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2008-06-30 06:02:44

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp [Report by Helmut Stoltenberg: "A Row About Nuclear Power - Gabriel and Hoehn Want To Shut Down Olf Nuclear Power Plants - Union and FDP for Longer Running Times of Nuclear Power Plants"] Berlin - The positions have become entrenched in the dispute between the parties about the use of nuclear energy. Whereas on the weekend the Union and the FDP [Free Democratic Party] again advocated longer running times for nuclear power plants, the...

2008-06-14 06:00:08

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin / Dublin (ddp) - For the present, the EU Reform Treaty has come to grief on the rocks of the Irish "no" vote. In a referendum, 53.4 per cent of the votes were cast against the Lisbon Treaty, intended to make the European Union fit for the 21st century. This means that the EU will not as planned acquire a president and a foreign minister from 2009, or endow its members for the first time with the right to depart the Union....

2006-08-06 08:29:37

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government came under attack on Sunday from leaders in her own party as the conservatives fell to a record low in opinion polls amid public anger over rising taxes and stymied reform efforts. The head of the leading opposition party, Free Democrat chairman Guido Westerwelle, predicted Merkel's nine-month old grand coalition would collapse well before the next election set for 2009 because of bad blood between...

2006-03-26 13:43:40

By Noah Barkin and James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition in Berlin. With the votes out of the way, however, pressure is expected to build on Merkel to refocus on her domestic agenda and deliver promised reforms of the healthcare system and labor market. Since taking office in...

2006-03-26 11:11:11

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats looked to have held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in Berlin. Television exit polls showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes in the wealthy southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt. The Social Democrats (SPD) were ahead in...

2006-03-26 11:07:07

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats looked to have held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in Berlin. Television exit polls showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes in the wealthy southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt. The Social Democrats (SPD) were ahead in...

2006-03-26 02:02:28

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in three German regional elections that are expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms once they are over. The elections, in the wealthy states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and the poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt, are the first since Merkel took office in November as head of a delicately balanced government of...

2005-11-01 20:08:33

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) were set to nominate a young state premier from the former East Germany on Wednesday as party leader in an attempt to rejuvenate hopes of a coalition government. Efforts to forge a right-left "grand coalition" of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and SPD suffered a setback on Monday when SPD chief Franz Muentefering said he would step aside as party leader. That prompted the influential conservative premier of Bavaria,...

2005-11-01 13:22:01

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top parties pledged on Tuesday to press on with trying to form a government as fears grew that a leadership crisis in the Social Democrats and the withdrawal of a top conservative would doom coalition plans. Efforts to forge a bipartisan "grand coalition" of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) suffered a major setback on Monday when SPD chief Franz Muentefering announced he would step aside as party leader. Muentefering...

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...