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  • Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine
    Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    David Cameron has claimed the latest crisis in Ukraine "bears the hallmarks" of a Russian approach. Following a phone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he called on Moscow to unequivocally condemn the illegal occupation of government buildings. Moscow's denial of involvement "lacked a shred of credibility", he added. In London, the prime minister's spokesman said the Russian government "should be unequivocally condemning" the actions in Ukraine. More »

  • UK and Germany to Russia: Condemn building occupations in Ukraine Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. The two leaders spoke by phone on Monday to discuss escalating tensions and the threat of Ukrainian military action following the occupation of state buildings in the east of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. "He and Chancellor Merkel agreed about the importance of condemning the illegal occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine," Cameron's official spokesman told reporters. "They believe the Russian government should be unequivocally condemning that action too." Cameron is due to speak to French President Francois Hollande about Ukraine later on Monday, said the spokesman. More »

  • Merkel's flawed vision for Europe, Ukraine-Russia and beyond
    Merkel's flawed vision for Europe, Ukraine-Russia and beyond Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    How does German Chancellor Angela Merkel measure up against her predecessors? More »

  • 'Great Stretch' to secure Greek debt return
    'Great Stretch' to secure Greek debt return Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Two years ago, Greece's debt crisis almost brought the euro zone crashing down. Now European partners are preparing to ease Athens' debt burden without writing off their loans but by stretching them out into the distant future, extending maturities from 30 to 50 years and further cutting some interest rates, EU officials say. The International Monetary Fund says Greece is likely to need further financial help from the euro zone over the next two years. One reason why the sale of 3 billion euros in five-year bonds at a yield of 4.95 percent went so smoothly, on the eve of a support visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was that investors are widely anticipating official debt relief. More »

  • Merkel sees 'renewed confidence' in Greece after bond issue
    Merkel sees 'renewed confidence' in Greece after bond issue Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference following her meeting with the Greek prime minister in Athens on April 11, 2014 More »

  • Merkel visits Athens to boost Greek government after bond sale
    Merkel visits Athens to boost Greek government after bond sale Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Andreas Rinke and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Friday to continue backing Greece, one day after the debt-laden country tapped bond markets for the first time since its international bailout began four years ago. Greek reforms are paying off, Merkel said in a symbolic visit to mark the economic rehabilitation of a nation that over the past four years has threatened the stability of Europe and its single currency. "We see that Greece is fulfilling its pledges... We will continue to support Greece in the future," Merkel said in a joint press conference with Samaras, adding that Athens was meeting its budget targets, opening the way to discuss further debt relief measures in the months to come. In a sign that the focus of Greece's bailout program is gradually shifting towards less austerity and more growth, Merkel and Samaras met startup businesses and said they would accelerate the creation of a 500-million euro fund for small and medium enterprises, sponsored by Greece, the EU and Germany. More »

  • Bond market return shows 'renewed confidence' in Greece: Merkel
    Bond market return shows 'renewed confidence' in Greece: Merkel Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras address the forum with Greek young businessmen in Athens on April 11, 2014 More »

  • Merkel, in Athens, praises Greek reform progress
    Merkel, in Athens, praises Greek reform progress Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Greece won praise Friday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the lead advocate of eurozone austerity — for its painful economic turnaround and successful return to markets. But Merkel added a polite ... More »

  • Merkel a 'believer' in Greece after tough reforms
    Merkel a 'believer' in Greece after tough reforms Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras address the forum with Greek young businessmen in Athens on April 11, 2014 More »

  • Merkel visits Greece after bond success
    Merkel visits Greece after bond success Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Athens for a brief visit on Friday, amid a wave of optimism among Greek and European officials over the country's successful return to bond markets this week. ... More »

  • EU's Rehn counsels restraint on Russia sanctions
    EU's Rehn counsels restraint on Russia sanctions Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The European Union should refrain from harsh sanctions against Russia if it does not escalate a crisis over Ukraine, the EU's top economic official said on Friday. Since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, the European Union has imposed sanctions against the closest allies of President Vladimir Putin. Group of Seven governments have suspended top-level contacts with Russia. U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked on Thursday about potential further sanctions for Russia over its actions in Ukraine, calling on Moscow to move its troops back from the border region. More »

  • Obama calls Merkel to 'check in' on Ukraine crisis Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Ukraine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More »

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine in phone call - White House Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. Carney said the call, which happened while Obama was travelling on Air Force One from Austin, Texas, was "just to check in on the situation." He said more details would be provided later on Thursday. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler) More »

  • Suu Kyi, Germany's Merkel discuss Myanmar's future
    Suu Kyi, Germany's Merkel discuss Myanmar's future Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Myanmar's future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity. More »

  • Car bomb explodes outside Greek central bank building, no one hurt
    Car bomb explodes outside Greek central bank building, no one hurt Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside a central bank building in Athens early on Thursday, smashing windows but causing no injuries, just hours before Greece was due to make its first foray into the international bond markets in four years. The dawn blast, which police believe was carried out by leftist or anarchist guerrilla groups, also came a day before a planned visit to Athens by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. An anonymous caller warned a newspaper about 45 minutes before the explosion just before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), saying it contained about 70 kg (155 pounds) of explosives, a police official said on condition of anonymity. Witnesses saw debris strewn across the street in one of the busiest parts of central Athens that is lined with banks, shops and a mall. More »

  • Germany asked U.S. about monitoring of Merkel but got no response - MP Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government asked the United States what information the National Security Agency had collected on Angela Merkel after monitoring her mobile phone for years but got no response, a German lawmaker said on Wednesday. Omid Nouripour, a member of parliament for the opposition Greens, asked the German government in a formal parliamentary query if it had contacted Washington to discover what the NSA found out. "I wanted to find out what the German government was doing about the NSA eavesdropping on her," Nouripour told Reuters. Merkel needs to keep pressing for answers." Reports in October about the monitoring - based on disclosures by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden - caused outrage in Germany, which is sensitive about surveillance because of abuses by East Germany's Stasi security police and the Nazi's Gestapo secret police. More »

  • Greeks strike against austerity before Merkel visit
    Greeks strike against austerity before Merkel visit Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Renee Maltezou and Costas Pitas ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of striking Greeks marched to parliament on Wednesday to protest against job cuts and austerity measures imposed by the country's foreign creditors, including Germany, whose leader will visit Athens this week. Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports, hospitals operated on emergency staff, and transport in Athens was disrupted due to the 24-hour strike called by private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY. More than 20,000 workers, pensioners, students and the unemployed marched peacefully through the streets of the Greek capital chanting "EU, IMF take the bailout and get out of here!" Unions said their anti-austerity message was also aimed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is due to meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Friday. Germany has insisted on painful spending cuts and tax hikes in return for international loans. More »

  • Merkel ally warns against 'wrong signal' to France on deficit
    Merkel ally warns against 'wrong signal' to France on deficit Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    One of Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief allies in parliament on Wednesday criticised the centre-left candidate for European Commission president, Germany's Martin Schulz, for saying France should get more time to cut its public deficit. Schulz, the European Parliament president from the Social Democrats (SPD), has said he would back a renegotiation of France's 2015 deadline for bringing its deficit in line with an EU limit of 3 percent. More »

  • Merkel: Russia should help ease Ukraine crisis Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is suggesting that Russia isn't doing enough to defuse tensions in Ukraine, and is calling for an international monitoring mission to be strengthened. More »

  • Merkel says Russia not contributing to de-escalation in Ukraine Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Russia was not taking the necessary steps to ease the standoff over Ukraine. "Unfortunately, in many areas it is not clear that Russia is contributing to a de-escalation of the situation," Merkel said in a speech in parliament. "Therefore we will continue to do what we've been doing: on the one hand pursue dialogue, but on the other hand make clear that in our view Ukraine has a right to its own development path. Ukraine must decide its own future." (Reporting by Alexandra Hudson and Stephen Brown; More »

  • Conservative Merkel ally criticises German foreign minister over Russia Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A senior Christian Democrat criticised 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 co-ordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD. Andreas Schockenhoff, a senior ally of Merkel in her party, on Tuesday took issue with several of Steinmeier's recent comments, for example his warning the European Union not to force eastern European countries to have to choose between East or West. "That is a very problematic remark ... it was Russia and not the EU that forced Ukraine into such a choice," Schockenhoff told Reuters ahead of a speech he is due to give on Wednesday in which he will criticise elements of Germany's stance. More »

  • Germany ushers in renewable energy reform
    Germany ushers in renewable energy reform Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    By Markus Wacket and Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved on Tuesday a reform of Germany's renewable energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity in Europe's biggest economy driven by the rapid expansion of green power. The reform will slow the growth of green energy, which accounts for 25 percent of Germany's electricity, and force new investors in green power to take some risk. Household consumers, who have among the highest electricity bills in Europe, are likely to see power bills rise at a slower pace. The Social Democrat (SPD) leader has had to balance maintaining growth in renewables with the requirement to keep heavy industry happy with affordable power. More »

  • Germany 'very worried' about developments in eastern Ukraine Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The German government is "very worried" about events at the weekend in eastern Ukraine, which included the seizure of state buildings by pro-Russian protesters, a spokesman said on Monday. Pro-Russian demonstrators stormed regional government buildings in the industrial hub of Donetsk on Sunday as well as security service offices in nearby Luhansk and the regional administrative building in Kharkiv. "The latest developments in Donetsk and in Kharkiv are something which we are all very worried about in the German government," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert. More »

  • Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient'
    Merkel ally says U.S. assurances on NSA spying 'insufficient' Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    A leading ally of Angela Merkel has criticised the United States for failing to provide sufficient assurances on its spying tactics and said bilateral talks were unlikely to make much progress before the German leader visits Washington next month. Reports last October - based on disclosures by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden - that Washington had monitored Merkel's mobile phone caused outrage in Germany, which is particularly sensitive about surveillance because of abuses under the East German Stasi secret police and the Nazis. Berlin subsequently demanded talks with Washington on a "no-spy" deal, but it has become clear in recent months that the United States is unwilling to give the assurances Germany wants. "The information we have so far is insufficient," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, one of Merkel's closest cabinet allies, told German weekly magazine Der Spiegel. More »

  • Juncker launches EU campaign with soothing message to Germany
    Juncker launches EU campaign with soothing message to Germany Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Jean-Claude Juncker kicked off his campaign to become president of the European Commission on Saturday by reassuring sceptical German conservatives that he opposed common euro zone bonds, rapid EU enlargement and unchecked power for Brussels. The former prime minister of Luxembourg and long-time head of the Eurogroup forum of euro zone finance ministers was chosen last month as the lead candidate for Europe's centre-right parties in European Parliament elections next month. But he has not always seen eye-to-eye with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the most powerful politician in the 28-nation EU, and his speech at a congress of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) seemed aimed at winning over the German leader and her party. One of the most sensitive issues for the CDU is Juncker's support, at the height of the bloc's debt crisis, for common euro zone bonds - a taboo for Merkel and her party who fear they would remove incentives for budget discipline. More »

  • Merkel says EU united on Russia sanctions
    Merkel says EU united on Russia sanctions Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Europe Union won't waver if the time comes to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over Ukraine. More »

  • Merkel - No one should doubt EU resolve on Russia sanctions Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    No one should doubt Europe's willingness to introduce tougher sanctions against Russia if it takes further steps to destabilise Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday. Merkel acknowledged differences among EU countries in the Ukraine crisis but said this would not get in the way of a united approach. "If the territorial integrity of Ukraine continues to be violated, then we will have to introduce economic sanctions," Merkel told a congress of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), kicking off its campaign for European Parliament elections next month. More »

  • Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Russia protested to Germany on Thursday over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler. "We consider such pseudo-historical references by the German minister provocative," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "The comparisons by him are a gross manipulation of historic facts." The strongly worded retort showed how far the Crimean crisis has strained relations between Russia and Germany, the leading European Union power and the one with the closest ties to Moscow. While Chancellor Angela Merkel has distanced herself from Schaeuble's comments, she has pushed for a robust EU response to the seizure of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine last month. More »

  • German Cabinet approves national minimum wage
    German Cabinet approves national minimum wage Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved a national minimum wage for Germany on Wednesday, guaranteeing workers at least 8.50 euros per hour ($11.75) starting next year. German wages had for decades ... More »

  • German cabinet signs off on minimum wage from 2015
    German cabinet signs off on minimum wage from 2015 Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Germany's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to a national minimum wage of 8.50 euros (7.04 pounds) per hour - a flagship project for the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power with Angela Merkel's conservatives. The minimum wage will take effect in Europe's biggest economy from 2015 but will not cover minors, trainees and some interns. Some employers can continue to pay their workers less until the end of 2016 if they are covered by certain collective agreements. Companies will also be able to pay the long-term unemployed less than the legal minimum wage for the first six months of a new job. More »

  • German cabinet adopts national minimum wage
    German cabinet adopts national minimum wage Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) addresses lawmakers at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on March 20, 2014 in Berlin More »

  • German cabinet adopts national minimum wage - government source
    German cabinet adopts national minimum wage - government source Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) addresses lawmakers at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on March 20, 2014 in Berlin More »

  • German minimum wage to exclude long-term unemployed - sources Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Germany's governing coalition has agreed the outlines of an 8.50 euro (7.21 pounds) per hour minimum wage to be introduced next year, covering all but the roughly one million long-term unemployed, sources close to the talks said on Tuesday. Under the deal, companies can pay the long-term unemployed less than the legal minimum wage for the first six months of a new job, a concession conservatives in the coalition had pushed for. Labour Minister Andrea Nahles, a member of the Social Democrats (SPD), had intended the exemption to apply only to those long-term unemployed whose employers received subsidies for them - fewer than 20,000 people a year in previous years. Germany's right-left cabinet, made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the SPD, is expected to agree on the compromise at a meeting on Wednesday and the law is meant to go through Bundestag lower house of parliament by July. More »

  • Merkel: Still too many Russian troops near east Ukraine border Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    BERLIN (Reuters) - A reduction of troop strength at the eastern Ukrainian border ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin is not enough, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, adding there were still too many soldiers in the area. "It is clearly not the last step that needs to be taken because the troop concentration on the Ukrainian border is very high," Merkel told reporters during a news conference. ... More »

  • Russian prime minister angers Ukraine by visiting Crimea
    Russian prime minister angers Ukraine by visiting Crimea Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    By Darya Korsunskaya SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev. But in a gesture that could ease tension in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War, Russia pulled some troops back from near Ukraine's eastern frontier - a move the United States said would be a positive sign if it is confirmed as a withdrawal. President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he had ordered a partial drawdown in the region, Merkel's spokesman said. More »