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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. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

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. Doubts about a "grand coalition" of her conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals mounted over the past week after the abrupt resignation of SPD chief Franz Muentefering and withdrawal of Bavarian premier Edmund Stoiber from her...

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. After a hastily called SPD meeting late on Tuesday, the 51-year-old leader of the state of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, said he would run for the post of chairman at a party congress later this month. The party executive met on...

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. The 51-year-old will need to be approved by a full party meeting later this month. Muentefering's resignation on Monday threw plans for a coalition with the conservatives into disarray and came after his party voted against his wishes and...

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. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 49, Schroeder's chief of staff since 1999 and a relative unknown on the national political scene, was nominated by the SPD to fill the key Foreign Ministry post occupied by Joschka Fischer for the past...

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. Under the agreement, the SPD is poised to get the foreign, finance, justice and labor ministries in a new coalition government with Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), a senior SPD source told Reuters. Chancellor Gerhard...

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. Schroeder, Merkel and the other two participants, SPD Chairman Franz Muentefering and Edmund Stoiber, head of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), would inform party executives on Monday morning of the results from...

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. "We have agreed that we will meet again for a further round of exploratory talks," she said following a meeting with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Social Democrat party leader Franz Muentefering. The conservatives will hold coalition talks with the environmental...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • 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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