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2009-05-14 15:15:31

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbruck said the government's budget deficit would reach $122 billion in 2010, its largest since the end of World War II. The deficit for 2009 was on track to reach $68 billion this year, In 2008, Germany's deficit reached $16 billion, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The budget gap could set back Chancellor Angela Merkel's campaign pledge to cut income taxes. Social Democratic Party officials said the budget gap figures revealed the chancellor's pledge...

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2009-02-09 11:35:00

Germany named a new head of its Economic Ministry Monday after Michael Glos abruptly resigned eight months before a general election. Glos has been at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pushing for tax cuts to jump start the German economy, although Merkel has repeatedly rejected that option. Glos has also been reluctant to push for an economic stimulus package, Deutsche Welle reported Monday. He said Sunday night he would resign. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will take his place...

2008-09-05 12:00:35

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp on 5 September Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) [Christian Democratic Union] keeps supporting longer running times for the German nuclear power plants. She thinks an extension is a "sensible measure", Merkel said at a meeting of the CDU district chairmen in Berlin on Friday [5 September]. There is no other country in the world that "opts out of the safest nuclear power plants and, at the same time, deprives itself of its energy...

2008-07-26 06:00:07

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin (ddp) - Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU [Christian Democratic Union]) has a positive view of the speech of Democratic US presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Berlin. In the Federal Government's view, the speech was a "positive signal for and in Europe," said government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm in Berlin on Friday [25 July]. Obama had made it clear that "we have to joint together, in international cooperation, to meet the...

2008-07-24 12:00:26

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp on 24 July Berlin: On Thursday [24 July] morning, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU [Christian Democratic Union]) received US presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. At the first meeting of the two politicians, there was a "very open, in- depth conversation in a very good atmosphere", Government Spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said after the meeting which lasted about one hour. According to his statements,...

2008-07-11 12:00:25

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin: Berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) [Social Democratic Party of Germany] is taking the course of confrontation in the dispute about a possible appearance by designated US presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Brandenburg Gate. Presumably Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) [Christian Democratic Union] opposes a speech at this location because of advice that she received from incumbent US President George W. Bush...

2008-06-28 09:02:20

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp on 28 June Berlin: Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union) has pledged support for German agriculture in the review of EU agricultural policy. The federal government had always committed itself to ensuring that all types of German agriculture had a right to exist and a secure future, Mrs Merkel said in her weekly video message, which appeared on the internet on Saturday [28 June]. "That's what we shall be getting...

2006-08-06 08:29:37

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government came under attack on Sunday from leaders in her own party as the conservatives fell to a record low in opinion polls amid public anger over rising taxes and stymied reform efforts. The head of the leading opposition party, Free Democrat chairman Guido Westerwelle, predicted Merkel's nine-month old grand coalition would collapse well before the next election set for 2009 because of bad blood between...

2006-03-26 02:02:28

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in three German regional elections that are expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms once they are over. The elections, in the wealthy states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and the poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt, are the first since Merkel took office in November as head of a delicately balanced government of...

2006-03-26 01:32:13

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans began voting in three regional elections on Sunday that are widely expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms. The elections, in the wealthy states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and the poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt, are the first since Merkel took office in November as head of a delicately balanced government of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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