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Merkel's Bavarian ally seeks quick decisions after election

Oct. 16, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future. Horst Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, the sister to Merkel's conservative...

Merkel vows to restore Germans' confidence in government

Oct. 15, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Monday to do more to restore Germans' confidence in her unhappy coalition after a battering for both of her governing partners in Bavaria's state election added to tensions in the alliance. Sunday's vote stripped Merkel's conservative allies in Bavaria, the...

Bavarian voters punish Merkel allies in state election

Oct. 14, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies lost their absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament by a wide margin in a regional election Sunday, a result that could cause more turbulence within the national government. The Christian Social Union took 37.2 percent of the vote,...

Merkel allies brace for big setback in German state election

Oct. 11, 2018 3:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — This weekend's state election in Bavaria has been casting a long shadow over German politics for the past year — and the aftershocks could cause more turbulence for Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggling national government. Polls suggest that Bavaria's center-right Christian Social...

Germany to expand job-seeker visas, seeks skilled workers

Oct. 2, 2018 7:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Tuesday it will expand a system of six-month visas allowing people from outside the European Union to seek jobs as part of an effort to tackle a shortfall of skilled workers. It also said it has agreed on a solution to help rejected but well-settled asylum-seekers,...

Merkel: German government must give up internal squabbles

Sep. 24, 2018 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that it's time for her coalition government to stop getting bogged down in internal squabbles, after its leaders reached a deal to resolve its second major crisis in just three months. Merkel said she regrets the handling of the latest dispute, over...

German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

Sep. 23, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance. The center-left Social Democrats...

The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

Sep. 23, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's...

Germans angry over spy chief's promotion after comments

Sep. 21, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A spat over Germany's domestic intelligence chief flared up again Friday, after a center-left party in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government said it wanted to nix a deal that saw the spy promoted out of office. Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles said she wrote to other members of the...

German spy chief removal causes turbulence in Merkel gov't

Sep. 20, 2018 7:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A decision to give a new government job to Germany's domestic intelligence chief, who was removed from that post after appearing to downplay recent far-right protests, is causing discontent in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition. Hans-Georg Maassen was removed as head of the BfV intelligence...