BERLIN (Reuters) – A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor was willing to come to Germany to assist investigations into alleged U.S. surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Hans-Christian Stroebele, a legislator for the opposition Greens party, told German broadcaster ARD it was clear Snowden “knew a lot” and that he would share details of their surprise meeting including a letter from Snowden addressed to the German government and chief federal prosecutor on Friday.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will send its top intelligence chiefs to Washington next week to seek answers from the White House on allegations that U.S. security officials tapped the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel has demanded action from President Barack Obama, not just apologetic words, following the accusations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) accessed tens of thousands of French phone records as well as monitoring her own private phone.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday over suspicions Washington may have bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and a leading German politician said a free trade deal would be hard to agree if the U.S. was infringing privacy.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s personal summons to the ambassador, a day after Merkel called U.S. President Barack Obama to demand clarification, showed how seriously Berlin was taking the issue, which has caused outrage in Germany.
A German bishop under pressure to resign for spending around 31 million euros ($42 million) on a luxurious residence said he had been heartened by a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Monday.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday, after promising to wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal pay and infrastructure investment.
Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming a new government can now begin on Wednesday, a month after an election saw her conservatives emerge as the biggest political force but needing a partner to form a majority.
BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Leaders of Germany’s Social
Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start
coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday, after promising to
wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal
pay and transaction tax.
Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming
a new German government can now begin on Wednesday, a month
after an election saw her conservatives emerge as the biggest
political force but needing a partner to form a majority.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens ruled out any further coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives early on Wednesday, leaving the chancellor to focus on discussions with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in her efforts to form a new government.
After almost six hours of detailed policy discussions the Greens concluded they simply did not have enough in common with Merkel’s conservative bloc in areas such as energy, climate targets and taxation, to make further discussions fruitful.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel will hold preliminary coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday and also plans to meet with the Greens, as she tries to play her potential partners off against each other at the start of a tough horse-trading marathon.
The SPD are seen as the chancellor’s most likely partner, but they said on Monday they would not be rushed into a deal, suggesting the formation of a new government could drag on until January.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel will be asked to break an election pledge not to raise taxes in talks this week on a ‘grand coalition’ with the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) which could also threaten her influential finance minister.
The chancellor’s conservatives notched up their best result in more than two decades in last Sunday’s election but fell just short of a parliamentary majority, leaving Merkel in need of a partner. Her former allies, the Free Democrats (FDP), lacked enough support to return to parliament.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s outgoing coalition partners, the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), pinned their hopes on a new leader on Monday to rescue them from oblivion, a day after crashing out of Germany’s parliament for the first time in their history.
The FDP won just 4.8 percent of the vote, humiliating for a party once respected as kingmaker in Germany’s coalition-oriented political system, and a member of governments on the left or right for 46 of the past 63 years.