.S. surveillance.
BERLIN, July 4 (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble dismissed fears that the euro zone crisis might be
starting up again amid political turmoil in Portugal and
pressure on Greece, saying on Thursday that the euro could
withstand such issues in individual states.
“I think the euro is seen as so stable by financial markets
that even political situations in individual countries, which
always occur in democracies, don’t mean a crisis for the euro,”
he said at a ceremony in Berlin marking a loan deal between the
German and Spanish development banks.
BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders promised on Wednesday to step up the fight against soaring youth unemployment, but offered no new solutions or money at a meeting critics derided as a “show summit” to soften Angela Merkel’s image ahead of a German election.
The chancellor, whose insistence on spending cuts in return for aid during the euro crisis has made her a target of anger in recession-hit southern Europe, hosted about 20 of her EU counterparts a week after the bloc agreed to spend 6 billion euros over the next two years to combat youth joblessness.
LISBON/BERLIN (Reuters) – Portugal’s president on Wednesday summoned the main political parties for crisis talks under pressure from investors who fear a snap election could derail Lisbon’s efforts to emerge from its international bailout.
President Anibal Cavaco Silva’s office said he met the leader of the main opposition Socialists on Wednesday, then the premier on Thursday and other parties after that. Under the constitution, he has the power to dissolve parliament and can act to mediate in political crises.