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.
After protracted talks, Angela Merkel’s conservatives have made a deal with the Social Democrats for a new coalition contract in Germany. The SPD confirmed this in a message to its members, who will have the final say.
The Catholic bishopric of Eichstätt in Bavaria has incurred heavy losses in dubious overseas investments, German newspaper “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” reported.
Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats plan to continue talks on Tuesday as they struggle to reach agreement on healthcare and labor reforms – the final hurdles to another “grand coalition”.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Israel on Wednesday that it faced growing frustration in Europe amid concern for the future of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Germany’s top parties still had several “very serious differences” to bridge ahead of next week’s deadline for sealing a coalition deal.
German Federal Police recorded almost 100 attacks on Christians or Christian institutions in Germany in 2017.