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Merkel quells party rebellion ahead of coalition deal vote

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Merkel has looked severely weakened in recent months given her protracted struggle to put together a viable coalition for her fourth and possibly final term

PARTY LEADER. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel defies critics, vows to govern for full 4-year term

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:46 AM

The veteran leader says she feels no decline of her authority and wants to stay at the helm of Europe's biggest economy until 2021

AT THE HELM. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press conference in Berlin on February 7, 2018. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

German coalition talks drag on into third extra day

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The finish could be in sight, as senior members of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are set to huddle around midday to rake over the results

CDU HQ. Journalists wait outside the Christian Democrats (CDU) headquarters on February 6, 2018 in Berlin as negotiators from German chancellor's CDU, her Bavarian CSU ally and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) gather for one last push to clinch an agreement on a renewed 'grand coalition.' Kay Nietfeld/DPA/AFP

Germany's center-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel

Jan 22, 2018 - 7:06 AM

The SPD's thumbs-up will come as a huge relief to Angela Merkel, staving off the threat of snap polls or the unappealing prospect of leading an unstable minority government

PARTY LEADERS. Martin Schulz (C), leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party, SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles (L) and Rhineland-Palatinate's State Premier Malu Dreyer (R) sing after delegates voted to begin formal coalition talks during an extraordinary SPD party congress in Bonn, western Germany, on January 21, 2018. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Merkel in last-ditch push for German coalition

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Along the way, negotiators need to compromise on policy differences – the SPD is seeking welfare gains while the conservatives are pushing for tax cuts as Germany's public coffers bulge

CHIT-CHAT. The leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talk as they wait to be introduced to the German President during a New Year's reception at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin on January 9, 2018. John MacDougall/AFP

Merkel in new bid to end Germany political impasse

Jan 07, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The week of meetings between Merkel's conservative alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) will examine whether both sides have enough common ground to begin formal coalition negotiations towards a new government

SEAT OF POWER. The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Anger brewing in Germany's SPD against Merkel power pact

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:21 PM

SPD chief Martin Schulz is deeply skeptical about another GroKo power pact, and aware much of his party base is openly hostile to another coalition

TORN. In this file photo, Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democrat SPD party, addresses journalists following a meeting with his party's leadership on December 4, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Germany's center-left torn over new power pact with Merkel

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Party leader Martin Schulz has asked his deeply divided SPD to give him the green light for exploratory talks on joining Merkel in another coalition government starting in early 2018

UNDECIDED YET. Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democrat SPD party, addresses journalists following a meeting with his party's leadership on December 4, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel's conservatives, SPD gear up for 'serious' coalition talks

Nov 28, 2017 - 6:55 AM

This comes as Germany's veteran leader warns time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of challenges

BUNDESTAG. This general view shows a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel urged to swiftly seal repeat coalition with SPD

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:13 AM

Angela Merkel has been scrambling to avert snap elections after arduous talks to form a new government with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the left-leaning Greens broke down a week ago

SUCKING IT UP. This file photo taken on September 18, 2017 shows a placard on a boat featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her then challenger Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic party (SPD), drinking water with straws out of the Spree river and making its way past the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Pressure mounts on SPD to ease German political chaos

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Voices within and outside the SPD have grown louder in questioning Martin Schulz's decision and push for another election

IN LESS CHAOTIC TIMES. In this file photo, Martin Schulz greets delegates after his speech during the Congress of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), on March 19, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Merkel back at the polls before tough coalition talks

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Lower Saxony was forced into a snap vote after the ruling coalition of SPD and the left-leaning Greens collapsed when it lost its wafer-thin majority due to the defection of a single lawmaker

In this file photo, Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Weakened Merkel wins 4th term, hit by nationalist 'earthquake'

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:20 AM

(UPDATED) In a bombshell for the German establishment, the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) captures around 13% of the vote, catapulting it to become the country's third biggest political force

FOURTH TERM. German Chancellor and CDU party leader Angela Merkel (C) addresses supporters after exit poll results were broadcasted on public television at an election night event at the party's headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Voting begins at 0600 GMT in Europe's biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting surprises given Merkel's double-digit poll lead

'FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE' The German national flag is pictured next to the main entrance to the Reichstag building, seat of the German lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin on September 19, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Who will tango with Merkel? German poll battle heats up

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

The battle over the make up of Merkel s fourth government would potentially impact Berlin policy on everything from immigration and Russia relations to climate

IN SESSION. General view shows a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on September 5, 2017. John MacDougall/AFP

At least 37 dead in Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 11:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Malacañang describes the gunman who killed himself as an emotionally disturbed individual

EVACUATION. Employees make a cue outside Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on June 2, 2017. Photo by Vina Salazar/Rappler

Merkel's party faces election dry run in bellwether German state

May 11, 2017 - 11:17 AM

13 1 million voters will cast ballots in North Rhine Westphalia NRW a sprawling industrial area with a big migrant population which has been a Social Democratic Party SPD stronghold for 17 years

CAMPAIGN STOP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an election rally in Haltern am See, western Germany on May 10, 2017. Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Merkel's party easily beats center-left in German state poll

Mar 27, 2017 - 10:12 AM

The vote in the tiny state on the French border which has a population of only one million is seen as a bellwether ahead of the September 24 general election

STATE WINNER. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for the state election in Saarland addresses supporters after exit poll results of the state election in Saarland were announced on public TV in Saarbrucken, south-western Germany on March 26, 2017. Arne Dedert / dpa /AFP

German state votes in election-year test for Merkel

Mar 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Although the state bordering France is home to just one million people its vote half a year before national elections is seen as a test of the Social Democrats rising fortunes

Germany's Social Democrats choose Schulz to challenge Merkel

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Martin Schulz: Starting now the fight begins to become the top party in the country and take over the chancellory

CHALLENGER. Former European parliament president and candidate for Chancellor of Germany's social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz greets delegates after his speech during the Congress of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), on March 19, 2017 in Berlin. John Macdougall/AFP

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' Steinmeier as new president

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:06 PM

3rd UPDATE Former foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier gets 931 of 1 239 valid votes

Former German Foreign Minister and presidential candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier attends a party meeting on February 11, 2017 in Berlin, on the eve of the presidential election. Rainer Jensen / DPA / AFP

Ex EU parliament head Schulz to stand against Germany's Merkel

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The announcement comes after SPD party leader and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel surprised observers by saying he would step aside to make room for Schulz

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz arrive at a press conference at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin on January 24, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Weakened Merkel embarks on tough German election campaign

Dec 08, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Germany s ruling conservatives may have re elected Angela Merkel as their leader once again but they have also sent her into next year s election campaign with a stern warning ringing in her ears

German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps up to the podium during the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party's congress in Essen, western Germany, on December 6, 2016. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Merkel's coalition at odds over next presidential candidate

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:25 AM

With German parties shifting into campaign mode presidential succession discussions have turned into a display of political power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits ahead of the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on October 26, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Bruised by refugee crisis, Merkel faces tough election year

Nov 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

While Merkel s welcome to refugees won her many plaudits it also stoked deep anxieties and boosted a new party to the right of the arch conservative CSU – the populist Alternative for Germany AfD

In this file photo, German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel arrives for a party board meeting in Berlin on August 15, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel braces for populist gains in Berlin elections

Sep 18, 2016 - 10:51 AM

UPDATED A wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees is expected to hit the hip multicultural capital

Election posters of the right extremist NPD (top) and the populist AfD parties for regional elections in Berlin are seen in Berlin's Schoeneweide district on August 15, 2016. Yann Schreiber/AFP

War on drugs: When the police come knocking in posh Makati villages

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The scene is a sharp contrast from operations held along the dark alleys of poorer communities

BRIEF TALK. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Lalduhthlana Ralte, who lives in Forbes Park, allows a PNP SPD chief Tomas Apolinario, two cops, and Barangay Forbes Park Evangeline Manotok inside his home on September 5. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP conducts 'reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang in Forbes Park, Magallanes

Sep 05, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Southern Police District chief Tomas Apolinario says the PNP is not giving any special treatment to residents of posh villages

THROUGH THE GATES. The Makati police conducts Oplan TokHang inside the exclusive Forbes Park in Makati City on September 5. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Anti-euro party extends gains in eastern Germany

Sep 15, 2014 - 7:03 AM

Germany s fledgling anti euro party celebrated election gains in two eastern states in a show of strength that spells a growing threat for Chancellor Angela Merkel s conservatives

Bernd Lucke (L), federal chairman of Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and Alexander Gauland (R), AfD's top candidate for Brandenburg state elections react on the first predictions in Potsdam, Germany, 14 September 2014. Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Lapses in Vhong Navarro case prompts new rules on blotters

Feb 05, 2014 - 5:43 PM

PNP Chief Alan Purisima says police units are not lacking in competent officers and fund support from LGUs to investigate properly; some cops are just lazy

LAPSES COMMITTED. PNP Chief Alan Purisima orders a new protocol for police blotters after the Southern Police District is found to have committed "lapses" in a case involved Vhong Navarro and Deniece Cornejo. File photo by Rappler

Merkel, finally, to be sworn in ending political limbo

Dec 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Eighty six days after Merkel 59 swept to victory in elections but failed to grab an outright majority

BACK IN POWER. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center), along with other top German officials,  arrives for the signing of the new "grand coalition" government agreement at the German Parliament on December 16, 2013. AFP/John Macdougall

Germany's Merkel agrees coalition with Social Democrats

Nov 27, 2013 - 2:10 PM

A key hurdle remains: a binding SPD membership ballot next month must still sign off on the proposed left right grand coalition

COALITION BUILDING. Chairman of the German Christian Social Union (CSU) party, Horst Seehofer (L), and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party arrive at the 'Willy-Brandt-Haus', the headquarters of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) for coalition talks, in Berlin, Germany, 26 November 2013. EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Merkel, defeated rivals agree to seek grand coalition

Oct 17, 2013 - 10:45 PM

Merkel s Christian Democratic Union allies Christian Social Union and center left Social Democratic Party will now formally recommend the launch of coalition talks to their party committees

Merkel set for third round of coalition talks with Social Democrats

Oct 15, 2013 - 12:46 PM

CDU secretary general Hermann Groehe said a formal decision on more talks would be made later Tuesday

CDU TOP BRASS. Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery and German Minister for Special Affairs Ronald Pofalla, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hesse state governor Volker Bouffier and Bavaria state governor and Christian Social Union (CSU) party chairman Horst Seehofer in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2013. EPA/Tim Brakemeier