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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...

2005-10-16 09:51:41

By Dave Graham BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel faces her first big test since securing the right to lead Germany as she takes her conservatives into talks on Monday aimed at forming a "grand coalition" with their bitter rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD). The talks, which are expected to last up to four weeks, will try to map out a political course for the next four years in Europe's largest economy and will focus on how to remedy its chief woes, unemployment, weak growth and...

2005-10-10 01:28:44

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's bitter leadership feud between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel is expected to be settled on Monday after a new round of talks to agree the shape of a coalition government. Schroeder and Social Democrat (SPD) chairman Franz Muentefering will meet for a third, and probably final, time at 11 a.m. (0500 EDT) on Monday with Merkel and her ally, Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Edmund Stoiber. The four...

2005-10-09 18:06:43

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans are expected to learn on Monday who will take charge of their country, after talks between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative rival Angela Merkel aimed at settling the bitter leadership feud. Schroeder and Social Democrat (SPD) chairman Franz Muentefering are to sit down for a third, and probably final, time from 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Monday with Merkel and her ally, Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Edmund Stoiber. The...

2005-10-09 17:37:09

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel delayed resolving a bitter row over who should lead Germany after Sunday talks to lay the basis for a coalition government of their rival parties. Schroeder, Merkel and their chief allies, respectively Social Democrat (SPD) chairman Franz Muentefering and Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Edmund Stoiber, ended 3-1/2 hour discussions shortly before midnight without a word. The...

2005-09-22 05:59:12

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) laid claim on Thursday to being the top party in Germany's inconclusive election, sparking a heated row with Angela Merkel's conservatives before key coalition talks. Hours before the rival parties meet for the first time since the tight vote, SPD chief Franz Muentefering said he considered Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their sister Christian Social Union (CSU) to be two separate...

2005-09-21 21:11:09

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats and Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats meet on Thursday for the first time since inconclusive elections to try resolve disputes over who should run Germany. But with the two leading parties apparently still far apart after Sunday's elections, warnings mounted from industry that political deadlock could hit growth and investment in Europe's largest economy, already stagnating and in need of...

2005-07-05 12:35:45

AUGSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A court on Tuesday summonedformer Chancellor Helmut Kohl and several ex-ministers totestify in a corruption trial that could embarrass Germany'sopposition before a planned election. Holger Pfahls, a junior defense minister in Kohl'sgovernments, has admitted accepting millions of deutschemarksin kickbacks from an arms dealer to help smooth the delivery ofarmored personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s. The court's decision, on a request from...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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