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The Latest: Merkel congratulates Kurz on Austria win

The Latest on Austria's election (all times local): 2 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she isn't "dramatically concerned" about differences on refugee policy after conservative leader Sebastian Kurz won … Click to Continue ...

Merkel: Strong result for Austria's FPO 'big challenge' for other parties

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that the strong showing of Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party (FPO) in Sunday's election was a "big challenge" for other parties.

Germany's Merkel suffers state vote setback as coalition talks loom

BERLIN/HANOVER (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) defeated Angela Merkel's conservatives in a vote in the northern state of Lower Saxony on Sunday, a setback for the chancellor as she prepares for tricky coalition talks at the national level this week.

Merkel's party seeks to win fourth German state in a year

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is aiming to unseat the incumbent center-left governor in Lower Saxony for a fourth straight victory in state elections this year. Sunday's vote in the … Click to Continue »

Merkel back at the polls before tough coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a regional vote test Sunday, after winning a fourth term with a disappointing showing that has forced her to embark on high-stakes coalition talks. Three weeks after German voters handed Merkel's...Show More Summary

State vote unlikely to give Merkel boost in German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - The north German state of Lower Saxony holds an election on Sunday that looks likely to hand the Social Democrats (SPD) a narrow victory, and deprive Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives of a boost in looming national coalition talks.

German minister sparks uproar with Muslim holiday idea

Conservatives in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition were in an uproar Saturday after one of her key allies floated the idea of a Muslim holiday in Germany. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said this week he was willing to discuss the possibility of introducing a Muslim holiday in parts of the country. Show More Summary

Germany's FDP does not expect coalition to form before Christmas

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior member of the pro-business Free Democrat (FDP) party that is likely to be a partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government said in a magazine interview he did not expect the coalition to form before the end of the year.

Merkel: EU progress possible even if some members opt out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union can move forward on contentious issues even if some member states opt out. In a weekly podcast released Saturday, Merkel cited defense … Click to Continue »

German official's proposal for Muslim holidays gets rejected

A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has been rebuked by his own political allies for suggesting that Germany might introduce public holidays to celebrate the Islamic religion. Interior … Click to Continue »

Macron confident future German govt won't oppose EU reforms

France's President Emmanuel Macron expressed confidence Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's potential coalition partners would not oppose his ambitious plans to reform the European Union. "Support for Europe is in the DNA of both the Greens and the FDP," Macron told Spiegel weekly in an interview to be published Saturday. Show More Summary

FDP's push to invite Putin to G7 sows discord within possible German coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), a possible partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government, has called for Russia to be invited to the next summit of the Group of Seven industrialized countries.

Karl Lagerfeld Draws Political Cartoon of Hitler Thanking Angela Merkel

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The designer blames the chancellor for the rise of the right-wing, populist party in Germany.

Party members in Europe may not actually vote for their candidates. Here’s what’s going on.

In Germany’s federal election last month, the Liberals (FDP) more than doubled their vote share to 10.7 percent. Post-election analysis has focused primarily on the losses of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the rise of the anti-immigration, new national conservative party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). There’s another story here — the CDU […]

As tricky coalition talks loom, Merkel hopes for regional poll boost

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chastened by their worst result since 1949 in September's national election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are hoping for victory in a regional vote on Sunday to strengthen their hand in thorny three-way coalition talks in Berlin.

State vote, coalition poker spell tough week for Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, freshly re-elected but with no clear majority, is hoping for a regional poll victory Sunday for her conservatives before she starts perilous coalition talks next week. After 12 years at the helm of the...Show More Summary

Germany registers fewer asylum seekers, on track for annual cap

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers registered in Germany fell in September and the annual total of new arrivals is unlikely to soar above the cap agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Bavarian allies last weekend, data showed on Wednesday.

Macron urges Merkel to fight for EU revival

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday pleaded his case for ambitious European reforms, appealing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to join forces with him and enter the debate. "If we are ready for common policies on security,...Show More Summary

Macron determined to engage Germany in debate on Europe reforms

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he is determined to engage Germany in a debate that he wants to push forward on European reforms, despite a cool initial response from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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

BERLIN (Reuters) - 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 need a detailed coalition deal, a senior Bavarian ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters.

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