German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU’s next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down.
The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has overtaken the Social Democrats (SPD) in a national opinion poll for the first time. The news comes as the SPD begins a crucial vote on a coalition with Angela Merkel.
More than 100,000 Austrians have signed a petition against the government’s scrapping of a complete ban on smoking in the country’s bars and restaurants.
Free Democrats leader Christian Lindner has offered to prop up a minority government led by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats. But he also predicted that such an arrangement wouldn’t last very long.
Schulz stepped down with immediate effect on Tuesday and said the party’s committee had backed parliamentary floor leader Andrea Nahles as his successor.
The German government is considering several measures for improving the quality of air in major cities, including making all inner city public transport free to use.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Sunday to serve another full four-year term despite growing criticism within her conservative ranks of the sweeping concessions she made to hold onto power.
A topless activist caused an upset in Vienna on Thursday as she burst onto the red carpet of a high-society ball live on television to protest the attendance of Ukraine’s president.
SPD head Martin Schulz has abandoned his bid to serve as Germany’s foreign minister. Schulz said he hopes his decision will prevent SPD party members from rejecting a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel’s deal with the Social Democrats was greeted with more skepticism than joy, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor’s time was coming to an end.