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Britain operating spy post from Berlin embassy: Snowden files

Britain has been operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy, a stone’s throw from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, the Independent newspaper claimed on Tuesday. The report said Britain’s electronic eavesdropping centre GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) appeared to be using high-tech equipment on the embassy roof to intercept…

Merkel, party win stunning parliamentary election victory in Germany

A stunning election triumph has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the apex of her power, humiliated foes and old allies alike, and rung in what one newspaper dubbed “the era of Merkelism”. The strongest conservative poll result in two decades was a thundering popular endorsement for the leader who…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizes ‘out-of-sync’ EU Syria statements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticised the timing of European Union members’ out-of-sync statements calling for a “strong” response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime. With the United States seeking to rally international support for punitive strikes on Syria in the wake of what it…

Man on Ecstasy parties in his underwear for hours on Angela Merkel’s empty jet

A man in his underwear evaded police for hours on a jet intended for use by German chancellor Angela Merkel in the German city of Cologne last month. According to the magazine Der Spiegel, the man was tripping on the drug MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) as he danced on…

German chancellor Angela Merkel to make historic visit to Nazis’ Dachau camp

Angela Merkel will become the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau as she steps up warnings about the far-right threat while campaigning for a third term. Ahead of an evening election rally in Dachau, northwest of Munich, Merkel will arrive at the memorial at 1645…

Merkel cancels election rally after hostage taking in German city of Ingolstadt

MUNICH (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to cancel an election rally in the southern German city of Ingolstadt on Monday after a man took several people hostage in the town hall hours before she was due to speak. Police said they were in contact by telephone with…

German Pirate Party wins seats in regional vote as Merkel allies slide

By Kate Millar BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party received an electoral boost Sunday in a regional vote which also handed her coalition allies a big defeat ahead of national elections in 2013. In the first of three quick-fire votes in eight weeks, the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP)…

Wen says China has no intention to ‘buy Europe’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday the Asian giant had neither the ability nor the intention to “buy Europe”, amid concerns over growing Chinese investment in debt-stricken eurozone economies. China is “willing to cooperate with Europe to fight the current crisis. Some people say this means China wants to buy…

Time for women to rise up, urges Desmond Tutu

DAVOS, Switzerland — After the uprisings in the Arab world, South Africa’s veteran Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said Wednesday it was now time for women to have their revolution and banish men to the margins. Speaking at a gathering of the world’s political and financial elite in Davos, the vast…

Merkel to meet IMF chief in euro crisis flurry

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to meet IMF chief Christine Lagarde here later Tuesday for talks set to focus on Greece as it races to reduce its debt in a bid to secure more aid. A day after Merkel hosted French President Nicholas Sarkozy for their first tete-a-tete of…

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