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2005-11-22 05:39:41

By Markus Krah and Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel was elected Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday in a parliamentary vote that ends months of uncertainty and ushers in a fragile new government with the task of reviving Europe's largest economy. Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), won 397 votes in the 614-seat Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, easily securing the majority she needed to become Germany's eighth postwar chancellor...

2005-11-21 18:15:13

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is set to become Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday, but must avoid infighting in a coalition with former leftist foes to implement reforms designed to revive Europe's largest economy. The 51-year-old pastor's daughter, also set to be the first chancellor to have grown up in Germany's formerly communist east, is widely expected to win strong backing from parliament to take over the post from Gerhard Schroeder. But a majority...

2005-11-21 06:14:19

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel, who has vowed to make German-French relations less exclusive and improve ties with smaller European countries, will travel to Paris and Brussels on Wednesday in her first official trip as chancellor. According to her Web site, Merkel, who is due to be confirmed as German chancellor in a vote in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday, will also meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday evening in London. During the German...

2005-11-14 09:18:20

By Erik Kirschbaum and James Mackenzie KARLSRUHE/BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) overwhelmingly approved a new coalition deal on Monday that puts her at the top of a potentially fragile and unwieldy bipartisan government. If the Social Democrats (SPD) and the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), also endorse the deal in separate congresses on Monday, Merkel is virtually assured of becoming Germany's first woman...

2005-11-03 14:58:30

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Thursday he was certain a "grand coalition" government would be in place by November 22 and that he could hand over the reins of power with confidence it would last. Speaking to Berlin's Foreign Press Association (VAP), Schroeder said he expected Christian Democrat Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor despite turmoil that has hit the conservatives and his Social Democrats. "One can never tell how...

2005-10-17 11:04:04

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Several leading conservative rivals of German chancellor-designate Angela Merkel were nominated on Monday to join her cabinet in a planned power-sharing government with the Social Democrats (SPD). As coalition negotiations between Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the SPD got under way, her conservatives named respected CDU veteran Wolfgang Schaeuble to head the Interior Ministry, a position he also held under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl....

2005-10-16 09:51:41

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel faces her first big test since securing the right to lead Germany as she takes her conservatives into talks on Monday aimed at forming a "grand coalition" with their bitter rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD). The talks, which are expected to last up to four weeks, will try to map out a political course for the next four years in Europe's largest economy and will focus on how to remedy its chief woes, unemployment, weak growth and...

2005-10-13 15:01:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush called outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder "to thank him for his service" on Thursday, a day after the German leader criticized the United States, the White House said. "While the two leaders had differences at times on policy, the president said that he enjoyed working with Chancellor Schroeder," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "The president expressed his and Mrs. Bush's best wishes to Chancellor and Mrs. Schroeder as he...

2005-10-12 11:05:50

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who has led Germany since 1998, said for the first time on Wednesday he would not play a role in the next government, in an emotional farewell including broadsides at the United States and Britain. "I will not be a part of the next government -- definitely not be part of it," a tearful looking Schroeder told a rapt audience of union members in his home city of Hanover. He quickly composed himself, hitting his stride in a...

2005-10-12 11:04:25

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who has led Germany since 1998, said for the first time on Wednesday he would not play a role in the next government, in an emotional farewell including broadsides at the United States and Britain. "I will not be a part of the next government -- definitely not be part of it," a tearful looking Schroeder told a rapt audience of union members in his home city of Hanover. He quickly composed himself, hitting his stride in a...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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