Germany may not agree new coalition until next year – Merkel ally

By Andreas Rinke and Paul Carrel BERLIN, Oct 10 : Germany may need to wait until next year for a new government as the three blocs trying to form an alliance are so far apart they will need a deeply detailed coalition deal, a senior Bavarian ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters. Alexander […]

Young German conservatives call for change after election losses

By Andreas Rinke DRESDEN, Germany, Oct 7 : The youth wing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives said on Friday the bloc had a credibility problem on migration and needed “new faces” after suffering big losses in the Sept. 24 national election. Merkel won a fourth term in office, but her Christian Democrats (CDU) and […]

Chastened Merkel faces pressure to embrace Macron on Europe

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, Oct 1 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure at the weekend to embrace ideas by French President Emmanuel Macron in a passionate appeal for closer European cooperation and push back in looming coalition talks against parties critical of them. Merkel has praised a speech Macron gave in Paris last week, […]

Wounded But Still Standing – Angela Merkel’s Bittersweet Victory

Battered and wounded, Angela Merkel wins her fourth term as Chancellor, only to now rule over a bitter, divided and polarized Germany. By Kal K Korff German Chancellor Angela Merkel won her history tying record fourth consecutive term in office, which will be her last. She now goes down in history tied alongside Helmut Kohl […]

Germany’s FDP look to fill Schaeuble’s big shoes

By Noah Barkin BERLIN, Sept 29 : Wolfgang Schaeuble’s decision to step aside as German finance minister has given the Free Democratic Party what it has long craved: the chance to shape policy from the most coveted perch in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next coalition government. However the opportunity also presents the party with a conundrum. […]

Feeling left out, under threat, east Germans rebel with far-right vote

By Michelle Martin DIPPOLDISWALDE, Germany, Sept 28 : Like a third of his neighbours in the east German town of Dippoldiswalde, Rene Rothe voted for the far right in last Sunday’s election. The biggest concern for the 57-year-old milk farmer was migrants – especially if they drain government funds. “There’s loads of refugees here in […]