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New lawmakers make German parliament more diverse than ever

Sep. 28, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hakan Demir smiled broadly as he stood in front of Germany’s majestic parliament building Tuesday, his first official day of work as a national lawmaker. “My grandfather would have been mighty proud of me, and my parents are proud as well,” Demir,...

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. ...

Going Dutch: Look out, German coalition talks could be long

Sep. 28, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As Europe's economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday's knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be. ...

Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote

Sep. 27, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc pushed Monday for a quick agreement on a coalition government, but Europe’s biggest economy could still be in for weeks of uncertainty after an election that failed to set a clear direction. ...

EXPLAINER: How and when Germany will form a new government

Sep. 27, 2021 05:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's voters have delivered their verdict. Now it's up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany's new Bundestag, or lower house of...

Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's bloc in German vote

Sep. 27, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of...

The Latest: Social Democrats beat Merkel bloc in German vote

Sep. 26, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

The latest on Germany's general election on Sunday: The center-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany’s national election, beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race. ...

German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Sep. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens...

Contenders tout credentials in close vote to replace Merkel

Sep. 24, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany's chancellor sought to mobilize voters Friday as the election campaign neared its close, touting their credentials to lead Europe's biggest economy into a new era as it grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic...

What a cracker! Merkel pecked by parrot

Sep. 24, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel provided a rare splash of color amid Germany's staid election campaign while visiting a bird park where she posed with half a dozen parrots. Not content with the bird feed on offer, one of the rainbow lorikeets took a peck...