Too little, too late? Merkel comes to Chemnitz to ease ethnic tensions, but faces mass protest

German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally visited the eastern German city of Chemnitz, more than two months after massive right-wing protests there. However, twenty times as many people came to protest against her than to see her. In late August, the city of Chemnitz witnessed a surge of anti-immigrant sentiment after the fatal stabbing of a […]

‘Unconstitutional’: Neutral Austria wants no part of European army proposed by Macron, Merkel

If Germany and France get their wish of developing a European army, Austria wants no part of it. The defense minister’s office said it would opt out, as it would conflict with Vienna’s constitution and neutrality. Defense Minister Mario Kunasek’s office told Kurier newspaper that while Austria has no details on the army proposed by […]

Merkel will not seek new term as chancellor & CDU chair as party faces support slump

Angela Merkel has said she will not seek re-election as Germany’s chancellor as well as CDU’s party chair. The decision comes after a debacle for her party in the local elections in the federal state of Hesse. On Sunday, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) received 28 percent of the votes. Although that was more support […]

New Loew for Merkel: Strange parallels in politics & football after Germany’s World Cup disaster

Side-by-side Joachim Loew and Angela Merkel have overseen an era of German political stability and sporting success. Inscrutable heads of institutions that have dominated Europe and beyond. And both could soon be out of a job. An early World Cup exit for Die Mannschaft, and the spectre of political defeat for Merkel in Berlin, Bavaria […]

Germans split on whether Merkel should remain chancellor, poll shows amid coalition feud

A new poll shows that some 43 percent of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel should step down. It comes amid fears that her rift with Bavaria over ‘open-door’ migrant policy may plunge the coalition into crisis. A YouGov poll, which was conducted ahead of Sunday’s emergency EU meeting called by Merkel in an attempt […]

Berlin, Paris agree on eurozone budget, Merkel says after talks with Macron

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to create a eurozone budget charged with boosting investment. The move would also promote economic convergence between the currency bloc’s 19 member states, according to the German leader. “We are opening a new chapter,” Merkel said after talks with Macron in Berlin […]

Germany debunks Twitter hoax saying government dissolved — but Merkel really is in trouble over refugees

Thomson Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) – Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) party moved swiftly on Friday to deny it planned to dissolve its decades-old alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, after a report to that effect appeared on a hoax Twitter account. Hans Michelbach, deputy head of the CSU faction in the federal parliament, said […]

Man 'shouting in foreign language' lunges at Merkel in street as she leaves Bundestag (VIDEO)

Police have averted a possible assault on Angela Merkel shortly after she left the parliament, where MPs earlier voted to reelected her as the German Chancellor. A man tried to force her way to her but was quickly apprehended. As the newly elected chancellor left the building of the German Bundestag (the lower house of […]

Beer buddies: Merkel sends Putin bottles of German booze, Russian leader reveals

Beer enthusiasts the world over appreciate German varieties, and the Russian president is no exception. Chancellor Angela Merkel even sends Vladimir Putin a few bottles of Saxony-brewed pilsner, the president has revealed. Read more “From time to time, Angela sends me a few bottles of Radeberger beer,” the Russian leader said in the documentary film […]

‘You have to call it by name’: Merkel publicly admits ‘no-go areas’ in Germany

“No-go areas” do exist in Germany, Angela Merkel admitted in an interview, adding that the arrival of “so many refugees” in the country “has raised multiple questions.” Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it’s time for the authorities to […]