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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...

2005-11-22 11:49:24

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - An unusual "grand coalition" took power in Germany on Tuesday with two rival parties crossing the aisles of the Reichstag to end nearly four decades of bitter feuding and form a tenuous new government. Burying their hatchets, the center-left Social Democrats helped elect Christian Democrat Angela Merkel -- and then stood to applaud the leader they attacked and belittled in the past. "The 'Cold War' is over," CDU deputy Friedbert Pflueger told...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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