Tag Archives: Angela Merkel

A victory for the left as Germany adopts minimum wage

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On July 3, Germany moved towards introducing a legally binding national minimum wage set at €8.5 an hour.

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Obama’s record on surveillance is a black mark against his legacy

Barack Obama’s approach to surveillance is now regarded as one of the primary issues facing campaigners for civil liberties.

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German Election Analysis: left parties struggle against centrism of Angela Merkel

Polls show that Angela Merkel is favourite to win the German Federal Election. The left is struggling to gain ground against Merkel’s pragmatic centrism.

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Inequality is back on the agenda in Germany

Inequality is on the increase in Germany but unions are fighting back and the social democrats may yet win the election later this year.

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Everyone blames Cameron for leading Europe’s disastrous austerity drive

The course of the failed EU budget negotiations have revealed David Cameron’s quasi-Thatcherite negotiating style, enjoyed by Ms Merkel but not by many others.

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Comment: Hollande wades into choppy waters over Europe

Francois Hollande’s promises have become a reality of more of the same, with poll ratings sliding and division within the French Socialist party.

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As Spanish bond yields break 7%, the eurozone banking deal begins to unravel

A week ago, Spain secured an advantageous bank deal to drive down soaring bond yields: today, Spanish securities broke the 7% threshold. What’s gone wrong?

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After Italy and Spain play hardball, Europe is a step closer to issuing eurobonds

At an overnight EU summit on the debt crisis, Monti and Rajoy face Germany down, securing direct access to bailout funds for struggling banks.

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Hollande and Merkel move closer – but remain divided on solution to euro crisis

François Hollande flexed his political muscles last night at the EU summit in Brussels with a call to support Spain and Italy in their time of financial crisis.

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G20: Is Obama drawing a line between his approach and Cameron & Merkel’s austerity?

In the G20 Leaders Declaration at the Los Cabos summit in Mexico, has Barack Obama contrasted his approach to the austerity of David Cameron and Angela Merkel.

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