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germany' spd narrowly backs coalition talks with merkel


fresh elections avoided for now as social democrats approve negotiations with merkel's conservatives by 56 percent.






germany's spd votes for coalition talks with merkel


germany's social democrats have voted to hold formal coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservative bloc.






germany's merkel makes breakthrough in coalition talks


germany inches towards a new government after angela merkel strikes deal with spd to enter formal coalition talks.






germany's spd to vote on coalition talks with merkel's party


germany's social democratic party is meeting later on sunday to decide whether to start formal talks with chancellor angela merkel to form a coalition government.






germany’s merkel faces pressure for quick coalition talks


berlin (ap) — chancellor angela merkel faced pressure from inside her conservative bloc sunday to aim for a quick coalition deal with center-left rivals without conceding too much ground on core issues such as immigration. talks between merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties to form a previously untried coalition collapsed a week ago. merkel’s […]






merkel: stability for germany main goal in coalition talks


chancellor angela merkel said monday she is committed to moving ahead with initial talks on trying to forge a coalition government with the center-left social democrats, following the failure of negotiations with two smaller parties, adding that stability is her priority.






german social democrats debate coalition talks with merkel


germany's center-left social democrats are debating whether to enter coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives, and help break the political deadlock since september's election.






germany's social democrats ok talks on a new merkel govt


germany's center-left social democrats agreed thursday to open talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least to support a minority government.






german social democrats debate coalition talks with merkel


berlin (ap) — germany’s center-left social democrats are debating whether to enter coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives, and help break the political deadlock since september’s election. if the social democrats reject entering the talks, the only options left are for merkel to form a minority government or for new elections. social democrat deputy […]






german center-left leaders push for talks with merkel


leaders of germany's social democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel's union bloc.






germany's merkel faces pressure for quick coalition talks


chancellor angela merkel faced pressure from inside her conservative bloc sunday to aim for a quick coalition deal with center-left rivals without conceding too much ground on core issues such as immigration.






german social democrats mull talks on new merkel government


germany's center-left social democrats are discussing whether to open talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives on extending their governing coalition, or at least backing a minority government.






merkel still optimistic on forming new german coalition


chancellor angela merkel said friday that she's still optimistic about the chances of disparate parties allying to form germany's next government after an initial round of talks produced little visible progress.






germany's social democrats consider opening govt talks


the leaders of germany's social democrats are making a final push to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives on forming a new coalition government.






german social democrats argue over possible merkel coalition


members of germany's center-left social democrats aired differences tuesday over whether to renew their governing coalition with conservative chancellor angela merkel, while the right of migrants to bring relatives to germany resurfaced as a potential sticking point.






germany’s social democrats consider opening govt talks


berlin (ap) — the leaders of germany’s social democrats are making a final push to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives on forming a new coalition government. the center-left party, which has governed with merkel since 2013, was battered in september’s election, falling to a post-war low […]






germany's social democrats consider opening govt talks


the leaders of germany's social democrats made a final push saturday to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives on forming a new coalition government, saying it was the best option left on the table.






further talks on new govt in germany likely only in 2018


a leading member of german chancellor angela merkel's conservative party says that talks with the center-left social democrats on forming a government coalition will likely only take place at the beginning of next year.






germany’s merkel speaks out against new election


berlin (ap) — chancellor angela merkel is making clear that she doesn’t want a new german election as the country’s politicians struggle to form a new government. talks between merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties on a previously untried coalition collapsed last weekend. merkel’s partners in the outgoing government, the center-left social democrats, initially […]






germany: union boss presses center-left to join merkel gov’t


berlin (ap) — germany’s top labor union official is pressing the center-left social democrats to join a new coalition government under conservative chancellor angela merkel. merkel’s union bloc will begin talks jan. 7 on a possible new government with the social democrats, her partners of the past four years. the social democrats ruled out a […]






germany’s merkel embarks on new talks to form government


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel embarked sunday on talks with the center-left social democrats on forming a new government, with leaders stressing the need for speed as they attempt to break an impasse more than three months after the country’s election. merkel’s conservative union bloc and the social democrats have run germany together […]






german coalition negotiator urges calmer approach


berlin (ap) — a leading negotiator in talks to form germany’s next government is urging all involved to “go down a gear” after a stalemate over contentious issues was accompanied by mutual recriminations. germany’s sept. 24 election left chancellor angela merkel trying to form an untried coalition that brings together her conservative union bloc, the […]






collapse of german coalition talks deals merkel blow, raises prospect of new ele


the sudden collapse of talks to form a coalition government left german politics in turmoil on monday, with angela merkel reckoning with one of the worst crises of her 12-year chancellorship. the failure left politicians scrambling across berlin on monday to try to salvage hopes that a deal can...






social democrats push back against german 'grand' coalition


the head of germany's center-left social democrats is lobbying party members to vote for opening coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives amid strong opposition from grassroots members.






german greens signal flexibility in coalition talks


berlin (ap) — leaders of germany’s greens may drop demands for a 2030 deadline to phase out combustion engines and shut coal-fired power stations as chancellor angela merkel’s government-building efforts intensify. merkel’s conservatives, the pro-business free democrats and the greens want to determine by mid-november whether there’s enough common ground for full coalition negotiations. they […]






germany’s merkel embarks on new talks to form government


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives and the center-left social democrats are starting talks on forming a new government, attempting to break an impasse more than three months after the country’s election. merkel’s conservative union bloc and the social democrats have run germany together for the past four years. but the social democrats […]






potential ally urges merkel to give up finance ministry


berlin (ap) — a key potential ally in germany’s next government is insisting that chancellor angela merkel’s party shouldn’t keep the finance ministry because that gives her too much power. exploratory talks on a potential coalition of merkel’s conservatives, the pro-business free democrats and traditionally left-leaning greens start this week. merkel’s current partners, the center-left […]






german social democrats mull talks on new merkel government


berlin (ap) — germany’s center-left social democrats are discussing whether to open talks with chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives on extending their governing coalition, or at least backing a minority government. the social democrats’ leadership insisted the party would go into opposition after a disastrous election result in september. it reinforced its refusal to join a […]






german center-left party battles over new merkel coalition


supporters and opponents of a new alliance with chancellor angela merkel are making their case to members of germany's main center-left party who will decide this weekend whether to negotiate a new governing coalition.






final day of talks on possible german government coalition


chancellor angela merkel's conservatives are sitting down for a final day of talks with their prospective center-left partners to try to determine if there is enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations.






final day of talks on possible german government coalition


berlin (ap) — chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives are sitting down for a final day of talks with their prospective center-left partners to try to determine if there is enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations. merkel’s union bloc and the social democrats have been meeting behind closed doors this week, with thursday’s final round […]






germany's merkel backs free press amid trump media criticism


german chancellor angela merkel has told an audience including u.s. vice president mike pence that she supports a "free, independent press" and that germany has good experience with mutual respect between the government and the media.






german center-left leaders push for talks with merkel


berlin (ap) — leaders of germany’s social democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with chancellor angela merkel’s union bloc. social democrat leader martin schulz was traveling wednesday through the states of bavaria and rhineland-palatinate to seek approval at a party convention sunday to open formal negotiations […]






germany's merkel embarks on new talks to form government


german chancellor angela merkel embarked sunday on talks with the center-left social democrats on forming a new government, with leaders stressing the need for speed as they attempt to break an impasse more than three months after the country's election.






germany’s merkel arrives in russia for talks with putin


moscow (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel has arrived in russia for talks with president vladimir putin expected to focus on the unresolved conflict in ukraine and the civil war in syria. merkel traveled to the black sea city of sochi on tuesday for a one-day visit. it is her first trip to russia in […]