Merkel to fight another day after settling migration row

By Thomas Escritt and Madeline Chambers BERLIN, Jul 3 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives settled a row over migration that threatened to topple her fragile governing coalition late on Monday evening after talks with her rebellious interior minister led him to drop his threat to resign. Emerging after five hours of talks, Horst Seehofer, […]

Before summit, Merkel calls migration “make or break” for Europe

By Gabriela Baczynska and Noah Barkin BRUSSELS, June 28 : Under severe pressure from conservative allies at home, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on European leaders on Thursday to forge a common approach to migration, calling it a “make or break” issue for Europe. Merkel was speaking in the German parliament before a European Union […]

Merkel faces conservative rebellion over German migration policy

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN, June 12 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a rebellion over migrant policy on Tuesday that risks destabilising her coalition, just as she is pushing European Union partners to agree a common solution. Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis – which saw more than 1.6 million people arrive in Germany, starting […]

As support falls, German SPD sees “no Plan B” to Merkel coalition

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, Feb 17 : Support for Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the party’s leader-in-waiting said she had “no Plan B” should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkel’s conservatives. The SPD’s 464,000 members vote in a postal ballot beginning on Feb. 20 on whether […]

German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel

By Ayhan Uyanik VILSHOFEN, Germany, Feb 14 : Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) must seize the opportunity to reform the European Union in a new governing alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the party’s interim leader said on Wednesday in appealing to members to back their coalition deal. The SPD’s 464,000 members vote in a postal ballot […]