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German coalition talks drag on into third extra day

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The finish could be in sight, as senior members of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are set to huddle around midday to rake over the results

CDU HQ. Journalists wait outside the Christian Democrats (CDU) headquarters on February 6, 2018 in Berlin as negotiators from German chancellor's CDU, her Bavarian CSU ally and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) gather for one last push to clinch an agreement on a renewed 'grand coalition.' Kay Nietfeld/DPA/AFP

Merkel enters final stretch in coalition-building marathon

Feb 04, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The German conservatives and their center-left rivals sit down to form a government, aiming to prevent repeat elections that can see a further rise of the country's far-right

LEADER.German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to comment on the result of the presidential elections in the US on November 9, 2016 in Berlin. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany's center-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel

Jan 22, 2018 - 7:06 AM

The SPD's thumbs-up will come as a huge relief to Angela Merkel, staving off the threat of snap polls or the unappealing prospect of leading an unstable minority government

PARTY LEADERS. Martin Schulz (C), leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles (L) and Rhineland-Palatinate's State Premier Malu Dreyer (R) sing after delegates voted to begin formal coalition talks during an extraordinary SPD party congress in Bonn, western Germany, on January 21, 2018. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Merkel in last-ditch push for German coalition

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Along the way, negotiators need to compromise on policy differences – the SPD is seeking welfare gains while the conservatives are pushing for tax cuts as Germany's public coffers bulge

CHIT-CHAT. The leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk as they wait to be introduced to the German President during a New Year's reception at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin on January 9, 2018. John MacDougall/AFP

Anger brewing in Germany's SPD against Merkel power pact

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:21 PM

SPD chief Martin Schulz is deeply skeptical about another GroKo power pact, and aware much of his party base is openly hostile to another coalition

TORN. In this file photo, Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democrat SPD party, addresses journalists following a meeting with his party's leadership on December 4, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Germany's center-left torn over new power pact with Merkel

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Party leader Martin Schulz has asked his deeply divided SPD to give him the green light for exploratory talks on joining Merkel in another coalition government starting in early 2018

UNDECIDED YET. Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democrat SPD party, addresses journalists following a meeting with his party's leadership on December 4, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel urged to swiftly seal repeat coalition with SPD

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:13 AM

Angela Merkel has been scrambling to avert snap elections after arduous talks to form a new government with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left-leaning Greens broke down a week ago

SUCKING IT UP. This file photo taken on September 18, 2017 shows a placard on a boat featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her then challenger Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic party (SPD), drinking water with straws out of the Spree river and making its way past the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Pressure mounts on SPD to ease German political chaos

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Voices within and outside the SPD have grown louder in questioning Martin Schulz's decision and push for another election

IN LESS CHAOTIC TIMES. In this file photo, 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

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

Who will tango with Merkel? German poll battle heats up

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The battle over the make up of Merkel s fourth government would potentially impact Berlin policy on everything from immigration and Russia relations to climate

IN SESSION. General view shows a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 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

Merkel's party faces election dry run in bellwether German state

May 11, 2017 - 11:17 AM

13 1 million voters will cast ballots in North Rhine Westphalia NRW a sprawling industrial area with a big migrant population which has been a Social Democratic Party SPD stronghold for 17 years

CAMPAIGN STOP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an election rally in Haltern am See, western Germany on May 10, 2017. Marcel Kusch / dpa / 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

Ex EU parliament head Schulz to stand against Germany's Merkel

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The announcement comes after SPD party leader and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel surprised observers by saying he would step aside to make room for Schulz

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz arrive at a press conference at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin on January 24, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

'Affable' Berlusconi ally takes EU parliament top job

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:43 AM

Antonio Tajani snags the European Parliament s top job in a comeback of sorts for his mentor Silvio Berlusconi

The European Parliament's new President Antonio Tajani (C) is congratulate by members of European Parliament following his election in Strasbourg, eastern France, on January 17, 2017. Frederick Florin/AFP

Shocked EU tells Britain to leave quickly

Jun 24, 2016 - 6:37 PM

UPDATED We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible however painful that process may be EU chiefs say

Top EU leaders to meet day after Brexit vote – sources

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:54 PM

Britons will vote on June 23 whether to remain in the EU or leave with recent polls showing a swing in favor of the Brexit camp setting off alarm bells in European capitals

British UKIP leader Nigel Farage waves to reporters during the launch of a new poster campaign ahead of the EU referendum in Smith Square in London, Britain, June 16, 2016. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Saudi blogger wins Sakharov rights prize, sparking pardon calls

Oct 29, 2015 - 8:00 PM

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced Badawi to 1 000 lashes and 10 years in jail last year for insulting Islam sparking global outrage

#FREERAIF. Ensaf Haidar (center), wife of Saudia Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, calls for his release during a rally in Canada on January 2015. Photo from EPA/COLE BURSTON

Pakistan's Malala receives EU Sakharov rights prize

Nov 20, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Past winners of the 50 000 euro 68 000 prize also include South African anti apartheid hero Nelson Mandela and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan

BRAVE YOUNG WOMAN. Malala Yousafzai during the official opening of the Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, Britain, 03 September 2013. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga