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Germany begins formal inquiry of NSA phone tapping

Germany begins formal inquiry of NSA phone tapping

BERLIN, June 4 (UPI) --A formal inquiry into whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel's telephone was tapped by the U.S. National Security Agency will soon begin.
Ed Adamczyk
A poisoned chalice in Paris

A poisoned chalice in Paris

PARIS, April 7 (UPI) -- There are three answers to the question: what should we expect from the new French government led by the former minister of the interior Manuel Valls.
Martin Walker

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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 7, 2014.
By United Press International
Pardoned Russian oil tycoon met by son in Germany

Pardoned Russian oil tycoon met by son in Germany

BERLIN, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The eldest son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky has flown to Germany to meet his father, a former Russian oil tycoon pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.

Merkel -- Reigning or ruling?

PARIS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Germany's new coalition government threatens to leave Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's dominant politician, reigning rather than ruling in her homeland after the opposition Social Democrats extracted a stiff price for their support.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
By United Press International

Merkel: The dark side

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The adulation and euphoria surrounding Angela Merkel's re-election success is getting out of hand. The curse of the third term now lies in wait.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
By United Press International

Germans lawmakers reject minimum wage

BERLIN, April 26 (UPI) -- German lawmakers have rejected a proposal to establish a minimum wage for the nation's workers.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 7, 2013.
By United Press International

Nord Stream touted as EU savior

VYBORG, Russia, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Europe can't position itself as a major global competitor without securing natural gas from Russia, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
By United Press International
It's France, not Greece

It's France, not Greece

PARIS, June 18 (UPI) -- The more that France and Germany dispute economic strategy, the weaker this divided Europe will be and the more difficult to save the euro.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, center, arrives at the White House with his escort on June 27, 2005. Schroeder is meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder ( ( listen); 7 April 1944) is a German politician, and was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. A member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), he led a coalition government of the SPD and the Greens. Before becoming a full-time politician, he was a lawyer, and before becoming Chancellor he served as Premier of Lower Saxony (1990–1998). Following the 2005 federal election, which his party lost, after three weeks of negotiations he stood down as Chancellor in favour of Angela Merkel of the rival Christian Democratic Union. He is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG, after having been hired as a global manager by investment bank Rothschild.

Schröder was born in Mossenberg, today an outlying centre of Blomberg, in what is now North Rhine-Westphalia. His father Fritz Schröder, a lance corporal in the Wehrmacht, was killed during World War II in action in Romania on 4 October 1944, a few months after Gerhard's birth. His mother Erika worked as an agricultural laborer in order to support herself and her two sons.

Schröder completed an apprenticeship in retail sales in a Lemgo hardware shop from 1958 to 1961, then worked in a retail shop in Lage and after that as an unskilled construction worker and a sales clerk in Göttingen while studying at night school to gain a high school diploma. He did not have to do military service because his father had died in the war. In 1966, Schröder secured entrance to a university, passing the Abitur exam at Westfalen-Kolleg, Bielefeld. From 1966 to 1971 he studied law at the University of Göttingen. From 1972 onwards, Schröder served as an assistant at the university. In 1976, he passed his second law examination and worked as a lawyer until 1990.

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