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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...

2006-01-27 09:57:44

By Nick Antonovics BERLIN (Reuters) - Johannes Rau, a prominent figure in post-war German politics and the country's first head of state to address Israel's parliament in German, died on Friday. He was 75. Rau, who had been ill for some time following three operations in 2004, died at home in the presence of members of his family, his office said. "Germany has lost a exceptional personality," Chancellor Angela Merkel said. A Social Democrat (SPD), Rau served as Germany's eighth...

2006-01-02 21:28:53

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel worked as a cocktail waitress in a disco while studying physics in Communist East Germany and later moved into an empty East Berlin flat as a squatter after leaving her first husband. These are among the illuminating details to emerge about Germany's first female chancellor in a new biography entitled "Merkel, Macht, Politik" ("Merkel, Power, Politics") by German journalist Patricia Lessnerkraus. As a child, Merkel struggled to...

2005-11-23 03:23:50

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel may have made bolstering relations with the United States a foreign policy priority, but she is following longstanding precedent by traveling to Paris on her first foreign visit. Both her predecessors Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Kohl began with visits to Paris, pledging to uphold the Franco-German axis that has underpinned postwar German foreign policy. Merkel's brief visit on Wednesday, the day after her...

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...

2005-11-21 18:15:13

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is set to become Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday, but must avoid infighting in a coalition with former leftist foes to implement reforms designed to revive Europe's largest economy. The 51-year-old pastor's daughter, also set to be the first chancellor to have grown up in Germany's formerly communist east, is widely expected to win strong backing from parliament to take over the post from Gerhard Schroeder. But a majority...

2005-10-26 03:25:31

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's outgoing chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, began his first term in office in 1998 eyeing the success of reformist British leader Tony Blair and pledging a joint German-British drive to revive Europe's center left. As Schroeder prepares to visit London on Thursday for what looks likely to be his final European Union summit, old newspaper cuttings reporting plans by him and Blair for a "Third Way" in politics look quaint after a sharp...

2005-10-17 11:04:04

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Several leading conservative rivals of German chancellor-designate Angela Merkel were nominated on Monday to join her cabinet in a planned power-sharing government with the Social Democrats (SPD). As coalition negotiations between Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the SPD got under way, her conservatives named respected CDU veteran Wolfgang Schaeuble to head the Interior Ministry, a position he also held under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl....

2005-10-17 08:29:56

BERLIN (Reuters) - Several leading conservative rivals of German chancellor-designate Angela Merkel were nominated on Monday to join her cabinet in a planned "grand coalition" government with the Social Democrats (SPD). Four days after the SPD unveiled its own candidates for a Merkel-led government, the conservatives named Wolfgang Schaeuble to head the Interior Ministry, a position he held once before under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Schaeuble, whose relations with Merkel have...

2005-10-13 08:13:18

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl promised them "flourishing landscapes" but the states of ex-communist East Germany risk falling into a vicious circle of depopulation and shrinking investment, according to a new study. The report, published on Thursday by the state-owned KfW development bank, projected the population of the six eastern states would decline by a quarter between 2002 and 2050, compared with a drop of six percent in the west. The pool of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'