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New party aide close to Germany's Merkel, but no clone

Feb. 23, 2018 12:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her conservative party that she's still very much in charge and keen to shape its future, installing a close ally who's popular in her own right in a top party post following weeks of muttering over a difficult coalition deal. A congress of Merkel's...

German Social Democrats shake up leadership, focus on govt

Feb. 13, 2018 2:43 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party shuffled its top leadership Tuesday, seeking to end internal squabbles and re-focus its members on passing an agreement to form a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. The Social Democrats last week reached a coalition...

Germany's Schulz abandons plan to become foreign minister

Feb. 9, 2018 9:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats, on Friday abandoned his plan to become the country's foreign minister, hoping to prevent his party from rejecting a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. The Social Democrats are putting the agreement...

Merkel clinches German coalition govt deal, hurdle remains

Feb. 7, 2018 1:25 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country's main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gridlock. The center-left Social Democrats' leaders now have...

The Latest: Schulz: many policy aims included in German deal

Feb. 7, 2018 9:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on negotiations to form a new German government (all times local): 3 p.m. German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz says his party was able to achieve many of its policy goals in a new coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, including better support for...

Talks to forming new German government go into overtime

Feb. 6, 2018 4:12 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats pushed into the night Tuesday to try and finalize a deal on forming a new government and bringing an end to the country's political limbo a major step closer. The two sides had hoped to finish the job of hammering...

German forge ahead with talks on new coalition government

Feb. 5, 2018 2:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The prospective partners in Germany's new government forged ahead Monday with their push to nail down a coalition deal, but with several issues still to be worked out, negotiators suggested they'd need at least another day to finalize an agreement. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative...

German coalition talks adjourned until Monday

Feb. 4, 2018 2:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats embarked Sunday on a final push for an agreement on a new German government, but negotiators adjourned for the night without resolving all their differences. After an all-day session, the parties agreed to resume...

German talks on coalition govt move ahead as deadline looms

Feb. 2, 2018 10:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats nudged closer Friday to an agreement on a coalition government after reaching new compromises on infrastructure, environment and other issues. The two sides have set Sunday as a deadline to wrap up their...

German parties begin formal talks on new 'grand coalition'

Jan. 26, 2018 3:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of two smaller parties met Friday for the start of formal negotiations on forming a new governing coalition, some four months after voters went to the polls. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, its Bavaria-only sister party and the...