Thomas Escritt

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3 Jun 2019 | 7:24 PM

Factbox: From Marx to Nahles - The rise and fall of Germany's SPD

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), which helped shape modern Germany under a series of renowned chancellors, is facing one of the deepest crises in its history.

21 May 2019 | 4:04 PM

Don't play that song for me: anthem plan highlights German divisions

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bodo Ramelow, premier of the eastern state of Thuringia, thinks it might be time for a new national anthem for a reunited Germany.

18 Apr 2019 | 11:18 PM

Polish MP calls for new push for WW2 reparations from Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Poland should follow Greece in stepping up pressure on Germany to pay billions of euros in damages for Nazi occupation during World War Two, a lawmaker in charge of Warsaw's reparations campaign said on Thursday.

3 Apr 2019 | 8:18 PM

Let victims speak, German child abuse inquiry says

BERLIN (Reuters) - A girl on an East German cooperative farm beaten by her father, then raped and traded for sex by her brother. An emotionally troubled boy undressed in "counseling sessions" by a priest at his boarding school. A swimmer abused by his instructor.

1 Feb 2019 | 9:49 PM

'Farewell to Facebook', bids Germany's retiring Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel took another step in her stage-managed exit from politics on Friday, posting a video to announce the closure of her Facebook page after stepping down as head of her party.

18 Jan 2019 | 12:46 AM

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights - rights group

BERLIN (Reuters) - Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even investigate suspected war crimes, global pressure group Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

12 Dec 2018 | 1:49 AM

Putin's Stasi identity card discovered in German archives

BERLIN (Reuters) - The identity card, issued more than three decades ago by East Germany's Stasi secret police, would be of little interest were it not for the name of the man staring out: Vladimir Putin.

30 Nov 2018 | 2:19 AM

Ukrainian leader says Putin wants his whole country, asks for NATO help

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations.

16 Nov 2018 | 8:41 PM

German far-right leader attacks media over donations scandal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Alice Weidel, co-leader of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), on Friday accused media that uncovered evidence of large, unexplained donations to her party of seeking to discredit her.

9 Nov 2018 | 9:33 PM

German conservatives pitch for women's vote in Merkel succession

BERLIN (Reuters) - The two frontrunners to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader pitched for the support of women in the party on Friday after polling showed that views of Germany's first female chancellor differed markedly by gender.