France’s new President Emmanuel Macron secured backing on Monday from key ally Chancellor Angela Merkel for his bid to shake up the EU, despite scepticism in Berlin over his proposed reforms.
The government is mulling moving its troops out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base after a second snub by Ankara. A German political delegation was denied approval to visit Bundeswehr soldiers at the military facility.
The leadership of Austria’s conservative People’s Party ÖVP), the junior party in the country’s coalition government, has appointed Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz as its new head, Kurz told a news conference on Sunday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won 33 percent of the vote in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state election on Sunday, official projections showed.
Austria’s grand coalition was on the brink of collapse Friday after Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, the de-facto leader of its center-right party, signaled he didn’t believe the government should continue.
Austria’s vice chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said he would step down, setting stage for political shake-up. He will also abandon all positions in the Austrian People’s Party.
Pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron decisive victory has raised hopes in Berlin that Germany and France can kick-start their stalled partnership.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had emphatically thrown her support behind Macron against his far-right, anti-EU challenger Marine Le Pen, aware that the very existence of the European Union was at stake in the vote.
During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries.
Saudi Arabia will not buy more weapons from Germany, and concentrate instead on economic cooperation in other sectors, a report said.