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Germany's Merkel makes coalition government deal

BERLIN, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Germany's two largest political parties will enter into a grand bargain coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel still at the helm, officials said.

Spain's double-edged recovery

MADRID, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Spanish economy, after five terrible years that saw unemployment reach 27 percent, is starting slowly and bumpily to recover. Exports are currently growing at an annual rate of seven percent.
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Divided Europe veers between urgent growth and bleak austerity

BRUSSELS, May 17 (UPI) -- European Union leaders are increasingly split on the way forward for the 27-nation EU amid fears of a deeper recession and more demands on taxpayer funds for bailouts of troubled member states.

EU mulls tougher stand on tax dodgers

BRUSSELS, April 5 (UPI) -- The European Union's promise of a vigorous crackdown on tax dodgers in the aftermath of an unpopular Cyprus bailout is unlikely to stem the outflow of capital from the West's interconnected financial networks to areas still beyond easy reach of European law.

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Merkel: Euro debt crisis 'far from over'

Merkel: Euro debt crisis 'far from over'

BERLIN, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The eurozone debt crisis is "far from over," even as reforms begin to show results, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks to be broadcast Monday.

Samaras accuses ministers of dirty dealing

BRUSSELS, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accused eurozone finance ministers and other officials of dirty dealing in refusing to unlock long-delayed emergency aid.

Greek troika talks stall ahead of summit

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Talks between Greece and international creditors stalled despite smiles after Greek negotiators snubbed new labor reforms and wage cuts, some negotiators said.

Germany opposes ECB regulatory plan

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned that a plan to include 6,000 European banks under authority of one regulator is impractical.

Asia markets fall after ECB backpedals

FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Asian markets fell Friday ahead of European trading after Europe's chief central banker demanded eurozone leaders seek bailout funds before his bank intervenes.
The euro at bay -- again

The euro at bay -- again

PARIS, July 30 (UPI) -- You know a crisis is about to burst open when U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner flies in unexpectedly to meet German and European financial officials.
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Germany's triple-A credit rating in danger

BERLIN, July 24 (UPI) -- Germany's triple-A credit rating was threatened Tuesday amid fears it will be pulled down by Spain, which analysts said was near needing a full-scale bailout.
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Wolfgang Schaeuble
BER2000011803 - 18 JANUARY 2000 - BERLIN, GERMANY: German Christian Democratic Party leader Wolfgang Schaeuble at a press conference after a meeting of the party board, January 18. Former German Chancellor and honorary chairman of the CDU, Helmut Kohl, resigned after the party demanded he clear up a financial scandal or quit. Kohl is accused of accepting illegal secret funds for his work in the CDU and decided to resign rather than reveal the identities of the donors. rg/rg/Carsten Koall UPI

Wolfgang Schäuble (born 18 September 1942) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), currently serving as the Federal Minister of Finance in the Second Cabinet Merkel.

From 1984 to 1991 he was a member of Helmut Kohl's cabinet, first as Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany and Chief of the Chancellery and then as Federal Minister of the Interior. Between 1991 and 2000, he was chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the parliament, and from 1998 to 2000 also CDU party chairman. He served again as Federal Minister of the Interior in the First Cabinet Merkel from 2005 to 2009.

Schäuble was born in Freiburg im Breisgau as the son of a tax finance advisor. After completing his Abitur in 1961, Schäuble studied law and economics in Freiburg im Breisgau and Hamburg, which he completed in 1966 and 1970 by passing the First and Second State Examinations respectively, becoming a fully qualified lawyer.

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