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2006-08-21 09:49:10

By Tom Armitage BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed aside sinking popularity polls on Monday, saying her government had cleaned up its finances and boosted prospects for economic growth. "We are coming out of our debt spiral," she told a news conference after returning to Berlin from a hiking holiday in the Alps with her husband. "Germany is no longer seen as the sick man of Europe." During her vacation, Merkel suffered a barrage of criticism over her...

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 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...

2006-03-26 01:32:13

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans began voting in three regional elections on Sunday that are widely expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms. 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 conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social...

2006-02-07 09:44:24

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's deft diplomatic touch was on display at a weekend security conference in Munich, where she wooed top U.S. officials with tough talk on Iran and vows of support for the NATO alliance. But after winning plaudits for a string of foreign policy successes in her first months in office, the chancellor is under pressure to shift her attention to the domestic front, where a stop-start economy and messy coalition politics await her. "Any...

2005-11-30 07:47:05

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday her new government would not be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German woman in Iraq and called terrorism a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament since replacing Gerhard Schroeder as German leader last week, Merkel focused on the case of a German archaeologist held hostage in Iraq since Friday and threatened with death. "This...

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...

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...

2005-11-22 04:57:06

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel received broad backing in a vote in parliament on Tuesday to become Germany's first woman chancellor. The conservative Merkel won 397 votes in the 614-seat Bundestag lower house, the parliamentary speaker said, easily securing the majority she needed to become Germany's eighth post-war chancellor and the first to have grown up in the former communist east. She and her cross-party cabinet of conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) will be sworn in...