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The political impasse in Germany

Angela Merkel, who has been elected chancellor of Germany for three successive terms, suffered a setback that was described as a "nightmare victory". Photo: AFP Federal elections to parliament-the Bundestag-were held in Germany on 24 September. It has been 11 weeks but no government has been formed


Germany: SPD agrees to talks to end coalition impasse

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to talks with their former coalition partners, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU). Mrs Merkel has been unable to form a coalition since a September election. Attempts to form a government fell apart last month af


Martin Schulz seeks backing for grand coalition to end Germany crisis

Martin Schulz has become a potential kingmaker despite delivering his party's worst national election result since the second world war. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images SPD leader faces critical party conference as he attempts to backtrack on warning that rejoining Angela Merkel in gov


The Latest: German Social Democrats back talks on government

BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on efforts to form a new government in Germany (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats have agreed to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least support a mino


German Chancellor Angela Merkel's rival pushes for concessions to unlock her fourth term

BERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - Germany's Social Democratic leader asked his party to open the door to coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying it's worth exploring how far she'll go to accommodate its demands on European policy and a fair society. SPD chairman Martin Schulz couched his appeal in


Germany Wants to Break From US on Foreign Policy, Take Europe With It

Imagine this: You had a charismatic friend through your teens and 20s. He wasn't your best friend, but he was a close friend. But as the two of you aged into your 30s, you grew apart. And you allowed this to happen because your friend embarrassed you sometimes, and your mutual friends felt the same


Breakingviews - France and Germany look too alike to bond markets

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - In some parts of the financial market, it's as if the euro zone debt crisis never happened. The gap between benchmark French and German bond yields this week shrank to its smallest since 2009, before the countries that share the single currency were hit by financial


Several People Injured After Trains Collide Near German City of Duesseldorf

Damaged carriages are pictured at the site of train crash in Meerbusch west of Duesseldorf, Germany December 5, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Feuerwehr Meerbusch via REUTERS Several people were injured in a train crash on Tuesday near the German city of Duesseldorf, fire departmen


Angela Merkel told to let in refugees' families as price of coalition

Members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats aired differences Tuesday over whether to renew their governing coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, while the right of migrants to bring relatives to Germany resurfaced as a potential sticking point. The asylum seeker family reunifi


Trump a top concern for Germans: Poll

US President Donald Trump (photo by AFP) German people find US President Donald Trump a bigger challenge to Germany than all but one other problem faced by Germany, a poll finds out. The results of a survey carried out by the Koerber Foundation in October and published by Reuters on Tuesday cited re


German pilots ground 222 flights after refusing to deport asylum seekers

German pilots have grounded more than 220 flights because they were being used to deport failed asylum seekers. Many of the pilots involved said they wanted no part in sending people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces. Germany h


Angela Merkel says Islam is 'not the source of terrorism'

German chancellor renews calls for Islamic religious authorities to speak 'clear words on the demarcation of peaceful Islam and terrorism in the name of Islam' Samuel Osborne Islam itself is not the source of terrorism and it is critical to include Muslim countries in the fight against Islamist terr


Pilots across Germany have been refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers

Two years after German chancellor Angela Merkel opened up her nation's doors to refugees, mostly Syrians coming in through the Balkan route, the far right appears to be rising in Germany, and Angela Merkel's hold on the country seems to be slipping. But the country is not ready to turn its back on r


Desperate Angela Merkel to buckle to save political skin as SPD agrees to talks

ANGELA Merkel has entered into talks with her old ally - the Social Democrat party - in a bid to forge a coalition to maintain her grip on power. GettyAngela Merkel has entered into talks with her old ally- martin Schulz of the Social Democrat party And the desperate Chancellor is likely to make he


German political impasse weighs on services sector growth in Nov: PMI

BERLIN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - - German services sector growth slowed to a three-month low in November, a survey showed on Tuesday, as a political impasse following Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to form a new three-way coalition clouded the outlook for business. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gest


Germany offers rejected asylum seekers up to 3,000 to go home before March

The German Interior Ministry is offering rejected asylum seekers a hefty bonus to go to their country of origin voluntarily rather than face deportation. This is a new effort to turn back the refugee tide brought on by Angela Merkel's "open door" policy. The offer is intended to supplement the exist


Victims and family members of Berlin Christmas market jihad attack blast Merkel

The family members of the 12 murdered victims from last December's Christmas terror attack, which included the Israeli Dalia Elyakim, published a blistering open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Der Spiegel magazine on Friday, accusing her government of deeply flawed anti-terrorism polic


Here's How Germany is Dealing with Angela Merkel's Failed Immigration Policies

It's an undeniable fact that Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, also known as Mutti Merkel (Mother of Refugees), is one of the persons accountable for European Union's (failed) open borders policies. The thing is, back in 2015, Chancellor Merkel took the decision to open-wide Germany's borders and


Nightmare for Merkel as sister party backs hardline right-winger ahead of coalition talks

ANGELA Merkel faces a tough time in government after a power grab in her Bavarian sister party brought a right-winger to its helm. Getty Horst Seehofer, the leader of Mrs Merkel's Bavarian sister party the CSU, admitted defeat in a long-running power struggle on Monday afternoon. Mr Seehofer agreed


Future German Government Needs to Answer Some Tough Questions About Its Future in EU

After the elections in Germany, each political party declared itself as a winner in its own terms. Two months later, as the negotiations about forming the government keep reaching a dead end, the same state of mind dominates the ongoing conversation, where everyone seems like a losing side. Chancell