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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German
Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany’s global role and raised questions about her political future.
Merkel warns of big obstacles in way of forming coalition govt.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that there are still “big obstacles” in the way of forming a “grand coalition” between her conservatives and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany.
Merkel 'optimistic' in new bid to end political impasse
Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced optimism as she opened talks Sunday with Germany's second biggest party on renewing their alliance, in a new attempt at shaking Europe's biggest economy out of paralysis after September's inconclusive elections.
Merkel's allies, further defying SPD, seek corporate tax cuts
Germany’s Bavarian conservatives are pressing for corporate tax cuts and abolition of a tax imposed after reunification to help poorer eastern states, which could complicate talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on forming a new government.
Merkel's conservatives hope to win over SPD
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives hope to draw the SPD into coalition with offers on healthcare, employment and broadband expansion, her chancellery chief said on Friday.
Merkel wants outline coalition deal with SPD by mid-January
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she wanted to conclude exploratory talks on a possible coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) by mid-January to end Germany's political deadlock.
Merkel wants initial coalition deal with SPD by mid-January
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she hoped to conclude exploratory talks with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) on forming a government by mid-January so that both parties can launch official negotiations on renewing their alliance.
Merkel: End smuggling, create legal migration chances for Africans
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of ending smuggling and slavery while creating a legal route for Africans to come to Europe as she faces pressure at home to tackle a migrant influx.
Merkel fourth term in doubt as German coalition talks fail
Efforts to form a three-way coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and casting doubt over her future.
Merkel’s attempt to form a new German government collapses
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared failure in her bid to form a new government, throwing the future of Europe’s longest-serving leader into doubt and potentially pointing the world’s fourth-biggest economy toward new elections. The euro fell.
Germany records surge in refugees as Merkel seeks new migrant policy
The number of people seeking refuge in Germany has more than doubled in the last two years to 1.6 million, with most fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, the Federal Statistics Office said on Thursday.
Merkel’s main rival SPD wins state election in Lower Saxony
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU) suffers a significant setback by losing more supporters in a key state as a rival party and a potential partner in her future coalition government manage to win the elections.
Merkel faces test in state vote 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.

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