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  • Germanwings crash triggers debate on confidentiality taboo Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Caroline Copley BERLIN (Reuters) - Calls to relax Germany's strict doctor-patient confidentiality law after a Germanwings plane crash last week have touched a nerve in a country obsessed about privacy because of its authoritarian past. A debate on the law began after reports that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of flying the Airbus A320 into a French mountain and killing all 150 people on board, had hidden sensitive information about his health from the airline. German prosecutors say Lubitz had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies and also suffered bouts of depression. Dirk Fischer, a senior member of parliament in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, told the Rheinische Post newspaper the confidentiality rules should be relaxed if the lives of others could be put in jeopardy. More »

  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies
    Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande, whose relationship has sometimes been tense since the French Socialist took power in 2012, met in Berlin on Tuesday, a week after a German pilot with a history of depression steered an airliner into a mountain in southern France, killing 150 people. The disaster came two months after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish shop. More »

  • Germany's Merkel says no time to lose on Greece Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Greece needed to stick to its commitments and though there was some leeway for the new government to make some changes, it needed to fulfil the general framework of what had been agreed. More »

  • Merkel says deal on Iran would be 'good sign' but not there yet Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday it would be a positive message if negotiators in Switzerland reach a deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme but made clear that there had been no breakthrough in talks. "An agreement would be a good sign," Merkel told a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, saying it was vital that any agreement ensured Iran would not have access to nuclear weapons for a prolonged period of time. More »

  • Hollande: All victims of Germanwings crash to be identified by end of week
    Hollande: All victims of Germanwings crash to be identified by end of week Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that all 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps would be identified by the end of the week. "The French interior minister confirmed that by the end of the week at the latest it will be possible to identify all of the victims thanks to DNA samples," he said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. More »

  • German conservative quits after refusing to back Greek aid extension Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A prominent Eurosceptic in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc resigned on Tuesday, saying he had come under pressure to back an extension of Greece's bailout, becoming first high-profile German politician to do so. Peter Gauweiler, a senior member of Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social (CSU), and an outspoken critic of aid to Greece, has led efforts to block euro zone bailouts and the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme in court. "I was publicly asked, because I am vice-chairman of the CSU, to vote in the Bundestag for the opposite of what I have represented in front of the Constitutional Court and to my voters for years," Gauweiler said. Gauweiler had been strongly criticised by CSU leader Horst Seehofer for voting in February against the extension of financial aid for Greece - which was approved by the German parliament, albeit with a record number of dissenters from Merkel's conservatives. More »

  • Euro bailout rebel quits senior German governing party job Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's eurozone bailout policies has announced that he's stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany's governing parties and giving up his parliamentary ... More »

  • Autofill error leads to disclosure of world leaders' personal data
    Autofill error leads to disclosure of world leaders' personal data Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Personal details of world leaders at last November’s G20 Summit in Brisbane were accidentally sent to organizers of the Asian Cup football tournament by the Australian immigration department through the use of Outlook's autofill function, The Guardian reported Monday. The G20 breach involved information on 31 international leaders, including United States president Barack Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and British prime minister David Cameron, according to The Guardian. More »

  • Germany's Merkel says Greek reforms must 'add up' Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Greece had a certain degree of flexibility on which reforms it implements but that the measures must "add up" to the satisfaction of its European partners. "The question is can and will Greece fulfil the expectations that we all have," Merkel said during a visit to Helsinki. More »

  • German eurosceptic leader says infighting won't rip party apart
    German eurosceptic leader says infighting won't rip party apart Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    By Michelle Martin and Hans-Edzard Busemann BERLIN (Reuters) - The founder of the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) has dismissed reports that an identity struggle between economic liberals and right-wingers is tearing the party apart. In recent weeks, German media have been full of stories about infighting in the AfD, which was set up in 2013 to oppose euro zone bailouts and has since stolen votes from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. More »

  • Obama, Merkel discuss ongoing nuclear talks with Iran - White House Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke on Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, the White House said in a statement. "They reaffirmed their commitment to achieving a long term comprehensive deal that fully and verifiably ensures that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful going forward, while noting that Iran must make the decisions necessary to resolve several remaining issues," the White House said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler) More »

  • Germany passes road toll; critics say unfairly targets foreigners Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament approved a motorway toll on Friday of up to 130 euros per year from 2016 that critics argue unfairly targets foreigners and may violate European Union laws. A prolonged debate about the toll, which the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) had firmly rejected in the 2013 election campaign, exposed frictions in their grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. German drivers would also pay the toll but would be compensated with a corresponding reduction in existing automobile taxes, which critics inside and outside the ruling grand coalition say contravenes EU rules. "This measure conforms with European law - it's high time you all believed that," Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told members of parliament during a debate before the measure passed. More »

  • Merkel says co-pilot role in crash beyond comprehension Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that it was difficult to fathom that a co-pilot from airline Germanwings may have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing 150 people. "Something like this goes beyond the realms of the imaginable," Merkel said during a brief statement in Berlin. "This is a terrible burden for the relatives of the victims," she added. (Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Noah Barkin) More »

  • Could the Germanwings Crash Have Been Avoided?
    Could the Germanwings Crash Have Been Avoided? Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    As I write I am listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement that the Germanwings crash in France this week was apparently a deliberate act of suicide/murder. In 2001, my friend and then-Atlantic-colleague William Langewiesche, who has spent all his life around aviation, wrote a celebrated story for our magazine about the evidence that the plane's pilot had deliberately flown the aircraft into the sea. More »

  • Greece prepares reforms, eyes deal with euro zone next week
    Greece prepares reforms, eyes deal with euro zone next week Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Karolina Tagaris ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will present measures to boost tax revenues and encourage investors as part of a reforms list aimed at reaching a deal with lenders early next week to unlock aid, the government said on Thursday. After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the past week, Athens said it would present a package of reforms to its euro zone partners by Monday in the hope of avoiding bankruptcy. "I believe that at the beginning of next week we will have an agreement on the package of reforms the Greek government is proposing, and on the funding of the country," Economy Minister George Stathakis told Antenna TV. The reforms are a sensitive issue for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's left-wing government, which came to power in January pledging to end austerity. More »

  • Merkel says crash findings add 'absolutely unimaginable dimension'
    Merkel says crash findings add 'absolutely unimaginable dimension' Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday findings that a Germanwings co-pilot appeared to have deliberately slammed a jet into the French Alps added an "absolutely unimaginable dimension" to the tragedy. More »

  • The Latest: Merkel says co-pilot news 'incomprehensible'
    The Latest: Merkel says co-pilot news 'incomprehensible' Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    5 p.m. (1600 GMT, 12 p.m. EDT) German Chancellor Angela Merkel says news that the co-pilot is believed to have intentionally crashed the plane gives the Germanwings tragedy a "new, simply incomprehensible ... More »

  • Investigators hope cockpit tape will explain Airbus crash
    Investigators hope cockpit tape will explain Airbus crash Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Jean-Francois Rosnoblet and Tim Hepher SEYNE-LES-ALPES/PARIS (Reuters) - Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the "black boxes" of the German jet that crashed in the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and they expect a preliminary read-out of their content in days, an official said on Wednesday. The development came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish. More »

  • Hollande pledges to shed full light on Alps plane crash Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that authorities would find out what caused the plane crash that killed 150 passengers on Tuesday in the French Alps. Hollande also said that the envelope of a second black box had been found but that investigators were still searching for the box itself. "Dear Angela, dear Mariano, rest assured ... we will find out everything and we will shed full light on the circumstances of this catastrophe," Hollande told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy who had jointly come to pay tribute to the victims. More »

  • The Latest: 2nd black box case found, but not its contents
    The Latest: 2nd black box case found, but not its contents Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    5 p.m. (1600 GMT, 12 p.m. EDT) French President Francois Hollande says the case of the second black box has been found, but not its contents. Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish ... More »

  • Spain raises Spanish death toll on Germanwings flight to 51 Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government said on Wednesday two new Spanish victims had been identified as amongst the dead on the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, bringing the death toll up to 51. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande travelled to the scene of the crash earlier on Wednesday. (Reporting By Elisabeth O'Leary; Editing by Sonya Dowsett) More »

  • Hollande, Merkel arrive in Alps for crash victims homage Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international homage to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy joined them in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, where French investigators have set up headquarters for search operations in the nearby ravine where the Germanwings airliner came down on Tuesday. The three leaders thanked search teams and were due to meet families of victims of the still-unexplained crash, which followed a sharp descent of the Airbus 320 carrying them from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. More »

  • Greece risks running out of cash by April 20, scrambles on reforms
    Greece risks running out of cash by April 20, scrambles on reforms Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the past week, Athens said it will present a package of reforms to its euro zone partners by Monday in the hope of unlocking aid and avoiding a messy default. "It will be done at the latest by Monday," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told Mega TV. Merkel did not reveal details from her meetings with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, but she did tell members of her conservative party at a closed-door meeting in parliament on Tuesday that Greece needs to work with the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission to unlock the cash injection it needs. Comments from the German foreign minister and the chairman of euro zone finance ministers suggested slightly more optimism among Greece's partners that it may be moving closer to meeting the conditions needed to receive more cash. More »

  • Tsipras tells Germany's Greens he wants to avoid third bailout Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told leaders of Germany's opposition Greens on Tuesday that Athens' liquidity problems were big but that he wanted to avoid a third bailout package, Greens co-leader Simone Peter told reporters. The Greek premier, on his first official visit to Germany, met conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, then held talks with her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners and the opposition Left and Greens on Tuesday. (Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Stephen Brown; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Merkel to visit French plane crash site on Wednesday
    Merkel to visit French plane crash site on Wednesday Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was going Wednesday to the French Alpine region where a German passenger plane crashed, killing all 150 people on board. More »

  • Merkel 'deeply shaken' by Germanwings crash in France -spokesman Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel was "deeply shaken" by news that a passenger plane operated by Germanwings had crashed in France, her spokesman said on Tuesday. The chancellor was scheduled to give a statement on the accident at 2.30 p.m. (1330 GMT). (Reporting by Stephen Brown) More »

  • The Latest: Merkel to travel to site of plane crash
    The Latest: Merkel to travel to site of plane crash Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    2:50 p.m. (1350 GMT, 9:50 a.m. EDT) German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will head to the remote mountain in the French Alps where a Germanwings passenger plane crashed with 150 people aboard. She ... More »

  • Germany's Merkel to travel to Germanwings crash site in France Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel will travel on Wednesday to the site of a crash in France involving a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people, she said on Tuesday, calling it a shock which had plunged Germany, France and Spain into "deep mourning". "I will travel there tomorrow to get my own impression and to speak with local officials," the chancellor told reporters. (Reporting by Stephen Brown and Michael Nienaber) More »

  • The Latest: France, Spain, Germany express solidarity
    The Latest: France, Spain, Germany express solidarity Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    1 p.m. (1200 GMT, 8 a.m. EDT) French President Francois Hollande has spoken briefly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to express solidarity following the crash of a Germanwings plane in southern France. ... More »

  • EU-Greek deal possible this week: EU parliament chief
    EU-Greek deal possible this week: EU parliament chief Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras poses for photographers after a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin on March 23, 2015 More »

  • Greece: ECB boss Mario Draghi gives guarded support and a stern warning
    Greece: ECB boss Mario Draghi gives guarded support and a stern warning Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The head of the European Central Bank expressed cautious optimism on 23 March that Greece would be able to benefit from ECB money printing and get normal access to central bank funds, but urged Athens to honour its debts. Mario Draghi made the remarks in the European Parliament as German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Athens sought to unlock the cash that Greece needs to avoid crashing out of the euro. Much of Greece's funding requirements and those of its banks are, in the meantime, being met by the ECB. Draghi signalled that there was scope to normalise the manner in which such funding was provided. More »

  • Greek PM meeting with German opposition after Merkel talks Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Germany for a second day following lengthy meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel where both leaders sought to mend fences and looked for ways to help Athens reach a deal with bailout creditors. More »

  • Greece to present reforms package by Monday - government spokesman
    Greece to present reforms package by Monday - government spokesman Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Greece will present its proposed package of reforms to its euro zone partners by next Monday in hopes they will release much needed cash, its government spokesman said on Tuesday. "It will be done at the latest by Monday," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told Mega TV. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday but it was unclear if they had narrowed differences on economic reforms Athens must implement to win urgently to get fresh aid from its creditors. Sakellaridis said the package of reforms Athens will propose will not contain recessionary measures but structural changes. More »

  • Greek and German leaders hold debt talks
    Greek and German leaders hold debt talks Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold talks in Berlin but differences remain. More »

  • Greek PM Tsipras to visit Germany's Holocaust memorial Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Germany's Holocaust memorial on Tuesday on the second day of his visit to the country that his radical leftist government has demanded pay World War Two reparations, his office said on Monday. The announcement of the visit to the Berlin memorial to Jews murdered by the Nazi regime, an unusual move for a foreign leader, came after Tsipras told a news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel that his government's call for reparations from Germany is mainly a moral demand. "We aren't linking it to the current discussion on the European crisis and Greece's position in the euro zone, and the need to quickly find a solution to move forward," Tsipras told reporters when asked about his government's call for reparations that Germany has rejected. Hundreds of villages were razed and more than 20,000 civilians killed in 1941-44 by German soldiers bent on crushing Greek resistance. More »