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2005-10-09 17:37:09

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel delayed resolving a bitter row over who should lead Germany after Sunday talks to lay the basis for a coalition government of their rival parties. Schroeder, Merkel and their chief allies, respectively Social Democrat (SPD) chairman Franz Muentefering and Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Edmund Stoiber, ended 3-1/2 hour discussions shortly before midnight without a word. The...

2005-10-09 12:14:44

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel meet on Sunday to try to resolve a bitter row over who should lead Germany and lay the foundations of a coalition government of their rival parties. But Franz Muentefering, chairman of Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), who will attend the talks along with Christian Social Union (CSU) leader and Merkel ally Edmund Stoiber, said the two sides would not be announcing a deal on Sunday...

2005-10-09 04:55:19

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel meet on Sunday to resolve a bitter dispute over who should lead Germany and to lay the foundations of a coalition government of their rival parties. Three weeks after an election which gave neither Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) nor Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) enough votes to rule with their allies, political analysts predict they will strike a deal vaulting Merkel into...

2005-10-08 17:29:06

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel meet on Sunday to resolve a bitter dispute over who should lead Germany and lay the foundations of a coalition government of their rival parties. Three weeks after an election which gave neither Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) nor Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) enough votes to rule with their allies, political analysts widely predict they will reach a deal that will vault...

2005-10-07 06:41:58

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talks aimed at resolving the standoff over who should be Germany's next chancellor have begun well and should lead to a deal over the weekend, a close ally of conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Friday. "I think we're on track and we will be able to recommend to our party executives next week that we can begin forming a government," Volker Kauder, general secretary of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told n-tv television. The comments followed a...

2005-10-06 10:53:35

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives expect Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to yield to Angela Merkel in their stand-off over who will head a new government, but a final deal will not come before Sunday, party leaders said on Thursday. Merkel's conservatives and Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) are inching toward forming a coalition after neither won a majority with their preferred allies in a September 18 election. But they have been unable to agree on who...

2005-10-05 17:36:59

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel meet on Thursday to thrash out who will lead the country after last month's inconclusive general election. Merkel's conservatives and Schroeder's Social Democrats are warming to the idea of forging a coalition after neither was able to form a government with their preferred allies, but the issue of who should be chancellor has divided the fierce election rivals....

2005-10-05 13:01:07

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservative Angela Merkel and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder voiced optimism after talks on Wednesday that their rival parties would resolve a row over who should lead the country and seal a deal to share power. Following a two-and-a-half hour meeting to resolve Germany's crippling political impasse, Merkel sounded more positive on the prospects of forging a new government than she has since she narrowly edged ahead of Schroeder in a...

2005-10-05 12:21:57

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservative Angela Merkel and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder voiced optimism after talks on Wednesday that their rival parties would resolve a row over who should lead the country and seal a deal to share power. Following a two-and-a-half hour meeting that both parties described as exploratory, Merkel sounded more positive on the prospects of forging a new government than she has since she narrowly edged Schroeder in a September 18...

2005-10-05 10:24:14

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative Angela Merkel and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder voiced optimism after talks on Wednesday that their rival parties would reach a power-sharing agreement and overcome a row over who should lead the country. A visibly pleased Merkel, whose party had threatened to break off talks before the meeting if Schroeder did not agree to step down, said she was "more optimistic than pessimistic" following the two-and-a-half hour meeting. Schroeder also struck...


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  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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