Germany

Booming budget surplus puts pressure on Germany to spend

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BERLIN - Germany posted its biggest budget surplus since reunification in the first half of 2014, underscoring the strength of its finances just as it encounters growing pressure to spend more to bolster growth in Europe.

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German eurosceptics chide Merkel after state surge 01 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Riding a wave of momentum after a strong showing in a regional election, Germany's new anti-euro party said on Monday it was time for Chancellor Angela Merkel to wake up and accept it as a new conservative force in German politics.

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Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe 01 Sep 2014

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, telling parliament on Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe.

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German manufacturing grows at slowest rate in 11 months in Aug -PMI 01 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany's manufacturing sector expanded at the slowest rate in 11 months in August as new orders and output growth weakened, a survey showed on Monday, adding to signs that Europe's largest economy is slowing.

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Weak investment, trade drive second quarter contraction in German economy 01 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Weak investment spending and slow trade led Germany to contract for the first time in over a year in the second quarter, data showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is running out of steam just as the impact of the crisis in Ukraine starts to bite.

Germany to send Iraqi Kurds enough weapons for 4,000 fighters 31 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilise the Middle East, the defence minister said on Sunday.

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Merkel's conservatives set to hold Saxony, eurosceptics make breakthrough 31 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives were poised to cling to power in Sunday's election in the east German state of Saxony but new right-leaning rival Alternative for Germany (AfD) made a breakthrough by winning its first seats in a state assembly.

Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda 31 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear "more authentic" than al Qaeda, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday.

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Germany ready to dilute austerity medicine for reform-minded France 28 Aug 2014

BERLIN - After ramming austerity medicine down the throats of smaller euro zone countries for the past four years, Germany is showing clemency towards its closest ally, France. | Video

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Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday -minister 27 Aug 2014

PRAGUE - Germany will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State insurgents, with Chancellor Angela Merkel arguing Berlin had to act because hundreds of Germans had joined the insurgents.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. | Video