German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at her Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday in a row over China policy that has highlighted rising tensions in the left-right coalition. On the day Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, took over as Vice-Chancellor, Merkel defended her decision to meet the Dalai Lama two months ago.
It may have brought the world aspirin, rocket science, quantum physics and the diesel engine, but Germany's days of scientific glory are long gone and it is now hunting for a new generation of Einsteins. Decades of underfunding and a distaste for the elitism nurtured by Nazis has means the world's third-largest economy is trailing its global competitors, causing concern among business leaders and provoking warnings from economists.
World leaders agreed on Friday a -billion pledge to fight HIV/Aids and other killer diseases ravaging Africa. ''The issue is now fixed. The text is agreed,'' a diplomat from a Group of Eight (G8) member country told Reuters on the final day of a summit of the club of industrialised nations.