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Merkel urges western Balkans to focus on EU membership

Sep. 14, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Albania on Tuesday to urge the leaders of the six western Balkan states to strengthen their regional cooperation in their strive for European Union membership. Merkel hailed the cooperation intiative, saying...

Merkel: Integrating Balkans into EU is strategic for both

Sep. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — It's in the European Union's strategic interests to integrate the Balkan states into the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday as she urged Serbia and other countries in the region to do more on democratic reforms in order to join. ...

Merkel's party ahead in local votes in northern German state

Sep. 13, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The center-right candidate hoping to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel is celebrating his party's narrow victory in local elections in a northern German state, two weeks before a national election in which he is struggling in the polls. Sunday's...

3 contrasting candidates seek chancellery in German election

Sep. 13, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is seeing its first three-way contest for the chancellery, with the environmentalist Greens joining the country's two traditional big parties in fielding a candidate. Chancellor Angela Merkel said nearly three years ago that she wouldn't seek a...

Frontrunner to replace Merkel on defensive in TV debate

Sep. 12, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In the second of three pre-election debates, the frontrunner to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor faced tough questions Sunday over whether his ministry had a role in obstructing money-laundering probes. Olaf Scholz of the center-left Social...

Merkel calls migrant push at EU's border 'unacceptable'

Sep. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she found it unacceptable that refugees were being used to apply pressure to Poland and other European Union members on the border with Belarus. Speaking at a news conference during what she said...

Center-right seeks boost in Bavaria ahead of German election

Sep. 11, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The center-right Union bloc's candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor sought the support Saturday of skeptical Bavarian allies 15 days before Germany's national election, in which polls indicate the party could get its worst result since World War II. ...

Not easy voting green: Germans wary of getting climate bill

Sep. 10, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — It's a scorching September day and the Green party candidate hoping to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor leaps on stage in front of hundreds of supporters for what should be a home run. Surveys show climate change is among the top concerns...

German leadership candidate talks security amid party woes

Sep. 10, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The center-right candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel touted his party's law-and-order and security credentials on Friday as he tried to turn around disappointing polls, questioning his left-leaning rival's stance toward the police and the military. ...

Merkel: Party was always aware it faced fight in German vote

Sep. 09, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that her party is fighting and was always aware that it wouldn't “automatically” hold on to Germany's top job after her 16 years in power, downplaying alarming poll ratings as the country's election nears. Recent...