Germany began reconstruction of Berlin’s royal palace 63 years after the original was blown up by East Germany’s communist authorities, as ministers and the mayor brushed aside criticism of the project.
Chancellor Angela Merkel named Joachim Gauck, a pro-democracy activist from the former East Germany, as the unity candidate for the mainly ceremonial role of German president after the resignation of the incumbent amid corruption allegations.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany next week after Italy votes in a parliamentary election permeated by concerns about Germany’s influence in Europe.
Germany’s top court said a decision on whether to suspend legislation for the euro bloc’s permanent bailout fund and fiscal treaty could take months rather than weeks due to the complexity of the ruling.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been freed to focus on issues likely to shape her chances of a third term after changing sides to ensure the election of Joachim Gauck as the country’s 11th postwar president.
The yen remained stronger against the dollar after a three-day gain on signs Europe’s debt crisis is hurting growth and on bets Japan’s central bank will refrain from adding stimulus to temper the currency’s appreciation.