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German Greens agree to start formal talks on new government

Oct. 17, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Green party gave its blessing Sunday to opening formal coalition talks on a new government that would speed up the country's exit from coal-fueled power and the expansion of renewable energy. A congress of the environmentalist party signed off on...

Merkel party leader urges unity after German election loss

Oct. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party urged supporters Saturday to emulate the unity and discipline of their victorious opponents, declaring that it only can start winning again if members learn to stand together. Armin Laschet has...

3 German parties aim to start formal coalition talks

Oct. 15, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three German parties announced Friday that they aim to open formal coalition talks, moving a big step closer to a new government that would send outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc into opposition. The prospective partners said they have a major opportunity...

Green leader: 'Long way' to go in talks to form German govt

Oct. 09, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Greens leader says the multiparty talks on forming a new German government have “a long way to go” and will have to bridge significant policy differences. The center-left Social Democrats, the environmentalist Greens and the pro-business Free...

German parties look to Social Democrats to lead next govt

Oct. 06, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The two parties that emerged as the likely kingmakers from Germany's election last month said Wednesday they will hold talks on a possible new government under the leadership of the center-left Social Democrats. If ultimately successful, which is far from...

Germany's center-right woos Greens for possible coalition

Oct. 05, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc sought to win over the environmentalist Greens for a possible coalition Tuesday as the parties that hope for a share of power in Germany wrapped up their first talks on forming a new government. The...

German parties hold 'speed dating' post-election talks

Oct. 03, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's four biggest parties held a series of bilateral meetings Sunday to further sound out each others' positions before deciding on further steps in forming a government. The center-left Social Democrats, who finished on top in Germany's national...

German kingmakers open talks toward forming new government

Sep. 29, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The two parties that are expected to determine who will become Germany's next chancellor have started talks to bridge their differences and declared that they got off to a good start. Sunday's parliamentary election left Germany's traditional big parties...

Teflon leader: Party's big loss won't tarnish Merkel's image

Sep. 29, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel will leave office in the coming months with her popularity intact among voters and widely admired beyond Germany as a chancellor who deftly steered her country, and Europe, through numerous crises. Her center-right political bloc, on the...

Germany sees calls for quick decisions on new government

Sep. 28, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Pressure grew for a quick start to talks on Germany's next government as newly elected lawmakers held their first meetings on Tuesday and tensions simmered in outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc, which declined to its worst-ever result in the country's election. ...