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2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office.

2005-11-06 08:18:44

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has not only survived one of the most turbulent weeks for German politics in recent memory -- she may now be in a stronger position to build and lead the new government Germany so desperately needs.

2005-11-02 17:46:34

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats tapped a state premier from the former communist east to be party chief and neared a deal on tax reform as the country's top parties strove to keep fragile coalition talks on track.

2005-11-02 17:00:36

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leadership of Germany's Social Democrats on Wednesday nominated the premier of the German state of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, to replace Franz Muentefering as party chairman, Muentefering told a news conference.

2005-10-13 11:14:27

By Noah Barkin and Markus Krah BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new coalition government took shape on Thursday, with the Social Democrats picking a close ally of outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as foreign minister and an economic pragmatist for finance.

2005-10-10 03:03:17

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel will become the country's first woman chancellor under a deal struck with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), senior sources from the leading parties said on Monday.

2005-10-09 06:47:55

BERLIN (Reuters) - Social Democrat (SPD) Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel will not seal a deal on which of them will be the next German chancellor at a meeting on Sunday evening, an SPD spokesman said.

2005-09-22 08:05:53

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Christian Democrats and Social Democrats will hold a further meeting to assess whether they can work together in a governing coalition, conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.