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German Foreign Minister rules out joining U.S.-led Hormuz mission

01 Aug 2019

WARSAW/BERLIN Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz as it wants to ease tensions with Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.

Eyeing power, Merkel protegee starts high-stakes defence job

24 Jul 2019

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, pledged on Wednesday to push for increased military spending "in our own interests" as Germany's new defence minister - a role likely to make or break her chances of succeeding her mentor.

Germany's Merkel, planning to serve full term, backs under-fire protegee

19 Jul 2019

BERLIN Germany's Angela Merkel threw her weight behind her embattled new defence minister and heir-apparent on Friday, while insisting she herself was fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021.

Path to power or poisoned chalice - Merkel protegee takes defence job

17 Jul 2019

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, took over as defence minister on Wednesday, entering the cabinet in a move likely to make or break her chances of succeeding her mentor as Germany's leader by 2021.

Merkel's health is a private matter, Germans say after shaking bouts

13 Jul 2019

BERLIN Most Germans believe Angela Merkel's health is a private matter, a poll showed on Saturday, after the chancellor suffered the latest in a series of shaking episodes this week that have raised questions about whether she should give an explanation.

German SPD lists von der Leyen failures in damning paper to EU peers

12 Jul 2019

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats have circulated a damning paper to their European political group in which they call Ursula von der Leyen an "inadequate and inappropriate candidate" to lead the European Commission ahead of a vote on her nomination next week.

Merkel's shaking episodes fuel debate about German power handover

11 Jul 2019

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bouts of shaking at public events are firing up a debate among some of her Christian Democrats about whether she should pass power to her protege sooner than a planned handover in 2021, senior party sources say. | Video

France denies Franco-German agreement on Carney for IMF job

09 Jul 2019

BERLIN/PARIS France is still pushing for a European consensus around a candidate to run the International Monetary Fund, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, quashing reports of a Franco-German deal to back the Bank of England's Mark Carney for the job.

Germany's Merkel absorbs domestic heat to get her woman to EU helm

03 Jul 2019

BERLIN/BRUSSELS In the twilight of her career, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has chosen to soak up domestic heat from her coalition partners in order to secure a close ally at the top of the European Union who will outlast her.

Germany's Merkel absorbs domestic heat to get her woman to EU helm

03 Jul 2019

BERLIN/BRUSSELS In the twilight of her career, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has chosen to soak up domestic heat from her coalition partners in order to secure a close ally at the top of the European Union who will outlast her.

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EU rebuffs Johnson's opening Brexit bid

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand that the European Union reopen the Brexit divorce deal was rebuffed on Tuesday by the bloc, which said Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border.