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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,...

2008-07-07 06:00:23

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin - According to Peter Struck, chairman of the SPD [Social Democratic Party of Germany] Bundestag Group, people in Germany have to counter the rising oil and gas prices by reducing their energy consumption. Struck told Berlin-based Tagesspiegel am Sonntag: "We must consume less energy and reduce our dependency on oil and gas by using renewable energy sources. We must also urge the people to become more energy-conscious." At the same...

2006-09-01 05:17:32

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has unseated U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the world's most powerful woman, according to a new ranking by Forbes magazine. "Despite her short time in office, Merkel has been dazzling world leaders, including Tony Blair and George W. Bush," Forbes said on its website. "But Merkel has a tough fight ahead of her. Her approval ratings have declined ... making it more difficult for Merkel to win big with key legislative...

2006-08-21 09:49:10

By Tom Armitage BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed aside sinking popularity polls on Monday, saying her government had cleaned up its finances and boosted prospects for economic growth. "We are coming out of our debt spiral," she told a news conference after returning to Berlin from a hiking holiday in the Alps with her husband. "Germany is no longer seen as the sick man of Europe." During her vacation, Merkel suffered a barrage of criticism over her...

2006-07-13 04:50:34

By Steve Holland STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) - President Bush called Germany a key ally in the promotion of peace and freedom on Thursday at the start of a visit to the former communist east designed to strengthen bilateral ties. "I bring a message from the American people, we're honored to call the German people friends and allies," Bush said, standing alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town square of this resort town on the Baltic. "We're going to work together to keep the...

2006-07-13 04:45:23

By Steve Holland STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) - President Bush called Germany a key ally in the promotion of peace and freedom on Thursday at the start of a visit to the former communist east designed to strengthen bilateral ties. "I bring a message from the American people, we're honored to call the German people friends and allies," Bush said, standing alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town square of this resort town on the Baltic. "We're going to work together to keep the...

2006-07-11 21:53:57

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - When Chancellor Angela Merkel first broached the idea of inviting President George W. Bush to her voting district in Germany's flat, barren northeast, local officials wondered openly what she could possibly show him. "Don't worry," Merkel reassured them. "He's from Texas. He'll feel at home." In reality, the coastal town of Stralsund and the former communist showcase village of Trinwillershagen, where Bush will visit Merkel on Thursday, bear little...

2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

2006-04-07 05:33:21

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament gave the green light on Friday for a parliamentary inquiry into whether German spies in Baghdad helped the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 at a time when the government was publicly opposed to the war. Lawmakers voted to approve the probe, which will examine various sensitive aspects of the security services' work and their cooperation with the United States. It will also look into the Central...

2006-02-28 18:20:59

By James Mackenzie and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. media reports that German intelligence agents helped the American-led invasion of Iraq were a smear tactic against Berlin as a European power firmly opposed to the war, leading German politicians said on Tuesday. The politicians from major parties, including the Social Democrats (SPD) of ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, were reacting to reports that could embarrass current Chancellor Angel Merkel because she leads a...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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