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.
HANOVER (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are hoping for victory in a state contest on Sunday that could end a long losing streak and set the tone for September’s federal election.
Citizens in the northern state of Lower Saxony will begin voting at 8 a.m. on Sunday (2 a.m. ET) in what has been a riveting battle between Merkel’s center-right coalition and the center-left Social Democrat-Greens opposition.
STADE, Germany, Jan 18 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela
Merkel doesn’t make rousing speeches, but she had 1,200
supporters wildly cheering her standard sober delivery, fired up
about their brightening chances of winning a key regional
election on Sunday.
At a campaign rally in the northern town of Stade late on
Thursday, Merkel and Lower Saxony state premier David McAllister
exhorted an enthusiastic crowd of Christian Democrats (CDU) to
ensure a high turnout for the election of the regional assembly,
which in turn chooses the state premier.
OSTERHOLZ-SCHARMBECK, Germany (Reuters) – Peer Steinbrueck looked uncomfortable as he waited to go onstage at a small-town rally for a regional election on Sunday that could make or break his ambitions to be Germany’s next leader.
No one was talking to the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for chancellor, whose blunders have sent his party into a tailspin in national opinion polls and could drag Stephan Weil, SPD candidate for state premier in Lower Saxony, to an unexpected defeat on Sunday.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans take pride in their engineering and organisational skills but their country’s reputation for efficiency has been exploded by a farcical series of delays in building Berlin’s new international airport.
Although the postponements in opening what is ostensibly a completed marvel of architecture have drawn the most attention, Germany’s stifling bureaucracy, red tape and planning rules have also blighted dozens more big projects.
BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit
stepped down on Monday as head of a board overseeing the
building of the city’s new international airport after yet
another delay in the project dealt a fresh blow to Germany’s
reputation for efficiency.
Wowereit, a focal point of criticism due to delays in
opening the 4.3-billion-euro ($5.6 billion) airport, bowed to
the pressure and gave up the supervisory board chair to
Brandenburg state Premier Matthias Platzeck. The airport is
jointly owned by Berlin, Brandenburg and the federal government.
BERLIN, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A fifth postponement of the
opening of Berlin’s new international airport has tarnished
Germany’s reputation for efficiency and threatens to ruin the
high-flying career of Berlin mayor’s Klaus Wowereit.
Already 20 years in the planning, Berlin’s new 4.3-billion
euro ($5.61 billion) Willy Brandt International Airport has had
to push back its opening from 2011 to June 2012, then to March
2013, then to October 2013 and now to 2014, a source familiar
with the plans told Reuters on Sunday.