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German MPs elect incumbent Angela Merkel as chancellor for third term

Germany’s parliament elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for a third term Tuesday, ending nearly three months of uncertainty since elections that forced her to seek a ‘grand coalition’ with her rivals. Merkel, 59, who is now set to govern Europe’s top economy for another four years, was re-elected by 462…

What does another Merkel win mean for Europe?

A projection of German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel being congratulated by a party member, is beamed onto the side of the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, the German parliamentary library, in Berlin on Sunday…  …

Man on Ecstasy parties in his underwear for hours on Angela Merkel’s empty jet

A man in his underwear evaded police for hours on a jet intended for use by German chancellor Angela Merkel in the German city of Cologne last month. According to the magazine Der Spiegel, the man was tripping on the drug MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) as he danced on…

German chancellor Angela Merkel to make historic visit to Nazis’ Dachau camp

Angela Merkel will become the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau as she steps up warnings about the far-right threat while campaigning for a third term. Ahead of an evening election rally in Dachau, northwest of Munich, Merkel will arrive at the memorial at 1645…

Obama lauds ‘positive steps’ to tackle euro crisis

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama called German counterpart Angela Merkel on Tuesday to welcome “positive steps” taken by the European Union to ease its smoldering debt crisis, the White House said. Hours after the EU and the private sector inked a 237-billion-euro ($310 billion) bailout designed to keep Greece…

Leaders meet on crunch weekend for European banking

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagardearrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy on a crunch weekend for the European debt crisis. She made no comment as she went into the Elysee palace. After their talks, Sarkozy was to head to Berlin on Sunday to meetGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel,…

Euro chiefs race to prop up banks

Facing renewed calls by US President Barack Obama for swift action to tackle its debt crisis, eurozone leaders raced Friday to stave off a credit crunch with talks in Berlin and Athens. Efforts now seem focused on reassuring investors that Europe’s banks are safe, to dispel fears of a possible…

Merkel wins key euro vote, Greece gets audit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday won a crucial vote on boosting the EU’s rescue fund that was seen as a perilous test of her authority as debt-mired Greece braced for an international audit. The news came as a relief to Merkel, but jittery markets took the result in their stride,…

Europe has ‘thrown away’ recovery: Brown

Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel have used the wrong measures to resolve the eurozone debt crisis and thrown away the chances of recovery, former prime minister Gordon Brown said Sunday. Brown said the French president and the German chancellor were exacerbating the financial crisis, which he said was “predictable,” in…

Germany will ‘exit’ nuclear power industry, Merkel vows

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe’s top economy mulled a “measured exit” from nuclear power after the events in Japan. “We want to reach the age of renewable energy as soon as possible. That is our…

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