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Premier of tiny Saarland new secretary general of Merkel's CDU: paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, premier in the tiny western state of Saarland, is to take over as secretary general of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday.

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Leading SPD mayors back coalition with Merkel, poll shows

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading Social Democrat (SPD) mayors favor joining a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Sunday, boosting the prospects of the center-left party backing the alliance in a ballot starting this week.

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As support falls, German SPD sees 'no Plan B' to Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the party's leader-in-waiting said she had "no Plan B" should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Minority government better than SPD alliance: top German conservative argues

BERLIN (Reuters) - An influential member of Angela Merkel's conservatives on Friday urged the German chancellor to form a minority government instead of a planned alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD), saying the SPD would not be a reliable partner.

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Two-thirds of SPD supporters back German grand coalition: poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two thirds of supporters of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) back forming a coalition government with Angela Merkel's conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

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German Coalition Deal Has Both Sides Sour, Even Before the Ink Dries

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to make a spirited defense, while her prospective partner, head of the Social Democrats, was pushed aside.

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A New Home for Angela Davis’s Papers (and Her ‘Wanted’ Poster)

The papers of Angela Davis, just acquired by Harvard, trace her evolution from obscure philosophy professor to global icon to prophetic voice on mass incarceration.

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German SPD leader invokes Europe to sell coalition deal with Merkel

VILSHOFEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) must seize the opportunity to reform the European Union in a new governing alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the party's interim leader said on Wednesday in appealing to members to back their coalition deal.

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German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the center-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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UK PM May to meet Germany's Merkel on Friday

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday as Britain and its European Union partners head into crunch negotiations about Brexit.

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Factbox: Who could wield the knife? Scenarios for a Merkel exit

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is heading into her final term as German chancellor, a close ally conceded on Monday, intensifying the jockeying over the succession to Europe's most powerful leader.

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Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.

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The Interpreter: Paving Over Differences, Europe’s Centrists Risk Rougher Ride

Coalition governments between the center-right and center-left, like the deal reached in Germany by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats, may lead to more instability, not less.

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Merkel defends painful coalition concessions, denies authority waning

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended "painful" concessions she has made to the Social Democrats (SPD) to secure a fourth term and said growing criticism among her conservatives was not a sign that her authority was waning.

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Merkel dodges question on Poland's new Holocaust law

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to comment on Saturday on a Polish law that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, saying she did not want to wade into Poland's internal affairs.

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Critics in Merkel's conservatives vow to block coalition projects

BERLIN (Reuters) - The business wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday vowed to block certain projects included in this week's coalition agreement with the Social Democrats (SPD), as tensions roiled both political blocs.

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German SPD boss drops foreign minister bid to shore up support for coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - The embattled leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) abruptly gave up plans on Friday to become its next foreign minister, hoping to shore up support among SPD members for a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.

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Few cheers at home for Germany's last-resort coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) partners faced a chorus of scepticism on Thursday as allies and opponents alike criticized a loveless coalition deal that some said showed the German chancellor's time was coming to an end.

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Merkel under fire from own ranks over German coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives on Thursday for making concessions to her center-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.

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Europe Edition: Angela Merkel, Winter Olympics, Corsica: Your Thursday Briefing

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Merkel's conservatives make big concessions to SPD in coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives made major concessions to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to agree a coalition deal on Wednesday that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after four months of uncertainty.

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Angela Merkel Reaches Deal to Form Coalition Government in Germany

The agreement is contingent on the approval of nearly half a million registered members of the Social Democratic Party, who will vote by mail.

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German parties reach coalition deal in principle: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed 'in principle' on Wednesday on a coalition deal, sources involved in the talks said, taking Europe's economic powerhouse a step closer to a new government.

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German coalition negotiators push through until dawn

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night into Wednesday in a marathon final push to try to nail down a new coalition agreement.

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Merkel ready for 'painful compromises' with coalition deal in sight

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was ready to make "painful compromises" to clinch a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader said Tuesday was "decision day" for negotiators after months of political uncertainty.

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German parties add another day in last-ditch push for coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) plan to continue negotiations on Tuesday as they struggle to reach agreement on healthcare and labor reforms - the final hurdles to another "grand coalition".

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German parties make final push for coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) reconvened on Monday to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labor policy, the stumbling blocks in the way of another "grand coalition."

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German parties to tackle labor, healthcare in extra round of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will try on Monday to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labor policy - the final stumbling blocks in the way of another "grand coalition."

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German coalition talks to continue on Monday and focus on health and labor

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) failed to conclude coalition negotiations in time to meet a self-imposed Sunday deadline but have made progress and will reconvene on Monday, SPD members said.

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UPDATE 1-German coalition negotiators may drop proposal to abolish air transport tax - source

BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Negotiators for a new grand coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats may drop a proposal to progressively abolish Germany's air transport tax, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Sunday.

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Merkel: German coalition talks tough, Sunday finish uncertain

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) as they strive to form a ruling coalition, and it was unclear when they would be able to wrap up the talks.

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Merkel: German coalition talks to be tough, unclear when they'll end

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday as they seek to form a coalition government and it was unclear when the two blocs would be able to wrap up the talks.

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Germany's potential coalition partners wrangle over health and labor

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) sought to resolve disputes on healthcare and labor rules on Saturday during talks to form a government more than four months after an election.

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Germany's potential coalition partners seek to overcome health, labor disputes

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) battled on Saturday to find solutions to disputes on healthcare and labor rules as they discuss forming a government more than four months after an election.

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Merkel suggests changes could be made to new online hate speech law

BERLIN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled on Saturday that she was prepared to consider changes to a widely criticised new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech.

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German parties edge closer to coalition with migration deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their would-be partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), have made major progress in talks on forming a coalition government but remain at odds on issues like labor rules, a senior SPD member said on Friday.

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German parties in coalition talks haggle over labor rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) were haggling on Friday over labor rights after securing a flurry of agreements on less contentious issues in their talks on forming a new coalition government.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How Millennials Are Changing German Politics

A new generation is challenging Angela Merkel and her process-oriented leadership.

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Merkel says Germany needs solutions for cities with high emissions

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said federal officials would work with German cities facing particularly high air pollution to rapidly develop specific solutions to cut emissions while avoiding driving bans on diesel cars.

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Merkel allies hopeful of German coalition deal by end of weekend

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives expressed optimism on Thursday that coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) would be wrapped up on Sunday, signaling an end to four months of political limbo in Germany.

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German parties agree on pensions as coalition talks progress

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives agreed with their would-be Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Wednesday to cap pension contributions, a sign of steady progress in coalition talks which both sides aim to conclude within a week.

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Compromise, German SPD's Schulz urges his own party and Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) called on party rank-and-file to show readiness to compromise when they vote on the outcome of coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, amid growing nervousness about the ballot.

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Greens' centrist dash threatens Germany's beleaguered SPD

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Greens broke with their broad-church tradition on Saturday by electing as leaders two figures from the centrist wing, a move that would make them more palatable as coalition partners for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Parties aim to wrap up German coalition talks by next weekend

BERLIN (Reuters) - Negotiators thrashing out a new coalition deal between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) aim to wrap up talks by next weekend, in a sign Germany's months-long political limbo could be nearing an end.

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Leaders promise swift end to Germany's four-month limbo

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives opened coalition talks with their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Friday, promising swift progress in negotiations aimed at ending four months of political limbo in Europe's largest economy.

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The final straight: party leaders launch German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives open coalition talks with their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Friday, four months after the September election that left Europe's largest economy in an unprecedented state of political limbo.

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How the Indy Star and Rachael Denhollander took down Larry Nassar

After 156 women came forward to say they were abused by Larry Nassar, Michigan Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis singled out for praise the organization that started the reckoning with the disgraced doctor's two decades of sexual abuse.

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On eve of Trump trip, EU leaders warn against nationalism

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - European leaders warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday against a return to nationalism, with France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Angela Merkel calling for more global cooperation to harness the forces of globalization.

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Ahead of Trump's Davos visit, European leaders warn against nationalism

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and Italy warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday against a return to nationalism and protectionism, with Angela Merkel evoking the two world wars and openly questioning whether the world had learned from them.

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Membership momentum threatens to derail SPD coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Wednesday considered tightening rules on new members' voting rights after campaigners against a renewed coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives succeeded in triggering a surge in applications.

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Hurry up, German conservative urges Social Democrats on coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has urged Social Democrats (SPD) to finish coalition talks within two to three weeks, warning that Germans were losing trust in democracy after months without a new government.

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Europe is breathing a sigh of relief over Germany

There was an almost audible sigh of relief from Europe's capitals on Sunday night when the German Social Democrats (SPD) voted for formal negotiations with Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union. Failure to endorse the proposed plan for government would have thrown Europe into another existential crisis it could ill afford.

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Slowly, Germany begins to ponder life after Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - She has not faced a credible challenge to her rule as German chancellor for more than 12 years. Now, members of Angela Merkel's conservatives are starting to look ahead to potential alternatives to lead their party and country.

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German election would further harm SPD, Schulz warns

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats on Friday urged members of his center-left party to endorse coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives or risk facing new elections that could further damage the party.

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Merkel and Macron look to turn warm ties into reform goals

PARIS (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron will spend more than five hours together in Paris on Friday, putting on a show of Franco-German unity as they try to agree on reforms to the euro zone.

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Leader of German Social Democrats' youth wing could be Merkel's nemesis

BERLIN (Reuters) - On the face of it, a fresh-faced, hoodie-wearing 28-year-old is an unlikely threat to the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), let alone to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Europe Edition: Angela Merkel, Brexit, Winter Olympics: Your Thursday Briefing

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Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party's already dire ratings.

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My Detox: Persimmons for Breakfast, Two (Healthy) Ways

Each November, chef Angela Dimayuga gets a shipment of the fruit from her mother — and blends them into smoothies or puts them on top of porridge.

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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

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German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats vowed on Sunday to press for improvements to a coalition blueprint they have agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, seeking to win over skeptical party members who can torpedo the agreement.

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Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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No Grand Coalition! Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road

WERNIGERODE, Germany (Reuters) - Opponents of a renewed German "grand coalition" took to the road on Saturday, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years.

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Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.

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Coalition deal leaves Merkel's fate in hands of Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term.

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France's Macron welcomes Merkel's deal with Social Democrats, says good for Europe

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed a deal in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.

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Merkel wants to seal coalition deal with SPD swiftly: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to conclude negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) on forming a coalition government by mid-February, a source in her conservative party said on Friday.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree on German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD clinch deal in coalition talks: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Friday on a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Twenty-one hours and counting: German coalition talks drag on

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) worked through the night on Thursday to resolve differences on taxes, migration and other issues blocking formation of a new "grand coalition" government.

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German coalition talks drag on, president warns Europe at stake

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party grouping and Social Democrats (SPD) toiled deep into the night on Thursday to overcome differences on tax cuts and other issues that threatened to block a new "grand coalition" government.

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Germany's future: Merkel without Merkelism

Four months after Germans went to the polls, the country still doesn't have its new government in place. And Thursday may be the last chance for Chancellor Angela Merkel to strike a deal or face the prospect of a new election. 

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Opinion: What the leadership of Germany's Merkel will look like without Merkelism

Amid all of the uncertainty of Germany's laborious search for a new government, the one certainty is that, in the end, Angela Merkel will be Chancellor again.

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Merkel sees 'tough day' in crunch German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives still had high hurdles to clear in Thursday's talks on forming a coalition with Social Democrats (SPD) pressing for accelerated European integration.

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German SPD leader says still 'big hurdles' to clear in coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz said on Thursday his party had found common ground with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in many areas but there were still "big hurdles" to clear before they could agree to join a governing coalition.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Is Angela Merkel Done For?

With Germany unable to form a new government, more people are calling for her to step aside. But for whom?

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German Social Democrats wary as coalition talks enter crunch stage

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrats sounded downbeat about their coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, a day before both camps decide whether they want to move to formal negotiations on establishing a new government.

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Editorial: Europe Listens Anxiously as Germans Talk

The world is in urgent need of strong leadership from Berlin, so Angela Merkel needs to form a government quickly.

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Agreement on tax cuts raises prospects for German coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to provide income tax relief for high earners, a source said on Monday, signaling progress in their talks on forming a coalition government.

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Europe Edition: Stephen Bannon, Golden Globes, Angela Merkel: Your Monday Briefing

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as she seeks to revive grand coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could cut a deal as they began five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as seeks to revive grand coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could cut a deal as they began five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as starts government talks with center-left

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could agree to join forces as they embarked on five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Merkel optimistic at start of government talks with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was "optimistic" going into exploratory talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader Martin Schulz said his party would not draw any red lines at the start of discussions.

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Cornered Merkel launches talks with SPD in bid to secure fourth term

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than three months after a German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is still scrambling to form a new government and will on Sunday launch a five-day attempt to persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to join a coalition with her conservatives.

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Back at It Again: German Leaders Try to Form a Government

Immigration, health care and European unity are among the sticking points as Chancellor Angela Merkel works to build a coalition.

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Second time lucky? Merkel starts over with coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by an election setback in September, launches a second bid to build a coalition government on Sunday when she sits down with the Social Democrats (SPD) for exploratory talks.

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Last chance? Merkel maneuvers for coalition re-run with SPD

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will put her reputation as Europe's consummate consensus-builder on the line on Wednesday, when she launches a second bid to form a coalition government after weeks of sniping between its would-be partners.

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German conservatives call for age tests for minors seeking asylum

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Bavarian allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party on Tuesday said minors seeking asylum should undergo medical age tests, a measure the German Medical Association said could be a violation of ethics.

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Essay: How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

Poor black lives weren’t depicted in the serious fiction of Hughes’s day. As Angela Flournoy notes, his debut novel, “Not Without Laughter,” changed that.

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German parties at odds ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) traded barbs about migration and tax cuts on Tuesday amid mounting questions about whether they can agree to renew the "grand coalition" that ruled Germany for the past four years.

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Merkel’s Wishes for 2018: More Empathy and a New Government

In her New Year’s address, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany promised to work swiftly on a new coalition, and to help heal rifts in society.

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In address, Merkel promises more work on social divisions

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under mounting pressure after three months of failing to form a new conservative-led coalition, vowed on Sunday to address growing social divisions.

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German lawmaker blasts EU for opposing Niki sale to Lufthansa

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government will probably lose a 150 million-euro government-backed loan to insolvent Air Berlin because the European Union opposed Lufthansa's purchase of Air Berlin's Austrian unit, Niki, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said on Sunday.

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Merkel eyes social cohesion as she presses for new government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure after three months of failing to form a new ruling coalition, on Sunday vowed to address growing social divisions as she worked rapidly to build a stable German government.

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Schaeuble does not rule out minority government for Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Saturday urged quick formation of a new government by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats, but said he could not rule out a minority government if no deal is reached.

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Spend on defense, Merkel's allies say, widening gap with SPD

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party (CSU) has proposed increasing Germany's defense spending to a level that widens a policy gap with the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of talks on forming a governing coalition.