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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Vision and screwdrivers – Macron and Merkel converge on Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Back in January, when his chances of winning the French presidency were considered slim, Emmanuel Macron came to Berlin and spelled out what he felt was needed to fix Europe. "As Jacques Delors said, for Europe we need a vision and a...

Time may be nearing for ECB stimulus exit, Weidmann opines

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank (German central bank) president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am...

Surge of British naturalisations in Germany

While the number of naturalised Turks in Germany is decreasing, 2016 saw a marked increase of 361 percent of Britons seeking German citizenship. The number of British citizens applying for German nationality quadrupled after the Brexit vote of 2016. 2,865 Britons were naturalised in 2016, compared...

EU promises tough line on U.S. and China while pushing for free trade

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that Europe would react in kind if the United States did not play fair in trade, while EU leaders also agreed to consider screening investments by state-owned Chinese firms. The 28...

EU to sanction Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary for treaty violation

In the quarrel over a fair redistribution of refugees within the European Union, the European Commission has decided to launch treaty violation proceedings against Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. "It is time to act", commented Dimitris Avramopoulus, EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs,...

Bombardier to cut around 2,200 jobs in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier plans to cut around 2,200 jobs in Germany, or around a quarter of its workforce in the country, as part of a sweeping savings plan, a company source told Reuters. Most of the jobs would be cut at the company's...

In Brussels, weakened May to offer EU citizens rights

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that she would reassure fellow leaders that her government will protect the rights of their citizens living in Britain after its departure from the bloc. But other...

Population in Germany growing younger again

For the first time since the reunification in 1990, the average age of the population in Germany is decreasing again. According to the Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), the average age of its population in 2015 was 44 years and three months, whereas in 2014...

Green Party to draw “lines in the sand” before September elections

A potential coalition with the Greens would only be possible under certain conditions - such as accepting gay marriage and ruling out a cap for refugee numbers in Germany, announced Green Party top candidate Katrin Göring-Eckardt on the recent party conference. Along with the Greens'...

Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies at 87

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of Germany's 1990 reunification and mentor to Angela Merkel, has died at age 87, his Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) said on Friday. The mass-selling newspaper Bild reported that Kohl died at 9.15 a.m. on Friday...