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Germany shuts down seven reactors after Japanese tragedy

Germany shuts down seven reactors after Japanese tragedy

BERLIN/TOKYO/SENDAI – Germany announced on Tuesday the temporary shutdown of its seven oldest nuclear reactors while it conducts a safety probe in light of Japan’s atomic emergency. “We are launching a safety review of all nuclear reactors … with all reactors in operation since before the end of 1980 set to be idled for the period of the (three-month) moratorium,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
This covers seven of the 17 reactors in Germany, which decided a decade ago to be

Germany freezes bank account of Gaddafi’s son

BERLIN – Berlin said on Tuesday it was freezing a bank account held by a son of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi containing two million euros ($2.8 million). “Germany is working hand in hand with the European Union and is on the side of all those pressing for democracy and the rule of law,” Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said.
Contacted by AFP, the economy ministry declined to say which of Gaddafi’s sons was the account holder or to name the German bank concerned. The European

Germany, Britain back ‘severe’ sanctions on Libya

BERLIN – The leaders of Germany and Britain agreed on Saturday on the need for “severe” international sanctions to be imposed as quickly as possible on the Libyan regime, Berlin said. In a telephone conversation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on the need for urgent United Nations sanctions, the German government’s deputy spokesman, Christoph Steegmans, said in a statement.
The two leaders believe “the United Nations Security

Ex-coach backs Ballack to lead Germany again

BERLIN – With Germany set to face Italy in a friendly on February 9, ex-national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has backed Michael Ballack to lead his country again in their Euro 2012 campaign. Ballack made his comeback after four months off with a leg injury on Sunday in Leverkusen’s 3-1 win at Moenchengladbach in the German league.
The 34-year-old had a torrid time in 2010 as an ankle injury in May ruled him out of the World Cup in South Africa, only for him to then fracture his leg

Germany releases Rs 405m for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa schools

PESHAWAR – The Government of Germany, as a result of sincere and tireless efforts of Sardar Hussain Babak, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Education, has released Rs 405 million to the education department for the early reconstruction and repair of the schools devastated during the floods and terrorism in the province.
The provincial government is making every possible effort for the reconstruction and repair of the schools badly affected as a result of the devastating floods and

Joint statement – Germany to assist Pakistan in economy, trade sectors

ISLAMABAD – Germany and Pakistan have agreed to enhance cooperation in economic, trade and investment fields and to initiate a strategic dialogue to boost bilateral ties, said a joint statement issued here by the foreign office on Monday.
These developments were result of Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s visit to Pakistan on January 8th and 9th.
Westerwelle held meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Prime Minister Yusuf

US and Germany developing secret spy satellites: cable

OSLO – The US and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed on Monday.
The project, named HiROS, envisions the construction of an undetermined number of high-resolution observation satellites capable of spotting any object on the planet down to a size of just 50 centimetres (about 1.5 feet), according to classified cables from US embassy in Berlin leaked to

Merkel says Germany at war in Afghanistan

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday for the first time that German troops were fighting a war in Afghanistan, as she addressed them on a surprise visit to the country, reporters with her said.
Her office said that she had arrived in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan to meet German troops serving there ahead of the Christmas celebrations.
She then went on to Mazar-i-Sharif for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the US commander of international

Aguilera’s festive Germany trip

Christina Aguilera embraced the holiday spirit during her promotional trip to Germany this week by taking her new boyfriend on a romantic outing to a traditional Christmas market in Berlin.
The singer has been touring Europe to promote her new movie ‘Burlesque’, and after stops in London and Paris, she headed to Germany for another premiere. Aguilera’s new beau Matt Rutler has accompanied her on the trip and they took time out from work on Thursday to sightsee in Berlin.

Germany aggravated euro crisis: EIB, BIS

PARIS/BRUSSELS: Two leading international financial institutions faulted Germany for aggravating the euro zone crisis by spooking debt markets, but Berlin seems set to get its way at this week’s European Union summit.
EU leaders are not expected to announce new measures to ease market concerns about the region’s debt, though one source said intense efforts were being made behind the scenes to find ways to inoculate Spain early next year against the threat of contagion. The Bank

Major WikiLeaks donor under pressure in Germany

BERLIN: A major WikiLeaks donor is in trouble in Germany for not filing its accounts on time, but authorities insisted Tuesday this was unrelated to its ties to the under-fire whistle-blowing organisation.
The Wau Holland Foundation, which has reportedly transferred 750,000 euros (one million dollars) in donations from the public to WikiLeaks, has been sent a second reminder to file its 2009 accounts.
“But this has nothing to do with WikiLeaks,” Michael Conrad, a spokesman

Germany denies Merkel threatened to leave euro

BERLIN: Germany on Saturday categorically denied a British newspaper report that Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Berlin might leave the euro during a heated exchange at a summit of European Union leaders at the end of October. Citing non-German government figures at the Brussels meeting, daily The Guardian said Merkel made the comments following a dispute with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, who it said had accused her of making “undemocratic” proposals.
“If this is

Germany bans passenger flights from Yemen

BERLIN: Germany has extended a ban on air freight from Yemen to passenger flights, a transport ministry spokesman said Monday after parcel bombs posted in that country were found in US-bound cargo.
The spokesman told a regular government briefing that Germany had stepped up its emergency measures when it emerged that one of the parcel bombs had been routed via the western German city of Cologne. Germany is the first country to announce a ban on all flights from Yemen.

Germany attacks forced marriages

Germany’s cabinet Wednesday agreed new draft laws against forced marriages and tough measures against immigrants who fail to integrate into society, amid a fierce debate about immigration in the country.
Forcing someone into marriage will now be considered a criminal act in itself, punishable by up to five years in prison, under the legislation drawn up by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Previously, forced marriage had been considered under the law as a

Pakistan and Germany, growing together

Pakistan should learn from Germany and realize the power of unity, says Honorary Consul Anees ur Rehman,
“Germany and Pakistan have gone through strife regarding the situations in our respective countries, but together we must learn to grow together, and together we must share our experiences and learn from them”
Dr Michael Koch, German Ambassador
The German ambassador, on Wednesday, highlighted the need for Germany and Pakistan to grow together, in a