BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) reached a deal early on Wednesday on forming a “grand coalition” after wrangling through the night, meaning she should be able to form a government by Christmas.
Two months after Merkel’s landslide election victory and a month after negotiations began, Germany’s two biggest political forces clinched a deal at about 5 a.m. (0400 GMT) that both sides said they could live with.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) narrowed differences on several contentious policy issues on Tuesday as marathon talks to hammer out agreement on a “grand coalition” got underway.
The latest draft coalition deal showed the SPD had given into demands from Merkel’s Bavarian allies to introduce a motorway toll for foreign cars. However they extracted a pledge from the conservatives to end discrimination against homosexual couples in areas like adoption rights.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) will meet late on Tuesday to try to hammer out a “grand coalition” agreement in a decisive round of negotiations expected to last until far beyond midnight.
The final scheduled round of talks between Merkel’s conservatives and the SPD begins at 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT). They have a long list of unresolved issues to sort out that subordinates failed to agree on during a month of negotiations.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A German prosecutor investigating a billion-dollar art hoard found in a Munich apartment called for some of the works to be returned to their reclusive owner while experts examine if others were stolen or extorted by the Nazis.
Reinhard Nemetz, state prosecutor in the Bavarian city of Augsburg, said late on Tuesday that pieces from the stash of more than 1,400 paintings and drawings that clearly belong to Cornelius Gurlitt should be given back as soon as possible.
A German court has dropped for the time being an investigation into a Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” over accusations he lied under oath about taking a first-class flight to visit poverty projects in India.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Monday to introduce legislation requiring German companies to allot 30 percent of their non-executive board seats to women from 2016.
Negotiators from the two sides are in talks to form a coalition government. They said the agreement would involve listed companies and those with a works council.
BERLIN/NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Germany began publishing
an online list on Tuesday of works that were discovered in a
huge art stash in a Munich flat last year and believed for the
most part to have been stolen or extorted by the Nazis.
The move was welcomed by lawyers representing families whose
looted art was feared lost forever. But heavy demand for the
government’s “Lost Art” website (www.lostart.de) led to
technical problems that made it difficult to gain access.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany was to start publishing an online list on Tuesday of works that were discovered in a huge art stash found in a Munich flat last year and believed for the most part to have been stolen or extorted by the Nazis.
A statement from the national and Bavarian regional governments said 25 of the works would initially be displayed on an existing website created to help establish the provenance of works seized by the Nazis, mostly from Jews during the persecution of the Holocaust.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany, under pressure to hasten inquiries into Nazi-looted art works stashed in a recluse’s flat, has sent legal experts to help local authorities in Munich resolve myriad ownership issues, Focus magazine reported on Sunday.
The federal government’s intervention follows criticism that authorities stayed silent too long about 1,406 art works by European masters they stumbled upon last year.
BERLIN, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s centre-left Social
Democrats hope to reach a deal to raise taxes on the rich even
though Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are opposed, an
SPD leader said on Saturday.
Merkel’s conservatives emerged from the Sept. 22 election as
the largest force but need a coalition partner. The SPD was at
first reluctant to join Merkel in a reprise of the “grand
coalition” that ruled from 2005-09 but coalition talks are now