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 ...

Stasi legacy gives Germans different view on NSA spying

Nov 19, 2013

Stasi legacy gives Germans different view on NSA spying

German officials have been quick to ascribe the fury of their citizens over U.S. spying to their own history with the excesses of the surveillance state. But victims of the fearsome communist East German secret police say: not so fast. Allegations that the National ...

Nov 3, 2013

U.S., Germany reportedly reach agreement not to snoop on each other

Germany and the United States are to strike a two-way deal not to spy on each other in the wake of the diplomatic furore sparked by National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations, a German newspaper reported. A delegation of German chancellery and ...

Obama unaware as U.S. spied on Merkel: officials

Oct 28, 2013

Obama unaware as U.S. spied on Merkel: officials

The imbroglio over the tapping of Angela Merkel’s phone deepened Sunday, after a U.S. denial that President Barack Obama was informed years ago of electronic surveillance of the German chancellor. As a sense of betrayal spread in European capitals about spying activities conducted on ...

Obama 'aware of Merkel spying since 2010': media

Oct 27, 2013

Obama 'aware of Merkel spying since 2010': media

U.S. President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted U.S. intelligence sources as saying that ...

Merkel says eavesdropping case has shattered allies' trust in Washington

Oct 25, 2013

Merkel says eavesdropping case has shattered allies' trust in Washington

European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship. The latest revelations that ...