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German Chancellor Merkel to walk Spanish pilgrimage with PM Rajoy

Santiago De Compostela - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is gearing up for a hike in the next few days, when she will join Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for at least part of the famous "Camino de Santiago" (Way of St James) pilgrimage in north-western Spain.

This Lukas Podolski selfie is the best photo from World Cup 2014

Moments after winning the 2014 World Cup, German forward Lukas Podolski snapped one of the most memorable selfies in sports history. Podolski posted on his Twitter account a photo of fellow German player Bastian Schweinsteiger kissing his cheek.

Op-Ed: U.S. German spy scandal — less obvious problems for NSA

Berlin - The recent finding of two U.S. agents in Germany has set off a true catfight, but one which is raging beneath the surface in reality. Germany found a double agent in its ranks, then identified a US operative in Germany.

Op-Ed: Germany boosts economic ties with China

Beijing - Angela Merkel the German Chancellor is making her seventh visit to China since 2005. With Merkel are important German business people.

Der Spiegel article analyzes NSA spying in Germany

Berlin - The German news outlet Der Spiegel has a recent interview with a lawyer for whistleblowers and an attorney who represents Edward Snowden about NSA spying in Germany and NSA's relations with the German intelligence service (BND}.

Op-Ed: Understatement uber alles? Merkel says big gap with US over NSA

Berlin-m - In what may well be a model of understatement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany and the US are “still far apart” on the subject of NSA surveillance. There’s a lot unsaid in her statement, and it’s worth a look.

Snowden still sleeps well despite death threats — new interview

Moscow - Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, last week gave an interview to German broadcaster ARD, broadcast on German television Sunday evening. In the interview, Snowden claims the NSA indulged in widespread industrial espionage.

U.S. German no-spy agreement appears doomed

Berlin - The U.S. has a "Special Collection Service" (SCS) that is operational in Berlin as well as other locations. The SCS is an elite group run by U.S. intelligence agencies NSA and the CIA.

Obama invites Merkel to U.S. after NSA spying row

New York - In a telephone call Wednesday, US President Barack Obama invited German chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington, reportedly to mend ties between the two historic allies following the straining of relationships on the NSA spying row.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel injured in ski accident

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been injured in a skiing accident during a holiday in Switzerland. She has apparently suffered a hairline fracture to her pelvis during cross country skiing.

Op-Ed: Putin world’s most powerful person — Forbes

Sydney - Vladimir Putin can’t be called a popularity seeker, but Forbes rates him as the most powerful man in the world, followed by Barack Obama and Xi Jingping. Pope Francis came in fourth, followed by Angela Merkel and Bill Gates.

Op-Ed: In defense of NSA spying on allies

In all the global brouhaha over United States spying on some of its closest allies, what seems to be overlooked is the fact that some of our closest allies are also spying on us.

Merkel demands explanation from Obama about alleged phone tapping

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel phoned President Barack Obama on Wednesday to demand an "immediate and comprehensive" explanation for alleged US spying on her mobile phone communications.

Angela Merkel wins third term as German chancellor

Berlin - Angela Merkel has won a third term in Sunday's election (Sept. 22) . The Conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) together with the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) together polled about 42 per cent of the vote in exit polls.

Semi-naked German man has four-hour party on Angela Merkel's jet

Cologne - German authorities are investigating how a man was able to spend four hours on July 25 partying in his underwear on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's private jet.

Angela Merkel rejects ECB findings on German wealth

Berlin - "Be careful: Statistics are misleading:" The response of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Central Bank (ECB) survey which placed Germany at the bottom of the list of the euro zone's wealthiest households.

Anti-euro Alternative for Germany party officially launched

Berlin - A new political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD) was launched in Berlin on April 14. The party's key manifesto is the "orderly dissolution of the euro currency zone."

Germany considers new property taxes for EU bailouts

Berlin - Germany is mulling new ways to raise finances to prop up the euro currency. Advisers to German Chancellor Angela Merkel are suggesting the weaker economies of southern Europe should levy property and asset taxes, to support future bailouts.

Angela Merkel nude photos go viral

It wasn't enough that photographs of German Chancellor Angela Merkel clad in a black bathing suit appeared in the morning press. Now photos of a naked young Merkel strolling along a beach have emerged.

Film director arrested for violating Greek flag with German boot

Renowned Greek film director Dimitris Collatos (Δημήτρης Κολλάτος) was arrested by police on Wednesday for hoisting a Greek flag depicting a German army boot descending on Greece in a lake of blood, from his balcony.

Cyprus banks reopen

Banks in Cyprus have now reopened for business after being closed since March 16., though the Cypriot stock exchange remains closed. Draconian capital controls are in place to prevent a bank run.

Poll shows Germans don't trust Merkel with their bank deposits

A new poll shows that over half of Germans do not trust German Chancellor Angela Merkel's promises regarding the safety of their bank deposits.

Spain's El Pais retracts Merkel comparison to Hitler

Spanish newspaper El Pais has retracted an article which unflatteringly compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler.

Cyprus votes no to German blackmail, turns to Russia

Nicosia - Cyprus has voted no to the proposed bank deposit tax levy, labeling it as blackmail. As the small island nation defied Germany the Cypriot president was in talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Merkel tells Cyprus to only negotiate with Troika

As banks across Cyprus remain closed for business and ATMs fail to produce euro notes, reports indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is clearly at the helm, forbidding Cyprus to negotiate with other interested parties beyond the Troika.

Op-Ed: Cypriots protest financial diktats from the Fourth Reich

Nicosia - Cypriot protestors tore down the German flag from atop the German Embassy in Nicosia on Monday evening, amid demonstrations against the depositors tax levy which Cypriots blame on Germany.

Brussels enforces bailout levy on Cypriot bank deposits

Cypriot depositors queued to withdraw cash from the nation's ATMs as it was announced that an unprecedented tax levy will be applied to all bank deposits from Tuesday. ATMs have now run out of money. Bank runs are anticipated when the banks re-open.

Angela Merkel asks Germans to vacation in Greece

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked her fellow Germans to take their vacations in Greece, as she presided over the inauguration of Berlin's International Tourism Fair.

John Kerry and German Foreign Minister make free trade a priority

Berlin - After his visit to the UK yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry made a stop in Berlin.He met briefly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, making transatlantic free trade a top priority.

Merkel's conservatives to change course on gay rights

Berlin - Angela Merkel's conservatives are considering reversing course on the rights of gay couples, in view of a constitutional court ruling that found that gays should be allowed to adopt a child of their partner and that the current ban was unconstitutional.
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Angela Merkel and her delegation ride an electric vehicle during a visit to the FAW-Volkswagen plant in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on July 6, 2014
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel skiing in Switzerland.
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On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions against Russia. It’s anticipated they hit the major sectors of Russian economy after the most influential Russian top-managers and business owners have been banned from doing business in the U.S. It is also expected that the EU will join its Western ally in punishing Russia for building up a fire of the civil confrontation in Ukraine
The third round of sanctions against Russia: does it really so painful for German economy?
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon - visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 12.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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