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  • NSA investigation: Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

    07/04/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 4, 2014
    An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say. The man is said to have been trying to gather details about a German parliamentary committee that is investigating claims of US espionage. German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details. A spokesman for Ms Merkel said she had been informed of the arrest, as had the members of the nine-strong parliamentary committee investigating the...
  • The Democratic Deficit: Europeans Vote, Merkel Decides

    06/02/2014 12:55:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 02, 2014 – 05:44 PM | (Spiegel staff)
    Before the European Parliament election last month, voters were told the poll would also determine the next Commission president. In a silent putsch against the electorate, Angela Merkel is now impeding the process. She fears a loss of power and Britain’s EU exit. […] … Merkel had hardly begun her speech last Friday before she got right to the point. With her hands set on the podium in front of her in the Regensburg University auditorium, she said: “I am engaging in all discussions in the spirit that Jean-Claude Juncker should become president of the European Commission.” German news agency...
  • Merkel and Obama bury hatchet on US spying

    05/02/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.05.14 @ 09:29 (May 2) | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Friday (2 May) are poised to mend ties after the exposure of her phone being tapped and millions of Germans spied upon by the National Security Agency (NSA). […] Rather than seeking a bilateral deal, Germany is now eyeing an international effort at EU and UN level. “This is an tough nut to crack over the next years,” another German official said. …
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Ukraine crisis: Angry Angela Merkel questions whether Putin is 'in touch with reality'

    03/03/2014 9:51:21 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 145 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:42PM GMT 03 Mar 2014 | Tony Paterson, Berlin
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to have become “really annoyed” about Russian President Vladimir Putin and has questioned whether he “was still in touch with reality.” The German mass circulation Bild newspaper wrote on Monday that during a telephone conversation she held with US President Barack Obama to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine she complained that Mr Putin was “living in another world.” “She appears to have become really annoyed,” Bild remarked. The paper said it had gained inside information on the telephone exchange between the US and German leaders from American sources. The two leaders roundly criticised...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • Car bomb detonated outside Bank of Greece in Athens

    04/10/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014
    A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens on Thursday, though no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence. The car which was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building blew up around 0255 GMT. The building is close to the office of Greece's international lenders. Police said the car, a Nissan, had been stolen and was fitted with 165 pounds of explosives. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper had been informed of the planned...
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Merkel miffed at Barack Obama and David Cameron 'nuclear war game'

    03/25/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Bruno Waterfield, and Peter Dominiczak in The Hague and Nick Squires in Rome
    World leaders played an interactive nuclear war game designed to test their responses to a terrorist atomic "dirty bomb" attack that threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. David Cameron joined Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping and other world leaders to play a "nukes on the loose" war game to see how they would cope with a terrorist nuclear attack. The German chancellor grumbled at being asked to play games and take tests with the Prime Minister, US and Chinese presidents around a table with dozens of heads of state at a nuclear summit in The...
  • China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

    03/13/2014 5:29:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 13, 2014 | Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke
    China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control. In an interview with Reuters days before the European Union is threatening to impose its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, ambassador Shi Mingde issued the strongest warning against such measures by any top Chinese official to date. "We don't see any point in sanctions," Shi said. "Sanctions could lead to retaliatory action, and that would trigger a spiral with unforeseeable consequences. We...
  • Merkel backs call for EU school lessons to counter ‘growing Euro-skepticism’

    03/07/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:00PM GMT 07 Mar 2014 | Bruno Waterfield
    School students should be given a “European Union education” in the classroom to tackle “ignorance” and growing public Euro-skepticism, according to an election manifesto signed by Angela Merkel and eight other of Europe's leaders. The European People’s Party (EPP), the EU’s biggest political grouping, is convinced such a program would improve the public image of Brussels, which has never been lower. Its manifesto for May’s European elections calls for the introduction of “EU education in schools across Europe in order to prepare the next generation for future challenges and to nurture a European approach”. […] Rather than scaling back the...
  • Radical Femen Leader Plans US Feminist Outpost

    03/01/2014 1:38:14 PM PST · by Hacksaw · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2014 | ELAINE GANLEY
    She quickly seduced French officialdom after arriving from Ukraine, winning political asylum within a year of her application. Her visage, framed in blond hair crowned with flowers, helped inspire France's latest postage stamp. Few French people knew back then that they were dealing with a radical soldier for the feminist cause, in town to organize the ranks of women for a radical insurgency with bare breasts as weapons. The sweet start for 23-year-old Inna Shevchenko is souring. The defiant chief of the Ukraine-born Femen movement now risks up to five years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($103,000) fine for bashing...
  • Merkel backs Kerry’s US Middle East peace bid

    02/23/2014 7:15:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2014 09:06 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fully support efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch the Middle East peace process during her upcoming visit to Israel. “We need, as soon as possible, a stable two-country solution, with a Jewish state of Israel and at the same time a state for the Palestinians,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast. …
  • ‘Significant Escalation’: Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

    02/18/2014 5:18:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 18, 2014 – 05:33 PM | Ralf Neukirch
    German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. […] Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman—with whom (German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter) Steinmeier already had a tepid relationship—read out a laundry list of complaints to his colleague from Berlin. It even included lesser issues, like research and scientific cooperation, an area in which Israel claims Germany is imposing unacceptable conditions. Lieberman said Berlin often hides behind European Union positions rather than presenting its own views....
  • Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA

    02/17/2014 6:40:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.02,14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating “safe communication networks” in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal. She said in her weekly podcast on Sunday (16 February) that: “We will speak to France about this and about all things regarding what kind of European providers we have who can offer security for our citizens: So [that] we don’t even have to go with our emails and other information over the Atlantic, but that we can set up safe communication networks within Europe.” She noted the EU is currently in...
  • F*** the EU: Russia suspected of leaking tape of U.S. diplomat letting rip on Ukraine crisis

    02/09/2014 11:31:25 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 2/6/2014 | Tamara Cohen
    The US government’s top official in Europe risked triggering a diplomatic crisis after she was caught on tape saying ‘F*** the EU’. Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European Affairs, made the comment while discussing how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine which is gripped by fierce protests. But her private telephone conversation with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to the country, appears to have been intercepted and uploaded onto Youtube by an anonymous user. In it, she tells her colleague about discussions with other top American officials about how to end the deadlock, and how she wants...
  • Leaked Recordings Lay Bare E.U. and U.S. Divisions in Goals for Ukraine

    02/08/2014 12:41:02 PM PST · by Monterrosa-24 · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Alison Smale
    ...Illustrating how testy relations with Washington have become, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, earlier the target of American monitoring of her cellphone, issued an unusually sharp statement saying that Ms. Nuland’s remarks were “completely unacceptable.”...
  • Angela Merkel condemns EU insult

    02/08/2014 6:01:48 AM PST · by Altenkrug · 9 replies
    Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is "totally unacceptable". Victoria Nuland has apologised after she referred disparagingly to the EU's role during a conversation said to be with the US ambassador to Ukraine. Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is "totally unacceptable". Victoria Nuland has apologised after she referred disparagingly to the EU's role during a conversation said to be with the US ambassador to Ukraine. A recording of the exchange was...
  • German coalition squabbles over EU immigration

    01/06/2014 12:14:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Associated Press
    Germany’s governing coalition is squabbling over calls to restrict welfare payments to European immigrants as the continent’s labor markets open to Romanians and Bulgarians.
  • Angela Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall

    01/06/2014 12:07:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 January 2014 | unattributed
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured a bone in her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland, her spokesman says. She will have to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and several visits will be cancelled, Steffen Seibert said. She also suffered heavy bruising in the accident, in the alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland. Ms Merkel was not skiing fast at the time, the spokesman added. He called the injury "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis". Immediately after the accident, during the Christmas......
  • European Banking Union is Unfit for the Next Crisis

    12/21/2013 6:47:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here is an interesting article in Der Spiegel Online that echoes recent statements of mine. Please consider Der Spiegel Online article: Not Fit for the Next Crisis: Europe's Brittle Banking Union. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has negotiated a European banking union suited perfectly to his country's tastes. It looks like a victory, but it could prove to be very expensive if Europe or Germany face another financial crisis. Will, Not If I could easily stop right there, with slight modifications as follows: "It will prove to be very expensive when Europe or Germany face another financial crisis." Nonetheless, let's...
  • Merkel to pick popular woman ally as defense minister

    12/15/2013 10:31:42 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | Erik Kirschbaum
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is expected to name Ursula von der Leyen as her new defense minister when she presents her cabinet list on Sunday, a surprise choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner to succeed the chancellor.
  • Forbes: Putin and Merkel Most Powerful People in the World

    10/31/2013 4:49:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    European Observer ^ | October 31, 2013 | Valentina Pop
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin has trumped US President Barack Obama as the most powerful man in the world, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel retains her title as the world's most powerful woman, according to a yearly ranking published by Forbes magazine on Wednesday (30 October). With his signature healthcare legislation under fire, allies outraged over spying and a barely-averted default on US debt, Obama can no longer be seen as the most powerful man in the world, Forbes editors write. "It appears that President Obama's lame duck period has set in earlier than usual for a two-term president, causing him...
  • Insight: Merkel’s Europe—how her men run Brussels

    10/28/2013 11:21:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:42am EDT | John O’Donnell
    In Brussels, Germans have shrugged off their postwar reserve and make no apology for shaping Europe’s future, taking key posts in EU institutions and pushing Berlin’s trade interests with vigor.As Angela Merkel forms a new coalition government after a third successive election triumph, the conservative chancellor can build on efforts, in place since her first term in 2005, that have increased not just the number of Germans in senior jobs in Brussels but the extent to which they answer to Berlin. And where that fails to ensure EU policy acceptable to the bloc’s biggest economy, Merkel has shown she is...
  • Germany to Israel: Attend UN Human Rights Council—Or Else

    10/28/2013 9:35:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 10/27/2013, 1:39 PM | Tora Dvorin
    Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has warned Israel to face a periodic United Nations Human Rights Council (U.N.H.R.C.) Periodic Review—or face severe diplomatic consequences, according to a Haaretz report (Sunday). … In a personal letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Westerwelle warned that Israel’s failure to attend the periodic evaluation—a review infamous for its anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian measures—would alienate Israel’s allies and cause “severe diplomatic damage”, Haaretz reports. …
  • German spy scandal: Obama apology shows he's no George W. Bush

    10/27/2013 4:23:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/27/13 | Mark Sappenfield - CSM
    Not for the first time since he took office, President Obama is being accused of looking a lot like his predecessor when it comes to terrorism. This week, the anger came from media reports detailing the scope of National Security Agency (NSA) espionage in Europe, including bugging the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a sweep of French metadata from phone calls, e-mails, and other electronic communications similar to what it has done in the US. For a man who first took office promising change in how America treated the world, it looked like more of the same. Already,...
  • Obama 'not told of Merkel phone bugging'

    10/27/2013 3:38:28 PM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 86 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 October 2013 | BBC
    The chief of the US spy agency NSA has not discussed the alleged bugging of German chancellor's phone with President Barack Obama, officials say. Gen Keith Alexander never discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Angela Merkel, an NSA spokeswoman said. German media say the US has been tapping the chancellor's phone since 2002, and Mr Obama was told in 2010. The row has led to the worst diplomatic crisis between the two countries in living memory. A report in German tabloid Bild am Sonntag claimed that Gen Alexander had told the president about the bugging himself. An NSA source told the...
  • Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago'

    10/27/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | October 27, 2013 | Louise Barnett, Berlin and Philip Sherwell, New York
    President Barack Obama was told about monitoring of German Chancellor in 2010 and allowed it to continue, says German newspaper. President Barack Obama was personally informed about secret US monitoring of Angela Merkel three years ago, according to latest reports on the eavesdropping affair. The President allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to continue spying on the German chancellor, it was claimed. Mr Obama was told of the secret monitoring of Mrs Merkel by General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, in 2010, according to Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper. “Obama did not stop the action at that...
  • US Has Been Monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Phone Since 2002, Report Says

    10/26/2013 4:36:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    The Verge Via Reuters ^ | October 26, 2013 | Adrianne Jeffries
    The US government may have been monitoring German chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone for more than 10 years, according to a report by Der Spiegel based on internal documents from the National Security Agency (NSA). President Barack Obama told Merkel that he was not aware her phone was being bugged, or he would have stopped it. However, he declined to say whether her phone had been monitored in the past. A separate report in Die Welt said the number of Merkel's Nokia 6120 Slide was listed in leaked NSA documents, although she's since switched to a BlackBerry Z10 smart phone....
  • Exclusive: Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies

    10/24/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by NCjim · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 24, 2013
    Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency's intrusions into the online communications of foreigners, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the push. The effort follows a German claim that the American spy agency may have tapped the private telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders. It also comes about one month after Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff denounced NSA espionage against her country as "a breach...
  • Merkel urges Israel to restrain settlement construction

    10/18/2013 9:18:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.18.13, 14:42 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Merkel Angela Merkel met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday and called on Israel to show restraint with its settlement policy so as not to jeopardize the ongoing Middle East talks. In a joint press conference with Abbas in Berlin, Merkel said a grand-coalition government in Berlin would continue to provide aid to the Palestinian Territories. “We have always advocated a two-state solution. We have always advocated aiding and supporting the Palestinian Territories, advancing the peace process, advancing economic development and I am pretty sure we will conduct our foreign policy with this continuity,” Merkel said. …
  • Betrayal is a Game any Number can Play

    10/18/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    When the Germans found out from Edward Snowden that America's National Security Agency had spied on Germany, an outraged German artist projected onto a wall at the American embassy the words "United Stasi of America." Chancellor Angela Merkel was not so outraged. She said that American and German intelligence services had been working together in the service of the security of both countries. The comparison to the Stasi was absurd, particularly to Frau Merkel, who grew up in the East and who knew well the efficiency and extent of Stasi surveillance. When I was in Berlin earlier this month, the...
  • Angela Merkel Channeling Margaret Thatcher

    10/04/2013 9:15:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    She likes pantsuits, suffers public attention to her coif and shows telling signs of age with unflattering puffs under her eyes. But Angela Merkel is no Hillary Clinton. As a world leader, she's channeling Margaret Thatcher, not Eleanor Roosevelt. This lady is famously "not for turning." The chancellor of Germany, just re-elected for a third time in a landslide, is appreciated for her austerity in the European Union. Her countrymen call her "Mutti," or Mother, with affection but with a certain formality, recognizing that she's hanging tough because she thinks tough love is good for you. She makes the less...
  • Angela Merkel wins historic third term in German elections

    09/22/2013 5:37:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Sep 2013 | Jeevan Vasagar
    Angela Merkel vowed that she would deliver more “successful years for Germany” as exit polls indicated a commanding lead for her party over the main opposition. Angela Merkel is heading for a third term as Germany’s chancellor, as exit polls showed she could even be on course for the historic achievement of an absolute majority in the country’s parliament. An early projection by the state broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening showed Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) winning 301 seats in the 598-seat Bundestag, enough to form a government without a coalition partner. Later projections suggested, however, that she could...
  • Germany, 'Veggie Day,' and Michelle Obama

    09/22/2013 5:32:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 Sep 2013 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    BERLIN—The elections set to take place here in Germany Sunday are expected to turn largely on the country's solid economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel's handling of the European debt crisis and social issues like women's role in the work force. But add to that plate one more thing: Germans don't want the government telling them what to eat. In what could be a cautionary tale for First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts to tweak Americans' diets, Germans look set to punish the Green Party for urging that public cafeterias go meat-free on a designated "Veggie Day" each week in order to help...
  • Exit poll: Merkel’s party strongest in German election; coalition partner’s chances unclear

    09/22/2013 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Associated Press
    BERLIN — An exit poll indicates that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have emerged by far the strongest force in Germany’s election, though it’s unclear whether her coalition partners will stay in parliament. The ARD television exit poll put support for Merkel’s Union bloc at 42 percent. But it put her coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, on 4.7 percent — just below the minimum to keep their seats.
  • Merkel romps to victory in German election (Update-5)

    09/22/2013 11:47:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 22, 2013 | Stephen Brown and Noah Barkin
    Chancellor Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in a German election on Sunday, putting her within reach of the first absolute majority in parliament in half a century, a ringing endorsement of her steady leadership in the euro crisis. Partial results put her conservative bloc - the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) -- on 42.5 percent, which if confirmed would be their strongest score since 1990, the year of German unification. The outcome could give Merkel an edge of a few seats over the combined opposition in the Bundestag lower house for the first...
  • Germany's Merkel greeted by 'Save the world' chorus

    09/21/2013 2:07:13 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    news.yahoo ^ | September 21, 2013 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel was given a rousing chorus of "Angie must save the world" Saturday at a last-ditch campaign push for votes as a survey released on the eve of German elections suggested a photo finish. Merkel appealed for a "strong mandate" in order to "continue to serve Germany, a country respected in Europe... a country that represents its interests in the world but is also the friend of many countries."
  • Germany’s Tea Party

    09/21/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 3 replies
    nationalreview ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 4:00 AM | John Fund
    Germany’s Tea Party Alternative for Deutschland wants out of the euro and an end to the bailouts. Bonn, Germany — Even though Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe, the issue of how much it should surrender its sovereignty and wealth to Europe has been pretty much a non-issue in its elections this coming Sunday. But a new protest party challenging the wisdom of the euro and the bailouts Germany keeps paying to support is on the verge of breaking through the silence. Polls show Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), which wants Germany to withdraw from the euro but remain in...
  • Third term likely for ‘Teflon Chancellor’ Angela Merkel

    09/21/2013 12:49:17 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/20/13 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    BERLIN — She’s known alternately as the “Teflon Chancellor” because her opponents’ criticism never seems to stick, and as “Mutti” for the motherly figure many voters see her as. Angela Merkel has led Germany through eight tumultuous years as chancellor, and voters here are poised to give her another four on Sunday when they head to the polls for a federal election. Forget the eurozone crisis and tough economic times that have plagued the country’s neighbors. Germany is doing just fine, thank you, and its people see little reason not to stay the course with Merkel and her center-right Christian...
  • Painful Past Plagues German Greens: Support in 1980s for Legal Pedophilia Haunts Left-Wing Party

    09/19/2013 6:04:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 18, 2013 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI
    BERLIN—Germany's most prominent Green politician had to make something clear on national television this week: "There are no legal and no tolerable forms of sex with children," said Jürgen Trittin, co-leader of the Green campaign. Coming just days before national elections, the embarrassing episode has deepened the impression that the Greens have hit a low point after years of helping to define politics here with a message of environmentalism, pacifism and social justice. At issue now is their tolerance decades ago of groups within their ranks that wanted to legalize pedophilia. The party says it broke with that position in...
  • Germany defends chemical sales to Syria

    09/19/2013 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2013 08:55 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany sold tonnes of chemicals to Syria which were capable of being put to military use. … The chemicals sold have a dual use—they can be used for both military and non-military purposes. They include hydrogen fluoride, ammonium hydrogen fluoride and sodium cyanide. The export of the chemicals is restricted but not illegal, the Süddeutsche newspaper reported, as they are used in industry. … Germany’s government said Syria told them the chemicals would be used for industrial purposes. The government added it had established that the chemicals would not be put to military use before they were exported. …
  • Merkel allies win in Bavaria a week before German election

    09/15/2013 2:50:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/15/2013 | Christian Hetzner
    Angela Merkel's allies swept to victory in a state election in Bavaria on Sunday, regaining the absolute assembly majority they lost in 2008 and providing a show of conservative strength for the chancellor a week before Germany goes to the polls. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), won 49 percent according to TV projections, putting them back more firmly in the saddle of the prosperous southern state they have governed for 56 years.
  • Romantic Germany risks economic decline as green dream spoils (slow economic suicide)

    09/13/2013 6:29:32 AM PDT · by dead · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Sep 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany is committing slow economic suicide. It has staked its future on heavy industry and manufacturing, yet has no energy policy to back this up. Instead, the country has a ruinously expensive green dream, priced at €700bn (£590bn) from now until the late 2030s...(snip) The likelihood is that Germany will start to lose its economic halo soon, “de-rated” like others before it... Chancellor Angela Merkel tied a deadweight around the ankles of her country when she suddenly - and flippantly - abandoned her nuclear policy after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. “This has forever changed the way we define risk,”...
  • Germany begins voting with Merkel set for third term

    09/22/2013 1:26:13 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    afp ^ | September 22, 2013 | Kate Millar
    BERLIN (AFP) - Germans began voting Sunday with Chancellor Angela Merkel poised to win a third term, which would make her Europe's only major leader to survive its financial crisis although she could be forced into governing with her main rivals.Polls opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) with nearly 62 million voters called to cast ballots in Europe's top economy. Initial television estimates are expected shortly after booths close at 1600 GMT. After shepherding Germany through the debt turmoil, Merkel has emerged more popular than ever, proving a safe pair of hands as the crisis felled leaders in France, Greece,...
  • Is Angela Merkel good for Europe?

    09/21/2013 11:27:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    European Voice ^ | 09/21/2013 | John Wyles
    Is the German chancellor too cautious to run the EU's largest and strongest member state? Polls suggest that more than 60% of Germans think that Angela Merkel is good for Germany. That is why she will be re-elected Chancellor of Germany in ten days' time. Few ask the question, least of all in Germany, whether Angela Merkel is good for Europe. Does she deserve and could she win similar poll ratings across the European Union? The adjective most frequently applied to the chancellor is “cautious”. In recent times, she has attempted to stifle every significant issue that might threaten her...
  • Merkel's Grand Fantasy

    09/21/2013 6:05:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    As I watch the latest polls from Germany there are numerous outcomes, none of which will be pleasing to chancellor Angela Merkel, except outright victory by CDU/CSU +- FDP. If anything but a CDU/CSU +- FDP majority happens, the chancellor will face seriously unwelcome choices. For example: Reader Bernd pinged me with this comment yesterday "I just watched the last TV discussion. SPD has made it clear that EUROBONDS will be part and parcel of the package, if they come in with a coalition. Merkel was dead set against those up to now. Grand Coalition ??" Indeed. Recall that Merkel...
  • Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/06/2013 6:53:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 09/04/2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. If you want to do something big, you have to start small. That's something German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier knows all too well. The politician, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has put together a manual of practical tips on how everyone can make small, everyday contributions to the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy. The so-called Energiewende,...
  • The British, at Least, Are Getting Tough (Barclays rigging of LIBOR)

    07/08/2012 1:42:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Gretchen Morgenson
    THE unfolding story of how Barclays — and, in all likelihood, other big banks — rigged interest rates is full of telling tidbits about the way Wall Street works. It also represents yet another teachable moment. By now the world knows that Barclays manipulated the most widely used benchmark rate, the London interbank offered rate. But Barclays is just one member of the cozy club that sets the Libor, which is supposed to be based on the average rate at which large banks can borrow money overnight. It’s not based on actual transactions, however — and that leaves room for...
  • Eurozone bail-out funds not enough, warns OECD

    02/03/2012 1:05:44 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/3/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    International debt inspectors believe they have found another €15bn (£12.5bn) black hole in Greece’s public finances caused by the deepening recession, delivering the crippled nation another devastating blow. With pressure growing over talks with private investors about the terms of a €100bn debt write-off, officials calculated that to bring the country’s debts to a sustainable level at 120pc of GDP the international community would need to find an extra €15bn, raising the prospect of a Greek default. Sources told news organisations in Brussels that weak growth will make it even more difficult for Greece to resolve its debt problem, leaving...