Merkel acknowledges mishandling of spymaster dispute

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, Sep 24 : Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday acknowledged public misgivings about her handling of a dispute over the future of Germany’s spymaster and said she would pour her energy into issues that matter more for Germans. The protracted row over the future of the head of the BfV intelligence […]

Merkel coalition slides into “permanent crisis mode” with spy row

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Sept 19 : A clumsy compromise to end a row over the fate of Germany’s spy chief has exposed a cruel fact: the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition are loveless partners in a dysfunctional relationship that none of them can afford to quit. The coalition leaders sought on Tuesday […]

Germany mulls fund to fend off Chinese tech takeovers -source

By Andrea Shalal and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Sept 19 : The German government is taking steps to counter a surge in Chinese bids for stakes in German technology companies, including the creation of a billion-euro fund that could rescue such firms in financial trouble, a government source told Reuters. Senior officials are also working on […]

Merkel coalition slides into “permanent crisis mode” with spy row

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Sept 19 : A clumsy compromise to end a row over the fate of Germany’s spy chief has exposed a cruel fact: the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition are loveless partners in a dysfunctional relationship that none of them can afford to quit. The coalition leaders sought on Tuesday […]

Germany mulls fund to fend off Chinese tech takeovers -source

By Andrea Shalal and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Sept 19 : The German government is taking steps to counter a surge in Chinese bids for stakes in German technology companies, including the creation of a billion-euro fund that could rescue such firms in financial trouble, a government source told Reuters. Senior officials are also working on […]

Germany committed over long-term to help Iraq rebuild-defence min

By Sabine Siebold TAJI, Iraq, Sept 16 : German forces will be needed in Iraq for a long time to help rebuild the country’s military as it struggles to ensure that Islamic State militants do not regroup in underground cells, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. Germany, which has about 125 […]