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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.






social democrats push back against german ‘grand’ coalition


berlin (ap) — 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. martin schulz was in dortmund tuesday to push for approval of the formal negotiations with the union bloc at a party convention sunday. a […]






german social democrats under pressure in coalition impasse


germany's center-left social democrats are under pressure to halt the country's drift toward a new election after ruling out a repeat of their outgoing coalition with chancellor angela merkel.






german chancellor merkel says she’s “optimistic” about forming a new coalition g


berlin (ap) — german chancellor merkel says she’s “optimistic” about forming a new coalition government with social democrats.






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.






reports: breakthrough in german government coalition talks


leaders of german chancellor angela merkel's conservative union bloc and the center-left social democrats have reportedly agreed on the basis to move ahead with coalition negotiations after marathon overnight talks.






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.






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 […]






european shares climb on hopes for german coalition deal


european shares were higher tuesday following a downbeat day in asia, after german chancellor angela merkel said her conservative bloc was willing to discuss forging a "stable government" with the social democrats.






pressure grows on german social democrats in gov’t impasse


berlin (ap) — pressure is growing within germany’s social democratic party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives. spd leader martin schulz has ruled out returning to the current “grand coalition” with merkel, following a disastrous result in september’s election, even after her talks on forming […]






merkel supports german coalition with greens, free democrats


german chancellor angela merkel is pushing for a coalition with the free democratic party and greens, saying it's the best suited to govern the country.






european shares up on german coalition talk, uk bank tests


european shares were higher tuesday following a downbeat day in asia, after german chancellor angela merkel said her conservative bloc was willing to discuss forging a "stable government" with the social democrats and after the bank of england issued a relatively upbeat report on britain's biggest banks.






german preliminary coalition talks break down after free democrats bow out, rais


berlin (ap) — german preliminary coalition talks break down after free democrats bow out, raising prospect of new election.






merkel supports german coalition with greens, free democrats


german chancellor angela merkel lobbied party members saturday to stand behind efforts to build a new coalition with the free democratic party and greens, saying it's the best suited to govern the country.






german parties forge ahead with talks on new government


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties are seeking compromises on the thorny issues of migration and climate change so they can proceed with formal talks on forming a new coalition government. merkel’s conservative christian democrats and sister bavarian-only christian social union is meeting with the pro-business free democrats […]






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.






merkel’s party seeks to win fourth german state in a year


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel’s party is aiming to unseat the incumbent center-left governor in lower saxony for a fourth straight victory in state elections this year. sunday’s vote in the northern state was called after the ruling coalition between social democrats and greens lost its one-seat majority in july. merkel’s christian democrats […]






german social democrat leader martin schulz: coalition negotiators have achieved


berlin (ap) — german social democrat leader martin schulz: coalition negotiators have achieved ‘outstanding results’






further talks on new govt in germany likely only in 2018


berlin (ap) — 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. julia kloeckner, a deputy leader of the christian democrats, said monday on public television ard that thoroughness is […]






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 […]






austria: coalition partner takes other to court over 'lies'


austria's social democratic party is going to court over a comment made by the head of its government coalition partner, saying he lied when he said that the social democrats accepted a large donation in campaigning ahead of october national elections.






german social democrat leader martin schulz says he will ask party congress to a


berlin (ap) — german social democrat leader martin schulz says he will ask party congress to authorize entering formal coalition talks.






german state elections a test for left's challenge to merkel


a pair of upcoming german state elections could show whether the center-left social democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative chancellor angela merkel a fourth term.






german politicians push for gay marriage legalization


the social democratic party of germany (spd), a partner in angela merkel’s christian democratic union ruling coalition, said sunday it would initiate a new bid to legalize homosexual marriages in the country. the parliamentary leader for spd, thomas oppermann, told der spiegel magazine it woul...






german center-left party battles over new merkel coalition


berlin (ap) — 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. merkel’s union bloc and leaders of the center-left social democrats last week reached a preliminary deal to open […]






social democrats projected to win north german state vote


the center-left social democrats were projected to win a state election sunday in germany's lower saxony, ending a losing streak in three other states and at the national level this year.






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.






merkel supports german coalition with greens, free democrats


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel is pushing for a coalition with the free democratic party and greens, saying it’s the best suited to govern the country. speaking saturday in dresden to her party’s youth wing, merkel said she’d hold talks with the pro-business fdp and left-leaning greens and then present her christian democratic […]






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 […]






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 […]






pressure grows on german social democrats in gov't impasse


pressure is growing within germany's social democratic party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives.






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 state elections a test for left’s challenge to merkel


berlin (ap) — a pair of upcoming german state elections could show whether the center-left social democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative chancellor angela merkel a fourth term. sunday’s vote in schleswig-holstein and the may 14 election in north rhine-westphalia, germany’s most populous state, are the last tests at the […]






cubs, blackhawks push back against emanuel's concert ticket tax hike


chicago’s major sports teams are headlining a late bid to push back against mayor rahm emanuel’s plan to raise the amusement tax on concert tickets at bigger venues across the city. the coalition to save jobs in the amusement industry argues that hiking ticket taxes at stadiums with more than 1,500...






merkel ally sees ‘tail wind’ from german state election


berlin (ap) — a senior member of chancellor angela merkel’s party says the conservatives’ unexpectedly strong win in a state vote gives them “tail wind” for bigger upcoming elections. merkel’s christian democrats easily beat the center-left social democrats in saarland state sunday. a tighter race was expected after the social democrats were boosted in polls […]