Germany elections - updates

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Germany's Merkel battles to stay in power despite crisis

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader says she is 'very skeptical' about a minority government, stressing that Germany needed a stable government 'that does not need to seek a majority for every decision'

TRUMP MOMENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Humbled Merkel vows to win back hard-right voters

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Merkel says she would now seek exploratory talks on an alliance with two smaller parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the ecologist Greens

MERKEL. In this September 19, 2017 photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Weakened Merkel wins 4th term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force

FOURTH TERM. German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel (C) addresses supporters after exit poll results were broadcasted on public television at an election night event at the party's headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Voting begins at 0600 GMT in Europe's biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting surprises given Merkel's double-digit poll lead

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land sucker punch in key debate

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Polls following the 90 minute showdown give Merkel the clear edge over Schulz

Journalists watch a televised debate between German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor at a television studio in Berlin on September 3, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

'No mood for change', one month before Germany vote

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Will German Chancellor Angela Merkel secure a 4th term?

This file photo taken on October 24, 2016 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) at the start of a leadership meeting at the party's headquarter in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Erdogan slams German rebukes over election 'interference'

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months long crisis in ties between two NATO allies with deep historic links to a new level ahead of Germany s general election on September 24

This handout picture released by Turkish President's Press Office on August 19, 2017, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech as he attends a meeting of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Denizli. Turkish Presidential Press Office / AFP

Merkel in German campaign kick-off pledges full employment

Jul 03, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Merkel presents a program she said was focused on bolstering Germany s economic strength and social cohesion

PARTY PLATFORM. German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democrats party, Angela Merkel (L) and Horst Seehofer, leader of Bavarian sister Party CSU, present their parties' electoral programs for the September 24 parliamentary election during a press conference on July 3, 2017 in Berlin. John MacDougall/AFP

Merkel's party easily beats center-left in German state poll

Mar 27, 2017 - 10:12 AM

The vote in the tiny state on the French border which has a population of only one million is seen as a bellwether ahead of the September 24 general election

STATE WINNER. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for the state election in Saarland addresses supporters after exit poll results of the state election in Saarland were announced on public TV in Saarbrucken, south-western Germany on March 26, 2017. Arne Dedert / dpa /AFP

German state votes in election-year test for Merkel

Mar 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Although the state bordering France is home to just one million people its vote half a year before national elections is seen as a test of the Social Democrats rising fortunes

Germany's Social Democrats choose Schulz to challenge Merkel

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Martin Schulz: Starting now the fight begins to become the top party in the country and take over the chancellory

CHALLENGER. Former European parliament president and candidate for Chancellor of Germany's social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz greets delegates after his speech during the Congress of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), on March 19, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Turkey suspends top ties with Netherlands in escalating crisis

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:01 AM

Acrimony flares between Turkey and EU states – a standoff that risks affecting Ankara s entire relationship with Europe

CORDON. Anti-riot police vehicles form a blockade in a sealed off area surrounding the Dutch embassy (Rear C) on March 12, 2017 in Ankara, for 'security reasons' as a crisis escalated between Turkey and The Netherlands. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey warns 'fascist' Netherlands will pay in rally row

Mar 12, 2017 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the Dutch of behaving like fascists in their treatment of Turkish ministers

Turkish residents in the Netherlands waving Turkey's national flags take part in a gathering outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam on March 11, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Merkel's coalition at odds over next presidential candidate

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:25 AM

With German parties shifting into campaign mode presidential succession discussions have turned into a display of political power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits ahead of the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on October 26, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel braces for populist gains in Berlin elections

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:51 AM

UPDATED A wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees is expected to hit the hip multicultural capital

Election posters of the right extremist NPD (top) and the populist AfD parties for regional elections in Berlin are seen in Berlin's Schoeneweide district on August 15, 2016. Yann Schreiber/AFP

Merkel under pressure after poll defeat to anti-migrant party

Sep 05, 2016 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The xenophobic Alternative for Germany AfD clinched around 21 in its first bid for seats in the regional parliament of Mecklenburg Western Vorpommern

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party campaign on the eve of state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in Bad Doberan, eastern Germany, on September 3, 2016. Adam Berry / AFP

Merkel receives rousing pre-vote 'save the world' chorus

Sep 22, 2013 - 8:41 AM

Merkel s success in holding on to power with her current coalition hinges on the precarious fate of her FDP junior partners

INCUMBENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves during an election campaign event of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on September 21, 2013 in Stralsund, eastern Germany. AFP/John Macdougall

Low wages: The flip-side to Germany's economic miracle

Sep 15, 2013 - 3:13 PM

As many as 3 million people in Europe s top economy earn less than six euros 7 90 per hour meaning Germany has one of the biggest shares of low wages in Europe

FLYING HIGH. The flag of the Federal Republic of Germany flies on the roof of the Reichstag building in Germany on July 15, 2013. AFP / DPA / Soeren Stache