Thousands rally in Berlin to protest NSA Internet surveillance

BERLIN, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Thousands of Germans opposed to government surveillance of Internet users gathered in Berlin over the weekend in the largest anti-spying protest of its kind.

Nuclear plants' lifespan focus of talks

BERLIN, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The German government said scheduled talks will focus on improving the lifespan of nuclear power plants and using reactor funds to aid renewable energies.

Germany won't shy away from Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Germany has pleaded to stay the course in Afghanistan after three of its security officers were killed Wednesday in a terrorist attack.

Killing to threaten Turkey's EU bid?

ANKARA, Turkey, April 19 (UPI) -- Turkey's hopes to become a European Union member are being undermined, particularly after the killing of three employees from a Christian publishing house.

German judge puts Koran above law

BERLIN, March 23 (UPI) -- A German judge has been removed from office for citing the Koran in turning down a woman's request for a quick divorce because of domestic violence.

Belarus leader wants to learn from Europe

BERLIN, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko called on Europe to approach his isolated country, saying Minsk was ready to learn from the democratic West.

Head scarf affair in Germany

BERLIN, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The German government has sided with a Turkish-born opposition lawmaker who received death threats after she called on Muslim women to drop the head scarf.

Berlin urges Belarus to release politician

BERLIN, April 27 (UPI) -- A top politician of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has called for the immediate release of an opposition politician in Belarus.

Party re-elects Merkel with large majority

BERLIN, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Angela Merkel on Tuesday by a near total majority got re-elected as head of the combined CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

Ronald Pofalla (born May 15, 1959 in Weeze) is a German politician, currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and a Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the Second Cabinet Merkel.

From 2004 to 2005 he was deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU's parliamentary group in the Bundestag, and served as the Secretary General of the CDU from 2005 to 2009, when he was appointed to cabinet, succeeding Thomas de Maizière as Chief of Staff.

Pofalla studied social pedagogy at the Fachhochschule in Kleve. After finishing with a Diplom in 1981 he studied law at the University of Cologne. In 1991 he passed the second Staatsexamen. Since that time Pofalla has been licensed to work as a lawyer.

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