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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...

2005-10-03 11:17:30

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder signaled on Monday he may be ready to give up power two weeks after Germany's most inconclusive post-war election, saying he would accept whatever his party decides. For the first time since his Social Democrats (SPD) finished behind Angela Merkel's conservatives in the September 18 election that produced a hung parliament, Schroeder said he would not stand in the way if a stable government could be formed by the two...

2005-10-03 10:05:48

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday signaled he may be ready to relinquish power two weeks after Germany's most inconclusive post-war election, saying he would accept any decision his party takes. For the first time since his Social Democrats (SPD) finished second to Angela Merkel's conservatives in the September 18 election that produced a hung parliament, Schroeder said he would not stand in the way if a stable government could be formed by...

2005-09-30 14:16:30

By Erik Kirschbaum DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and rival Angela Merkel, edging warily toward a coalition government, attacked each other as unqualified to lead Germany as they vied for advantage in a late-voting district. Schroeder and conservative leader Merkel on Friday took their battle to lead a coalition to the eastern city of Dresden, where each again claimed to have won a mandate in September 18 elections to lead Germany. Both seek a strong...

2005-09-28 15:34:24

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel voiced optimism after talks to forge a power-sharing coalition on Wednesday despite disagreeing on who should lead the country. "Constructive, serious," was the verdict of Merkel to reporters after meeting Schroeder and Social Democrat (SPD) chief Franz Muentefering. "And when you think how we spoke with and against each other 14 days ago in the election campaign, I...

2005-09-28 14:12:45

Please read in the quote in the ninth paragraph ... That is the demand of the Union on the chancellorship .... instead of ... That is the demand of the SPD on the chancellorship A corrected repetition follows: By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel voiced optimism after talks to forge a power-sharing coalition on Wednesday despite disagreeing on who should lead the country. "Constructive, serious," was the...

2005-09-28 13:17:10

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel voiced optimism after talks to forge a power-sharing coalition on Wednesday despite disagreeing on who should lead the country. "Constructive, serious," was the verdict of Merkel to reporters after meeting Schroeder and Social Democrat (SPD) chief Franz Muentefering. "And when you think how we spoke with and against each other 14 days ago in the election campaign, I...

2005-09-27 08:25:12

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Tuesday he was sure a "grand coalition" of his Social Democrats (SPD) and the conservative opposition would be formed to continue his reforms. "Voters have decided for renewal of their country without giving up social cohesion," Schroeder said in a speech at a function on the future of the European Union. "This requires a government that makes this its priority and I am very sure that such a government will...

2005-09-27 07:52:08

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Tuesday that he was sure a "grand coalition" between his Social Democrats and the conservative opposition would be formed to continue reforms his government had begun. "Voters have decided for renewal of their country without giving up social cohesion," Schroeder said in a speech at a function on the future of the European Union. "This requires a government that makes this its priority and I am very sure that...

2005-09-26 07:54:16

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Monday that she could not recommend entering full coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) until they recognized her as the country's rightful chancellor. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of her Christian Democrats (CDU) in Berlin, Merkel laid out a series of preconditions for talks aimed at breaking a political deadlock that has plagued Germany since Sunday's inconclusive election. The...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.