Germany ready to dilute austerity medicine for reform-minded France


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


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.

Germany steps up fight against far right after neo-Nazi murders 27 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Germany has drafted legislation to help prevent a repeat of a racist murder spree by a neo-Nazi cell in 2011, giving a bigger role to federal prosecutors and allowing courts to focus more on xenophobic motives.


Senegalese WHO doctor with Ebola arrives for treatment in Germany 27 Aug 2014

HAMBURG - A Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working for the World Health Organisation (WHO)in Sierra Leone arrived in Hamburg on Wednesday for treatment at a tropical medicine unit, becoming Germany's first patient with the disease.


Uber eyes aggressive expansion in Germany despite bans 27 Aug 2014

FRANKFURT - U.S. car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities like Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis.

Only one in six German Mittelstand firms say standoff with Russia hurting them 26 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Only one in six of the small- or medium-sized firms that make up the backbone of Germany's economy say the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine is hurting their business, a survey by consultants EY showed on Tuesday.


German anti-euro party set for gains in eastern votes 26 Aug 2014

FREITAL Germany - The Alternative for Germany (AfD) looks set to win its first seats in a German state parliament as it evolves from a single-issue eurosceptic party into a law-and-order movement that could chip away at Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative hegemony.


Germany will back Spain's de Guindos as Eurogroup head - Merkel 25 Aug 2014

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Spain - Germany will back Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as the next head of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, replacing the Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.


French economy minister urges alternative to German austerity 24 Aug 2014

PARIS - The time has come for France to resist Germany's "obsession" with austerity and promote alternative policies across the euro zone that support household consumption, firebrand French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said on Sunday.

Merkel says arming Iraqi Kurds is significant, if risky, step 24 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Germany's decision to send weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq is a significant, if risky, step for a country slowly taking on a bigger role on the world stage, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.


Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

KIEV/BRUSSELS - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. | Video