Jul 15, 2014

Why the U.S. is silent on its German spying

The White House has erected a wall of silence about being called out for spying on one of America’s closest allies. That reflects the embarrassment over the public spat with Germany and anger with Berlin for telling the world about U.S. intelligence programs. The ...

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Jun 5, 2014

German criminal probe examines Merkel phone tapping

Germany’s federal prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened an investigation over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by the U.S. National Security Agency. The long-anticipated probe, which follows an explosive allegation last year that U.S. spies had eavesdropped on Merkel’s mobile phone ...

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

May 1, 2014

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

Germany’s Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that the leading industrial powers would stand united on further sanctions against Russia if needed, despite Moscow’s threat to retaliate against foreign energy companies. Both are struggling to strike a balance between admonishing Moscow ...

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

Feb 5, 2014

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

U.S. intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 2002, NDR television reported Tuesday, adding fuel to the flames of a wider row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel and other high-profile world leaders. Schröder, the Social Democrat chancellor who served from 1998 ...

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Jan 20, 2014

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Germany’s new energy minister has outlined cuts in subsidies to producers of renewable energy as the country wrestles with soaring costs from its nuclear power exit, according to a document obtained Sunday. Opposition lawmakers and the solar energy sector have already criticized the reforms, ...

Merkel is handed third term as German chancellor

Dec 17, 2013

Merkel is handed third term as German chancellor

Germany’s parliament elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for a third term Tuesday, ending nearly three months of uncertainty since elections that forced her to seek a “grand coalition” with her rivals. Merkel, 59, set to govern Europe’s top economy for another four years, was ...

German party clears way for Merkel's third term

Dec 15, 2013

German party clears way for Merkel's third term

Germany’s main center-left party cleared the way on Saturday for Angela Merkel to start her third term as chancellor, announcing that its members had voted by a large majority to join the conservative leader in government. The ballot of the Social Democrats’ nearly 475,000 ...