Thomas Escritt

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4 Mar 2018 | 9:44 PM

Social Democrats sign up to new Merkel-led German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) decisively backed another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday, clearing the way for a new government in Europe's largest economy after months of political uncertainty.

2 Mar 2018 | 10:40 PM

Dutch PM rejects 'romance' of ever closer European union

BERLIN (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday rejected the notion that the European Union is on an inevitable path towards greater political integration after Britain leaves next year, and he called for a narrower focus on projects with an economic payoff.

26 Feb 2018 | 10:50 PM

Merkel wins party nod to renew coalition with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Monday approved a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), bringing closer a fourth term for her as well as an end to political limbo in Europe's preeminent power.

18 Feb 2018 | 11:04 PM

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's 'empire'

MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation.

17 Feb 2018 | 10:59 PM

May wins backing for EU security pact, timing unclear

MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May made her case on Saturday for a new security treaty with the EU from next year, winning support from EU and U.S. officials who agreed the issue was too important to risk getting subsumed in broader Brexit negotiations.

17 Feb 2018 | 10:01 PM

Public reports 'clearly show' Assad's use of chemical weapons - McMaster

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account.

9 Feb 2018 | 2:18 AM

Home is where the Heimat is - Germans bemused by new ministry

BERLIN (Reuters) - After years focusing on the hard science of Germany becoming Europe's economic powerhouse, the proposed next government also wants to pursue the gentler art of making it a better homeland.

8 Feb 2018 | 9:29 PM

Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.

2 Feb 2018 | 10:28 PM

German parties in coalition talks haggle over labour rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives and their would-be partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), had much to do if they were to agree a coalition government, with the parties haggling over labour rights.

24 Jan 2018 | 10:41 PM

Membership momentum sparks race to settle German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - A flood of new members signing up to Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) in the hope of voting down a renewed coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives is raising time pressure on negotiators trying to thrash out an accord.