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2005-09-19 08:14:17

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel will be fighting for her political life in difficult coalition negotiations in the next few weeks after her party's disastrous showing in Sunday's election. The crushing disappointment of the result, which saw an apparently invincible opinion poll lead fade to a wafer-thin advantage of three seats in parliament over the next biggest party -- and no governing majority -- has badly weakened her. If she...

2005-09-16 06:31:01

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his conservative rival Angela Merkel will break with tradition and battle into the weekend for every last vote in Sunday's cliffhanger election. A poll by the Forsa institute released on Friday put support for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) at 41-43 percent, well ahead of the 32-34 percent for Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD). But much is still at...

2005-09-10 09:51:36

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder gained further ground on challenger Angela Merkel in a poll on Saturday and conservatives feared they could again squander a big poll lead to lose another general election. With just days left before the election on September 18, a new survey on Saturday by the Emnid institute for Focus magazine showed the Christian Democrats (CDU) falling another 1.5 points to 40.5 percent in the last week while Schroeder's...

2005-09-08 10:38:08

By James Mackenzie BERLIN, Sept 8 - German conservative challenger Angela Merkel does not have enough support to form a center-right coalition, even though her Christian Democrats remain the strongest party, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. The poll, by Infratest dimap for ARD public television, was the third this week to show that Merkel's once-solid lead ahead of the German election on September 18 has shrunk since a television debate with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on...

2005-09-08 08:56:45

By James Mackenzie BERLIN, Sept 8 - An opinion poll on Thursday showed conservative challenger Angela Merkel does not have enough support to form a center-right coalition, even though her Christian Democrats (CDU) remains the strongest party. The poll, by Infratest dimap for ARD public television, was the third this week to show that Merkel's lead has shrunk since a television debate with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Sunday. It adds to signs she may be forced into a so-called...

2005-08-24 07:35:15

By Noah Barkin MAGDEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A grinning Gerhard Schroeder leapt onto a giant stage in this 1,200-year-old German city on the River Elbe this week to thumping music and applause from several thousand Social Democratic (SPD) supporters. But by the end of his 40-minute stump speech, loud whistles and jeers from a distant fenced-off crowd of angry protesters had drowned out the cheers and twisted the German chancellor's confident smile into a tense glare. With only...


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