BERLIN (Reuters) – The political wilderness in Germany is filled with once-powerful conservative party barons, overly confident men who dared to challenge Angela Merkel and lost.
But never before has the German chancellor had to contend with another woman, a popular member of her own cabinet, standing up to her in public in the way Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen did last week.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel averted a potentially embarrassing defeat in parliament when rebel members of her center-right coalition accepted a compromise plan on Monday to require German companies to put more women on their boards.
The threat of a rebellion had loomed just five months before Germany holds an election in which Merkel will be trying to win a third term. Leading conservatives, including Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen, were threatening to break ranks and vote with opposition parties, convinced that voluntary pledges to appoint more women have proven inadequate.
BERLIN, March 31 (Reuters) – Germany’s two main opposition
parties traded warnings on Sunday against joining forces with
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives after September’s
election if they fail to win their own left-of-centre majority.
The leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens party
issued unusually shrill messages to each others’ supporters
about the risk their votes might end up going to a party that
could join forces in a coalition with Merkel.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s two main opposition parties traded warnings on Sunday against getting into bed with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives after September’s election if they fail to win their own left-of-center majority.
The leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens party issued unusually shrill messages to each others’ supporters about the risk their votes might end up going to a party that could join forces in a coalition with Merkel.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said savings accounts in the euro zone are safe, adding that Cyprus is a “special case” and not a template for future rescues.
In an interview with Bild newspaper published on Saturday, Schaeuble distanced himself from comments on Monday by Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who said the rescue program agreed for Cyprus – the first to impose a levy on bank deposits – would serve as a model for future crises.
BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – A Swiss decision to impose tough
new controls on executive pay could encourage other European
countries to follow suit, with political leaders in Germany and
France voicing support for compensation rules modelled on those
of their smaller neighbour.
“The Swiss often show the way and personally I think we
should take inspiration,” French Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayrault said on Monday, a day after Swiss citizens voted in a
referendum to give shareholders veto rights on pay and ban big
rewards for incoming and outgoing managers.
BERLIN, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Germany’s Christian Democrats
used to joke that even a drunken supporter woken from a deep
slumber could leap to attention and rattle off the party’s
But Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed her centre-right
party so far from its bedrock conservative roots in the run-up
to September’s election that even sober CDU voters are having a
hard time remembering what their party stands for these days.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s parliament approved a new election law on Thursday that will help smaller political parties in September’s federal poll, when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) are tipped to remain the strongest force.
Merkel’s party reluctantly had to draft new legislation after Germany’s constitutional court struck down the previous law, which had strengthened the CDU in the last federal election in 2009.
HANOVER (Reuters) – Germany’s center-left opposition edged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives from power in a regional vote in Lower Saxony on Sunday, reviving its flagging hopes of defeating her in September’s national election.
The Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens won by a single seat after a close race for power in Germany’s fourth most populous state. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) lost ground but their Free Democrat (FDP) allies defied forecasts that they would be ejected from the state assembly in Hanover.
HANOVER (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s coalition and the centre-left opposition were level in exit polls in a state election on Sunday, which threatened to deprive the German chancellor of a boost for her bid to win a third term in office later this year.
In exit polls released after voting ended, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) remained the biggest party in the swing state of Lower Saxony with 36 percent. The chief victors of the evening, however, appeared to be their Free Democrat (FDP) allies who defied doomsayers to win 10 percent.