As Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz slug it out for the chancellery, the race for third place in Sunday’s election may end up having an out-sized influence on the next German government.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s main challenger slammed a plan by Germany’s iconic Thyssenkrupp AG and India’s Tata Steel Ltd. to cut thousands of jobs as they merge their European steelmaking operations, moving the headquarters out of Germany to the Netherlands.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opinion-poll lead of close to 15 percentage points is shifting the focus in the final days before the German election to the question of which of three parties -- the Social Democrats, the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens -- will be her coalition partner, or partners, and what that might mean.
Wolfgang Schaeuble can expect to be offered another term as German finance minister if Chancellor Angela Merkel wins re-election on Sept. 24, according to four people familiar with the government’s deliberations.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reached out to the Greens saying they missed out on a prime chance to govern at federal level four years ago, as jostling over possible coalitions began less than two weeks from national elections in Europe’s biggest economy.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit planning suffered a double blow as a top European Union official doubted that trade talks will start next month and the opposition Labour Party prepared to challenge key legislation.
The European Union’s deputy Brexit negotiator told German lawmakers that she’s skeptical talks with the U.K. will be able to move on to trade in October, according to two people present at the closed-door briefing.
Martin Schulz, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s main election opponent, said the race isn’t over yet and evoked his battle with alcoholism as a young man as a reason to keep fighting.
In 2013, when Angela Merkel led her party to its strongest election showing since German reunification, the defeated Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to a “grand coalition” of the two main parties.
Angela Merkel, Germany’s first woman chancellor and its first from the communist east, is seeking to make history with her bid to win a record-tying fourth term in elections on Sept. 24. While polls suggest the vote is unlikely to have the drama of the French election in May, there’s potentially even more at stake: Merkel, the continent’s longest-serving leader, has become the face of the European Union in confronting challenges including Brexit, Russia and disagreements with U.S. President Dona
German carmakers’ cheating on diesel emissions and possible collusion on technology have handed campaign ammunition to parties challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party bloc, which runs the ministry in charge of overseeing the industry.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand the immediate release of a German human-rights activist, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman calling the detention a “serious and sad” turn for German-Turkish relations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had some words of advice for a longtime U.K. expatriate: get yourself a German passport.
Germany sounded the alarm over Italy’s latest bank bailout, saying the apparent bending of European Union rules casts doubt on efforts to further integrate the euro zone.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that the U.K. would be welcomed back to the European Union if the British decided they no longer wanted to quit the bloc.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she remains a “committed trans-Atlanticist” who wants strong ties with the U.S., even as she renewed her warning that reliable relations with her country’s closest post-World War II ally may be a thing of the past.
Chancellor Angela Merkel blamed a “too weak” euro for part of Germany’s trade surplus, telling a group of students that bolstering domestic consumption was the best way to address imbalances with countries such as France.
European authorities are still resisting a U.S. initiative to expand a laptop ban in airline cabins by questioning the potential safety risks, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.
German Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz vowed to step up his bid to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel, signaling he’ll stick to a platform of more public investment, restraint on defense spending and deeper integration in the euro area.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is picking up a tailwind for Germany’s election in September, strengthening her position at home and on the global stage ahead of a series of summits with fellow leaders including President Donald Trump.
For someone who’s rooting for Angela Merkel’s election opponent, labor-union official Josef Huelsduenker has a lot of respect for the chancellor.
Emmanuel Macron’s ascent to the French presidency is stoking an election-year fight over the euro in Germany, as the Social Democrats tell Chancellor Angela Merkel his resounding victory is the signal for her to dump fiscal austerity in Europe.
Emmanuel Macron’s decision to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy as he walked on stage to mark his victory in the French presidential election had pro-Europeans in rapture.
European government officials transmitted cautious optimism about finding common ground with the U.K. over Brexit, distancing themselves from the skepticism of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May vowed she won’t be pushed around in Brexit talks with the European Union as her war of words with Brussels escalates before negotiations even begin.
German lawmakers laid out a sweeping series of conditions for Brexit talks with the U.K., and demanded a say on the final outcome.
The U.K. has made little headway in Germany with efforts to push Britain’s case for a beneficial Brexit deal after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government refused to enter into informal contacts, according to officials on both sides with knowledge of the contacts.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent much of her time in office rejecting proposals to pool euro-area debt. Now it might just help her bid for re-election.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to scrap plans for a border-adjustment tax, adding that European authorities would turn to the World Trade Organization over any trade violations.
Germany’s economy minister says her country will weather Brexit because of its strong global market position, though a new European trade relationship with the U.K. also is needed.
Germany pushed ahead with legislation that threatens social networks such as Facebook Inc. with fines of as much as 50 million euros ($53 million) if they fail to give users the option to complain about hate speech and fake news or refuse to remove illegal content.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government will insist that the U.K. rules out tax “dumping” as part of any trade deal struck during Brexit negotiations, according to a senior official from the German economy ministry.
A key German priority when Brexit talks get under way is locking in an early commitment by the U.K. to pay its European Union bills, two people familiar with the government’s strategy said.
China is leading a stiff defense of the existing system of global trade at Group of 20 talks, pushing back against U.S. demands to move away from multilateral agreements.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble toned down sparring over trade and the euro’s exchange rate, saying the two governments will intensify talks and seek to avert open conflict.
Germany threatened to fine social networks such as Facebook Inc. as much as 50 million euros ($53 million) if they fail to give users the option to complain about hate speech and fake news or refuse to remove illegal content.
The International Monetary Fund is moving toward rejoining Greece’s bailout, according to people familiar with the discussions, suggesting it will meet a condition set by Germany and other euro-area nations for continued aid.
The U.K. and the European Union need to look at innovative solutions to maintain access to financial services in London after Brexit, according to a senior lawmaker in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she learned of Volkswagen AG’s cheating on diesel emissions the day after the U.S. government disclosed it and later told then-CEO Martin Winterkorn that VW had put the German car industry’s reputation at risk.
Five weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, Germany and France are sending senior diplomats to Washington to seek more clarity on the U.S. administration’s foreign policy.
Martin Schulz’s two decades in Brussels and Strasbourg gave him a reputation as a straight-talking champion of Europe who favored doing more to support struggling euro-area countries. Back home, that’s a hard sell.
Executive bonuses are turning into a campaign issue in Germany as the Social Democrats propose curbing manager compensation, putting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc on the spot seven months before national elections.
When it came to wooing Angela Merkel, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron pulled all the stops with a prestigious invitation to address Parliament, box sets of her favorite British crime series and even an invitation to spend his 49th birthday together.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble cautioned the U.K. against a “race to the bottom” on corporate taxation as it leaves the European Union, saying international agreements to combat the practice will apply even after Brexit.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said any negotiations for U.K. banks to gain access to the European Union market will be “very difficult” if they lose so-called passporting rights as Britain exits the EU.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of her refugee policy, the European Union and NATO, saying she’ll stay the course and keep striving for a strong, united Europe.
While celebrating the 2013 election victory that gave her a third term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel reached over a colleague’s shoulder and removed a German flag from his hand. A video of that small gesture, meant to declutter an image she knew would soon rocket around the globe, went viral on social media as purported evidence of Merkel’s lack of patriotism -- and is now spurring an effort to compel companies like Facebook Inc. to rein in hate speech and fake news.
If Angela Merkel is weakened heading into this year’s German election, her main challenger looks weaker still.