Latest Guido Westerwelle Stories

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...

2006-01-20 08:48:54

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government, facing allegations its spies in Iraq secretly abetted the U.S. invasion that Berlin publicly opposed, resisted calls on Friday for a parliamentary inquiry it said would fan anti-Americanism. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Baghdad-based agents of the BND intelligence service had stuck to clear instructions not to pass on operational military information to the Americans at the start of...

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...

2005-09-29 08:05:58

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Thursday she believed her Christian Democrats (CDU) were much more likely to forge a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) than they were with other parties. "The possibility or likelihood of a coalition with the SPD is much higher than the other constellations," Merkel told reporters after a meeting with the liberal Free Democrats (FDP). Merkel had hoped to form a centre-right coalition with the FDP, but the...

2005-09-21 09:01:19

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Greens have agreed to hold talks on forming a new government with Angela Merkel's conservatives after a leading member of Merkel's party called a link with the environmentalist group "a realistic option." The Greens, an ecologist and pacifist party that grew out of the protest movement of the 1960s, said they would meet Merkel's Christian Democrats and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) on Friday, although party chiefs said much...

2005-09-19 08:24:42

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) invited rival liberals and conservatives on Monday to talks on possible coalition pacts, with the proviso that Schroeder remain chancellor. SPD chairman Franz Muentefering said after a meeting of the party executive that he had sent invitations to all Germany's major parties, excluding the new Left Party. "We have a responsibility to make clear that we want to rule with Mr Schroeder as chancellor and implement a...

2005-09-19 07:14:05

By Mark John BERLIN (Reuters) - The euro tumbled and German shares slid on Monday after Germany's general election gave Angela Merkel's conservatives a victory so tight that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refused to concede defeat. Fears that political deadlock would ruin prospects of major tax and labor market reform in Europe's largest economy drove the euro down 1 percent to a 7-week low against the dollar, while stocks in Frankfurt fell 2 percent at the start. Preliminary results...

Word of the Day
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'