BERLIN— Angela Merkel told her conservative party on Monday that she intends to step down as its leader but remain Germany’s chancellor following a pair of state election debacles, German media reported. Merkel had previously indicated that she planned to seek another two-year term as leader of her Christian Democratic Union at a party congress … Continue reading BERLIN | Reports: Germany’s Merkel prepares to give up party job
HELSINKI— Swedish officials have officially confirmed the ruling Social Democratic Party won the most votes in the Sept. 9 general election despite a record low result and the far-right Sweden Democrats getting a big boost amid growing anti-immigration sentiment. Election officials presented the final tally Sunday that showed Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats getting … Continue reading HELSINKI | Sweden gives final election tally amid political uncertainty
BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel says a dispute over the future of Germany’s domestic intelligence chief won’t bring down her coalition government. Merkel’s conservatives run Germany in a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats, who on Thursday demanded the removal of domestic spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen over much-criticized comments about recent far-right protests in the eastern … Continue reading BERLIN | Merkel: German government won’t collapse over spy chief
STOCKHOLM — The Latest on Sweden’s general election (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he intends to remain in the job after his center-left party recorded its worst election performance. Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said “the results are still unclear” from the election held … Continue reading STOCKHOLM | The Latest: Swedish PM summons ‘good forces’ after setback
BUCHAREST, Romania— Romanians who live abroad have begun arriving back home for an anti-government protest where they will call for the left-wing government to resign and an early election. Expatriates are staging a protest Friday in Bucharest to protest the way Romania is governed. Some of the estimated 3 million Romanians living abroad say they … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania expatriates arrive home before anti-gov’t protest
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, taking office in March after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives again. But the crisis shaking the new administration has come from within Merkel’s own conservative family, as her interior minister has pushed for … Continue reading BERLIN | Who and what are behind Germany’s government crisis?
BERLIN | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The new leader of one of Germany’s governing parties said she supports a protest against working conditions at Amazon during CEO Jeff Bezos‘ visit to Berlin on Tuesday. Andrea Nahles, the chairwoman of the center-left Social Democrats, said she would take part in the demonstration held outside publisher Axel … Continue reading BERLIN | Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest
FRANKFURT, Germany /March 03, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —German Chancellor Angela Merkel is awaiting the results of a vote by her potential coalition partner — the center-left Social Democrats — to learn if she will be able to form a new government. The Social Democrats started counting ballots Saturday night that its members cast on a proposed … Continue reading Merkel’s fate hangs on vote by potential coalition partner