Merkel to tap rumoured successor for top party role
The popular female premier of tiny Saarland state is set to take over as secretary general of Angela Merkel's conservative party, sources said Monday, fuelling speculation the chancellor is lining up her potential successor.
Relieved Merkel clinches hard-fought deal on new government
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats sealed a deal on a new coalition Wednesday, potentially ending four months of political deadlock in Europe's top economy.
Confidence grows for deal on new Merkel government
Talks between the top German parties on forming a new government for Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth term spilled into overtime Monday but confidence appeared to be growing they would strike a deal.
As coalition haggling resumes, Merkel races to shore up power
Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for a quick end to the last stretch of tortuous negotiations to forge a government for Germany, in a race against time to stop her power slipping away at home and abroad.
Merkel risks leading weak 'losers' coalition for Germany
Germany's veteran chancellor Angela Merkel, often called the world's most powerful woman, will embark on a fourth term with diminished influence and little vision for shaping Europe's future, analysts say.
Merkel moves a step closer to new Germany coalition government
Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives reached a breakthrough deal Friday with Germany's second biggest party, the Social Democrats, toward building a new coalition government that would give Europe a "fresh start".
Merkel resumes talks to end political stalemate
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives resume on Wednesday drawn-out talks with Germany's second biggest party aimed at ending months of post-election stalemate and forming a coalition government.
Putin calls for 'pragmatic cooperation' in New Year wishes to Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for "pragmatic cooperation" in his New Year wishes to US President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said on Saturday.