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EU ElectionsGerman centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

Today @ 09:15

Jean-Claude Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the role of President of the European Commission, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters. Forty days ahead of European ...

Merkel in Athens after bond sale success

11.04.14 @ 09:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Athens on Friday (11 April) in a show of support for the Greek government after its successful return to the bond markets and a first budgetary surplus in 11 years. It is ...

Steinmeier disagrees with German business chiefs on Russia

10.04.14 @ 09:30

German politicians are divided into two broad categories: 'Russia understanders' and 'Russia critics'. The doveish Social-Democrats (SPD), including two former chancellors - Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt, who ...

German ruling party ponders limiting powers of top court

07.04.14 @ 09:29

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are pondering how to limit the powers of the "latent anti-European" Constitutional Court, whose latest verdict will allow fringe parties to have representatives in the European ...

EU ElectionsNordic populist parties divided on which EP group to join

02.04.14 @ 09:13

Right-wing populist parties from the Nordic countries are set to take different political paths after the European elections in May. While the Sweden Democrats are looking towards the likely coalition between France’s ...

EU ElectionsFar-right waltz in Vienna: the Freedom Party and its fraternities

01.04.14 @ 09:31

Once a year, the Viennese faction of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) invites members and friends of the Burschenschaften (student fraternities) to a ball night at the city’s imperial Hofburg palace. On 24 January the ...

OpinionEven Germany's intellectual elite is falling out of love with the EU

28.03.14 @ 16:51

The European Union is under attack from all sides. To many on the Right in Europe, it seems to be an over-regulated bureaucracy that is undermining the bloc’s competitiveness. To those on the Left, it appears in the ...

EU ElectionsGerman anti-euro party broadens its platform to left and right

26.03.14 @ 09:28

In an attempt to broaden its election appeal, Germany's new anti-euro party has published an EU election manifesto with ideas seen in both far-right and far-left platforms. In its election manifesto adopted on Sunday ( ...

German government to curb 'welfare tourism'

25.03.14 @ 09:50

A special panel set up to look at welfare abuse in Germany has proposed tightening the rules and only giving child support to people with a German tax number. The findings of the special report are to be adopted by the ...

EU leaders agree new Russia sanctions

21.03.14 @ 02:21

EU leaders have reacted to Russia's annexation of Crimea by blacklisting 12 new names and by agreeing to send EU peace monitors if need be. "We have 12 names and I can assure you that some of them are really high- ...

Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

19.03.14 @ 18:48

EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia's annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go. At the crux of the debates will be ...

Doing business with Russia: A German dilemma

17.03.14 @ 18:25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a cautious politician. A natural scientist by formation, she never goes for bold statements unless they have been carefully weighed beforehand. By her standards, the speech in the ...

EU ElectionsGerman neo-Nazi party gears up for EP entry

17.03.14 @ 07:58

Germany’s neo-nazi party, the NPD, is feeling euphoric. And it’s all down to Germany’s top court. The constitutional court’s recent decision to overturn the three-percent hurdle for obtaining a seat means the party ...

Merkel: Comparing Crimea to Kosovo is 'shameful'

13.03.14 @ 11:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (13 March) told the Bundestag it is "shameful" to compare the independence of Kosovo with the referendum for independence in Crimea and called on Russia to stop its actions in ...

New EU citizens' appeal targets press freedom

11.03.14 @ 21:41

Verdi, a German trade union which triggered the only successful European Citizens' Initiative so far, is throwing its weight behind a new project on press freedom. With 2 million members, it could easily get the 1 ...

Germany calls for urgent EU meeting on Ukraine

01.03.14 @ 16:10

Germany’s foreign minister has said European states need to “gather quickly” to formulate a joint position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement on Saturday (1 March): "We are in ...

Germany: IMF 'central' to Ukraine aid package

28.02.14 @ 16:43

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be "central" to the financial rescue package being cobbled together for Ukraine, a German government spokeswoman said on Friday in Berlin (28 February). She added that German ...

Merkel: EU needs Britain in order to reform

27.02.14 @ 15:47

Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first German leader to address the British Parliament in almost 30 years, made a strong case for why the EU "needs" the UK on Thursday (27 February). Both the Conservative Prime Minister, ...

'Antici protocols' shed light on EU crisis summits

27.02.14 @ 10:00

EU summits are a tiresome affair. The Cypriot President had to install a bed in his delegation room to take a nap now and then during the all-nighters discussing Greek bailouts or other pressing euro-matters. France's ...

Germans and Brits back EU vetoes for national parliaments

27.02.14 @ 09:18

Most British and German voters believe that national parliaments should be able to block new EU laws, according to a survey published on Wednesday (26 February). Seventy three percent of Britons and 58 percent of ...

EU ElectionsGerman neo-Nazis could enter EU parliament after court ruling

26.02.14 @ 12:55

A myriad small German parties, including the neo-Nazi NPD, could enter the European Parliament following a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday (26 February) to abolish the minimum threshold for the vote. The ...

Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

25.02.14 @ 09:46

A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil ...

EU ElectionsControversial author praises German anti-euro party

24.02.14 @ 18:38

Thilo Sarrazin is an unusual politician. A member of the German Social Democrats since 1974, he became a household name in 2010 after publishing his best-selling "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany is doing away with ...

Merkel the UK's 'most important partner' on EU reform

24.02.14 @ 09:29

German chancellor Angela Merkel is the UK's "most important partner" in reforming the EU, the UK foreign minister has said.   Speaking on BBC television on Sunday (23 February), William Hague commented that the German ...

Report: NSA spying on German ministers instead of Merkel

24.02.14 @ 09:06

The US intelligence service, the NSA, has allegedly expanded its surveillance of German government officials since being ordered by President Barack Obama to stop spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag ...

AgendaMerkel gets royal reception in London this WEEK

21.02.14 @ 18:44

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be received with the highest level of pomp during her visit to London on Thursday (27 February). She is to meet the queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and speak to the joint houses ...

Ukraine violence catches EU by surprise

18.02.14 @ 18:13

A sudden eruption of violence in Kiev, leaving six protesters and one policeman dead, has taken EU diplomats by surprise. The fighting broke out on Tuesday (18 February) morning when riot police confronted anti- ...

EU commissioner clashes with Germany on energy subsidies

18.02.14 @ 09:29

Germany is on collision course with the European Commission over subsidies to energy-intensive industries which Brussels says run counter to EU goals on promoting greener sources by 2020. In a rare move, competition ...

AgendaHollande and Merkel plan EU 'revival' this WEEK

17.02.14 @ 17:58

The French and German leaders will in Paris on Wednesday (19 February) discuss what France is calling “the revival of Europe.” French President Francois Hollande has announced that his meeting with German Chancellor ...

FeatureDresden: Bombs, neo-Nazis and Kurt Vonnegut

14.02.14 @ 17:39

Slaughterhouse Five nowadays is called Halle Funf. It is a fair ground - conferences, exhibitions, concerts. Walking down one staircase, a wardrobe opens up. "There used to be meat hooks, now there are coat hooks," says ...

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

EU ElectionsGerman eurosceptics on the rise ahead of EU elections

11.02.14 @ 12:07

The EU: a remote bureaucracy bent on spewing out meddlesome laws; taking more and more power from national parliaments and governments; sitting idly by while immigrants flood in, taxpayers are looted and banks are ...

ECB overstepped its mandate, German top court says

07.02.14 @ 16:39

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Friday (7 February) for the first time in its history referred a case to the EU's top judges - with the final ruling key to the future stability of the eurozone. The case ...

Former German chancellor: US has 'no respect'

06.02.14 @ 09:28

Gerhard Schroeder has said the US has "no respect" for Germany after media reported that his phone had also been tapped during his term as Chancellor. "Tapping the phone of a Chancellor - this clearly goes too far," ...

Juncker emerges as centre-right's top EU candidate

03.02.14 @ 20:04

Former Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker is emerging as the top candidate for the centre-right European People's Party in the upcoming EU elections, amid positive signals from Berlin. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag ...

Merkel coalition partners side with MEPs on EU bank fund

01.02.14 @ 14:40

Hard fought concessions won by German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on the EU's banking union plans have come under friendly fire from his social democrat coalition partners. Under a painfully agreed compromise ...

Germany signals new self-confidence on military operations

31.01.14 @ 21:23

German President Joachim Gauck has said his country should put aside World War II anxieties and play a bigger military role abroad. “While there are genuine pacifists in Germany, there are also people who use Germany’s ...

Merkel backs Ukrainian opposition as army warns of war

31.01.14 @ 17:12

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her support behind the Ukrainian opposition and urged President Viktor Yanukovych to deliver on his promises to roll back anti-protest laws. "We think the opposition's claims ...

Germany calls for rethink of Eastern Partnership

31.01.14 @ 08:25

The EU was wrong not to have analysed possible conflicts with Russia before offering the so-called Eastern Partnership to countries like Ukraine, Gernot Erler, Germany's new chief of relations with Russia and the ...

German top court to rule on whether ECB can buy bonds

30.01.14 @ 12:48

Germany's constitutional court is expected to rule this spring on the legality of the European Central Bank's bond purchases, a scheme that has eased the eurozone crisis by calming markets. Udo Di Fabio, who served as ...

Obama advisor: Pipeline deals could see US spy on EU leaders

27.01.14 @ 14:53

Major economic deals, which look as if they could cause “difficulties” for the US, are a legitimate reason to spy on EU leaders, a US intelligence oversight panelist has said. “If Germany were making an economic deal ...

EU data bill delayed until after May elections

24.01.14 @ 09:27

The EU's revamped data protection law will not be adopted before the European Parliament elections with several member states seeking to weaken it. EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, the European Parliament lead ...

Germany warns Ukraine on anti-protest law

17.01.14 @ 15:15

The German government on Friday (17 January) said controversial Ukrainian laws banning pro-EU protests would have "consequences" for its EU relations. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the ...

UK rejects German 'no spy' pact, report says

16.01.14 @ 09:29

The UK is reportedly opposed to a no-spy pact being crafted by EU states, despite months of German-led negotiations. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday (15 January) reported that the pact is designed to ...

EU spells out rules on migrant access to benefits

13.01.14 @ 17:49

The European Commission on Monday (13 January) outlined ways national authorities can prevent EU migrants from abusing state benefits while preserving the right to free movement. “The guide published by the commission ...

Merkel caves in on Russia appointment

10.01.14 @ 09:40

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (9 January) accepted the appointment of a pro-Moscow veteran as special coordinator for Russia policy, a concession made to her coalition partner. Gernot Erler, who will turn ...

New German minister urges Greece to continue reforms

10.01.14 @ 09:39

Greece must "complete the project it has started" if it is to end its era of economic crisis, Germany's foreign minister told reporters in Ahens, as he welcomed the reform efforts made by the cash-strapped country. ...

Germany sets up panel on migrant welfare

09.01.14 @ 09:26

The German government is setting up a special panel on labour migration and possible welfare abuse, comprising of state secretaries from almost all ministries in response to calls by local municipalities and the ...

EU data law hits set-back in Germany

06.01.14 @ 19:31

Germany’s new justice minister, Heiko Maas, wants to delay turning the EU's controversial data retention directive into German law. His announcement, made in an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel on Sunday (5 ...

ReviewEU power shifts from Brussels to Berlin

06.01.14 @ 09:34

While the eurozone crisis in 2013 lingered in most countries, Germany seemed to be doing better than ever. It had low unemployment, high productivity and exports so strong that the European Commission asked it to do ...