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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to seek tougher measures against Iran in Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarks Monday on a three-day European tour in Germany set to be dominated by strategic differences on Iran, as leaders attempt to rescue the nuclear deal after the US withdrawal.

Immigration row overshadows start of Angela Merkel’s fourth term

A scuffle over immigration has marred the first weeks in office of Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth coalition, promising anything but smooth sailing in the years ahead for the loveless left-right alliance.

Germany’s Angela Merkel vows swift return to govt work to boost Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday that her new government would start work swiftly and lend a strong voice to Europe, a day after she secured a coalition for her fourth term.

Angela Merkel vows to work for the ‘good of Germany’ as SPD paves way...

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday vowed to work with the Social Democrats for the "good of Germany" as the centre-left party agreed to join her new coalition, but the veteran leader will go into her fourth term with weaker cards than before.

Germany’s Social Democrats back coalition with Angela Merkel

Members of Germany's Social Democrat Party (SPD) have voted in favour of entering a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a postal ballot, according to a statement by the party.

Angela Merkel ready for ‘painful compromises’ to seal govt deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Tuesday she is prepared to make "painful compromises" in a final round of talks to seal a coalition deal for her fourth term and end months of political limbo in Europe's top economy.

Confidence grows for deal on new Angela Merkel government

Talks between the top German parties on forming a new government for Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth term spilled into overtime Monday but confidence appeared to be growing they would strike a deal.

German ‘anti-Islam’ politician converts to Islam

A far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD), Arthur Wagner, has converted to Islam.

Angela Merkel optimistic over German govt coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is optimistic she can form a new government as she embarked in new coalition talks.

Germany’s Angela Merkel resumes talks to end political stalemate

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives resume on Wednesday drawn-out talks with Germany's second biggest party aimed at ending months of post-election stalemate and forming a coalition government.

Far-right German MP slammed for anti-Muslim tweet

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Beatrix von Storch said Cologne police were appeasing "barbaric, gang-raping, Muslim hordes" when they tweeted out a New Year's Day message in Arabic.

German MP faces probe for Twitter post against ‘Muslim hordes’

Police said they received several hundred complaints after a high-profile lawmaker of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party lashed out at “Muslim hordes of men” in a New Year’s tweet, prompting an investigation into possible hate speech.

German far-right meets to pick new leaders amid pro-refugee protests

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gathered Saturday to vote in new leadership after its triumphant turnout in September's general election, as hundreds staged street protests against the anti-migrant, anti-Islam party.

Germany’s Angela Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election than ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight.

Crunch time for Angela Merkel to build coalition or face new polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel resumed complex coalition talks Saturday in a last-ditch effort to forge a government and avert a political crisis in Europe's biggest economy.

Forbes names Germany’s Angela Merkel as world’s most powerful woman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named the world’s most powerful woman for the seventh time in a row by Forbes magazine, the publication announced on Thursday.

31 year-old Sebastian Kurz set to become Austrian leader

Austria's political "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz was on course Sunday to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right, after his conservative party looked to have triumphed in elections.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets Pope Francis for talks

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held his first meeting with Pope Francis on Monday since taking over the largely ceremonial post, with migration and refugees on the agenda.

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