BERLIN (Reuters) – A new Eurosceptical party is on the brink of entering the German parliament for the first time, an opinion poll showed, casting doubt on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid to maintain her center-right coalition and complicating her euro zone policy.
Merkel still looks set to secure a third term in Sunday’s general election. But the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has risen on a tide of public hostility to bailouts of indebted southern euro zone countries, could further fragment the lower house, forcing her into a right-left “grand coalition”.
BERLIN, Sept 17 (Reuters) – It is heresy even to pose the
question to the chancellor’s supporters before Sunday’s general
election and, if she does win a third term, the answer will
remain evasive. But some Germans are asking anyway: who can
succeed Angela Merkel?
“Angela the Great”, as one magazine dubbed her, looks a near
certainty to be re-elected, the main doubt being whether her
centre-right coalition gets a new lease of life or she has to
govern with the centre-left. Both scenarios are fine with the
public, pollsters say, as long as “Angie” stays in charge.
EICHSTAETT/BREMERHAVEN, Germany (Reuters) – The Altmuehl is Germany’s slowest-flowing river and Hans Bittl, who lives along its banks in Eichstaett, sees this as a metaphor for the low-key success of his Bavarian town.
“People in Eichstaett are very cautious and don’t go along with every new fashion or idea. They bide their time and see if it works,” says Bittl, chief clerk at the town hall.
EICHSTAETT/BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The
Altmuehl is Germany’s slowest-flowing river and Hans Bittl, who
lives along its banks in Eichstaett, sees this as a metaphor for
the low-key success of his Bavarian town.
“People in Eichstaett are very cautious and don’t go along
with every new fashion or idea. They bide their time and see if
it works,” says Bittl, chief clerk at the town hall.
BERLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Germans living in the former
communist east are no longer more fearful for the future than
their compatriots, according to an annual survey out on Thursday
that showed no east-west gap in the “angst index” for the first
time in 21 years.
A nation of worriers, more than four in 10 Germans still
suffer high anxiety, but that has fallen from the peaks around
the al Qaeda attacks in the United States and Europe in the
2000s, the global financial crisis and the start of the euro
BERLIN (Reuters) – Support for a new anti-euro party has risen to a record high of 4 percent weeks before Germany holds an election, raising the possibility it could win seats in parliament and hurt Angela Merkel’s chances of forming another centre-right coalition.
A poll by Forsa for Stern magazine showed the Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) within 1 point of the threshold needed to enter the Bundestag lower house.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel urged Germans on Tuesday to re-elect her “clever” government, saying it would shield their businesses and jobs from tax hikes by the center-left.
The chancellor, whose bid for a third term on September 22 is a close contest despite her popularity, said Peer Steinbrueck would ruin her progress on cutting unemployment and cementing economic recovery if his Social Democrats (SPD) came to power.
BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel and her
Social Democrat challenger in this month’s German election
clashed over the euro, tax policy and U.S. spying in a
television debate on Sunday that produced no clear winner.
The only TV duel of the campaign, watched by an estimated 15
million viewers, was one of SPD candidate Peer Steinbrueck’s
last chances to change the momentum in a race in which he has
trailed the popular Merkel from the very start.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger in this month’s German election accused her in a television debate on Sunday of crushing southern European countries with austerity, declaring her euro crisis strategy a failure.
Merkel, who is seeking a third term in the September 22 vote, hit back, pointing out that rival Peer Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats (SPD) had supported her euro policies in parliament throughout the turmoil of the past years.
BERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
challenger in the approaching German election, Peer Steinbrueck,
took a stark stance against Western military action in Syria on
Friday in a play to anti-war sentiment ahead of their only TV
duel in the campaign.
After two days of telephone diplomacy by Merkel, who faces a
tricky balancing act between backing Germany’s allies while
heeding German voters’ opposition to an attack, Steinbrueck
tried to differentiate himself in typically blunt style.