Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel’s coalition plans

BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel’s conservatives to enter formal talks on a “grand coalition” which could scupper her plan for … Read More

Germany fears EU migration reforms will trigger refugee influx: report

Germany’s government is concerned that proposed changes to EU asylum rules will force it to take in significantly more refugees in the future, according to Der Spiegel. The reforms would also void any caps on refugees. Berlin fears the European … Read More

Germany mulls possibility of life after Angela Merkel

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Germany is beginning to think about life after Angela Merkel, despite a deal this week which paved the way for her to form a new coalition government. A visibily exhausted Mrs Merkel appeared before the cameras on Friday to announce … Read More

Germany coalition talks: Merkel welcomes breakthrough

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Image AFP Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz stressed the need for social cohesion German politicians have achieved a breakthrough in talks aimed at forming a new coalition government. A blueprint for formal negotiations was agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian … Read More

Viktor Orbán: Europe Will Restore ‘the Will of the People’ on Migration in 2018

European leaders will be forced to bow to public opposition to migration and concern over terrorism threats in 2018, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after meeting Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies in the German region Friday afternoon. Meeting the Christian Social Union (CSU)’s … Read More

Germany ties Iraq aid to peaceful resolution of conflict with Kurds

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani casts his vote during Kurds independence referendum in Erbil, Iraq September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari BERLIN – 18 December 2017: Germany on Monday said its continued support for Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government … Read More

Merkel Courts Germany’s Skittish SPD as Talks Open on Government

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Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) held their first formal talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives on … Read More

MERKEL LOSING GRIP: Germany more DIVIDED than ever before in threat to EU integration

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Theresa May: MPs must ‘come together’ to deliver Brexit The German Chancellor is already suffering from a damaged ego over a failure to form a coalition following September’s embarrassing election defeat. And now Angela Merkel is struggling to maintain grip … Read More

Refugee issue looms as Merkel starts coalition talks

Two weeks after winning German elections with a reduced majority, Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a first step Sunday on a rocky road towards forming a government by trying to get her own conservative house in order. Her meeting from 1000 … Read More

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