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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ - AFP)

Angela Merkel defends UN migration pact as policies scrutinised in debate

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, spoke in defence of the UN migration pact as she said the policies were scrutiny in the Bundestag during a debate on the 2019 draft budget.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel hug after unveiling a plaque as part of the Armistice commemorations. AFP

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel meet amid WWI centenary debate on European army

The leaders of France and Germany met in Berlin on Sunday to jointly remember the victims of European wars, presenting also a united front in countering global turmoil stoked by the mercurial US President Donald Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ - AFP)

State poll threatens second blow to weakened Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday faces a second regional election within a fortnight set to inflict more pain on her shaky coalition and strengthen centrifugal forces that could yet tear it apart.
President of the German Football Association (DFB - Deutscher Fussball-Bund) Reinhard Grindel poses during a photo session in Monaco on August 30, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - VALERY HACHE

German FA boss Grindel confident Ozil affair doesn’t threaten Euro 2024 bid

The under-pressure president of the German Football Association (DFB), Reinhard Grindel, has told AFP he is confident the controversy over Mesut Ozil's international retirement will not have a negative impact on Germany's bid to host Euro 2024.

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.

German ‘anti-Islam’ politician converts to Islam

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

Majority of Germans see Angela Merkel gone by 2021 elections

A majority of the German population believes that Chancellor Angela Merkel will not see out the current parliamentary term that ends in 2021, in spite of ongoing talks to breathe new life into the grand coalition that has ruled for the past four years.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in political dilemma

There are palpable fears in the political circle in Germany after talks to form a coalition government among four of the country’s seven parliamentary political parties collapsed shortly before midnight on Sunday.

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.

Angela Merkel ‘nears refugee deal’ with Bavarian allies in coalition talks

Two weeks after winning elections with a reduced majority, German Chancellor Angela Merkel neared a deal Sunday to unite her conservative camp on the flashpoint issue of refugee policy as she seeks to build a new coalition government, a party source said.

Israeli President praises Merkel for ‘strong stand’ against far-right

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has commended German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opposing the Alternative for Germany (AfD) (far-right party) which has prompted concern within Germany’s Jewish community.

Germany’s AfD may shift rightward after Petry’s decision

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party will adopt an increasingly right-wing approach as it prepares to enter the German parliament for the first time, experts say.

Splits in Germany’s far-right AfD as co-leader quits party

The co-leader of the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) has left the party less than 24 hours after its shock third-place result in the country's election.

Angela Merkel wins fourth term

Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard right AfD, the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II.

Merkel tries to reach undecided voters in election’s final hours

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to her conservative party on Saturday to reach undecided voters as the clock ticked down to the election in which she is expected to secure a fourth term in office.

Merkel’s party dips in poll, still ahead before Sunday vote

Angela Merkel’s conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term.

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