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2005-11-20 14:17:43

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday with the broadest parliamentary mandate in decades to pursue overdue economic reforms. Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will form Germany's first "grand coalition" since 1969, commanding a crushing majority of 448 of the its 614 seats in parliament's lower house. The two main parties also dominate the upper house of...

2005-11-20 09:19:20

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday with the broadest parliamentary mandate in decades to pursue overdue economic reforms, but already under widespread attack for her plans. As Germany's eighth post-war chancellor and the leader of the first "grand coalition" government since 1969, Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats have a crushing majority in parliament's lower house with 448 of its 614...

2005-11-11 18:35:25

By Markus Krah BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats have made fighting high unemployment the centerpiece of their grand coalition agreement, according to a draft of the 145-page document obtained by Reuters on Friday. The two main Germany parties completed a deal earlier on Friday to form a government after a month of talks and plan to release the agreement on Saturday in Berlin. "Reducing unemployment is the central obligation of our government...

2005-11-11 12:09:29

By Claudia Kade and Markus Krah BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's main political parties sealed an agreement on Friday to create a coalition government of traditional rivals under the leadership of conservative Angela Merkel. "The coalition agreement is completed," Merkel told a news conference. "I'm convinced that the coalition creates a genuine opportunity for Germany." The parties had already reached an understanding on a range of contentious financial issues going into the final...

2005-08-12 11:22:42

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans cannot agree on how to spell simple words. What then are the chances they will successfully tackle complex economic and social problems? A dispute over reform of spelling rules highlights the difficulty of implementing change in Germany as reform-minded Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel may find if, as polls predict, she becomes chancellor in an election in September. In Germany's consensus-model of decision-making, she would...

2005-06-29 10:41:29

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder willbase a parliamentary confidence vote that he wants to lose inorder to call new elections on the grounds his governmentcannot operate effectively, a government source said onWednesday. Schroeder wants new elections a year earlier than scheduledto break a political deadlock created by a succession of stateelection defeats that have put the conservative opposition ingovernment in all but three of Germany's 16 states. That has given...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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