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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...

2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

2006-03-26 13:43:40

By Noah Barkin and James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition in Berlin. With the votes out of the way, however, pressure is expected to build on Merkel to refocus on her domestic agenda and deliver promised reforms of the healthcare system and labor market. Since taking office in...

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...

2006-03-13 10:43:19

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's public sector strikes, now in their sixth week, are developing into a test of union strength and have exposed cracks between the parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government. The dispute over working hours has pitted Germany's biggest union Verdi against municipal and state government employers in the biggest public sector stoppage since the early 1990s. Tens of thousands of cleaners, nurses, office workers and others...

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 06:02:23

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday not to be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German in Iraq and said terrorism was a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament, Merkel focused on the kidnapping of a German woman who was seized in Iraq on Friday and has been threatened with death. "One thing is clear. This government, this parliament will not let itself be pressured,"...

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...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'