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MERKEL TO GREECE: Painful Austerity First, Economic Growth Second

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is insisting that structural reforms can help Greece return to economic growth following a painful austerity drive. Merkel acknowledged in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio broadcast Sunday that spending cuts "indeed generally lead to the economy not being able to grow so much." However, she said there are plenty of examples of countries where International Monetary Fund programs have been implemented and "very strong phases of growth come after a certain phase of recession.
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Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

News : Yahoo! News: The Upshot (2 days ago)

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted. Read Post

Yes, Berlin has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Germany to forgive the NSA

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For politicians in Washington, the German uproar over allegations that the NSA had spied on Merkel and collected the data of millions of Germans was remarkable. The usually calm Chancellor Angela Merkel angrily rejected American exp... Read Post

Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

News : Yahoo! News: The Upshot (yesterday)

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to ... Read Post

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