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20 Oct 2017 | 11:39 PM

Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs there would be less money to paper over differences.

6 Oct 2017 | 10:19 PM

Between Berlin and Bavaria - Merkel's uneasy allies

WEGSCHEID, Germany (Reuters) - Two years ago, Wegscheid was on the front lines of Europe's refugee crisis. When Germany voted last week, the village, like many along the Austrian border, swung hard to the far right, straining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance.

27 Sep 2017 | 3:10 PM

Schaeuble to head German parliament, unblocking coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany took a first decisive step on Wednesday towards forming a new government when its veteran finance minister, conservative Wolfgang Schaeuble, agreed to become president of the parliament, clearing the way for another party to take his job.

19 Sep 2017 | 12:59 AM

In German rustbelt, Merkel challenger's social justice pitch falls flat

DUESSELDORF/DUISBURG, Germany (Reuters) - The steelworks in Duisburg employed 3,000 people when it was closed in 1985. Today, the disused factory, now a park showcasing the city's industrial heritage, gives work to dozens of curators, artists and athletes.

13 Sep 2017 | 8:19 PM

German parties fret about Turkish voters as Erdogan makes mark

BERLIN (Reuters) - Nihan Sen's grandmother came to Germany in the 1960s but still speaks no German. By contrast, Nihan herself is a star of German youth culture, with 783,000 followers for her YouTube channel. Yet she acknowledges: "I really do like a bit of Turkish television."

1 Sep 2017 | 7:57 PM

Merkel's Social Democrat rival bullish ahead of German TV clash

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz, whose party trails Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives by 17 points, said he was going into Sunday's television debate convinced he would win this month's elections.

31 Aug 2017 | 5:13 AM

Schroeder accuses his critics of wanting a 'new Cold War'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder hit back at those criticising him for taking a job at a Russian energy company, saying some of his critics wanted to push Germany into a "new Cold War".

31 Aug 2017 | 4:27 AM

Ovation for Merkel ally Guttenberg on his political come-back

BERLIN (Reuters) - The man once touted as Germany's chancellor-in-waiting before his sudden fall from grace made his long-anticipated return to German politics on Wednesday with a speech hailing Angela Merkel as the right person to steer her country in uncertain times.

18 Aug 2017 | 11:10 PM

Germans watching Charlottesville sense echoes of their own history

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis.

22 Jul 2017 | 9:06 PM

'You belong here' Germany tells Turks as row with Ankara rages

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany sought on Saturday to reassure the country's 3 million people of Turkish descent it would stand by them as a row with Ankara escalates, saying they were not the target of changes to government policy on Turkey.