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German Greens hit poll high, seek kingmaker role in Bremen

06 Jun 2019

BERLIN Germany's opposition Greens hit record highs in two opinion polls on Thursday, topping one to confirm growing disillusionment with the fragile ruling coalition as they angle for a central role in the government of a northern state.

German Greens explore leftist state alliance, in warning to Merkel

06 Jun 2019

BERLIN, June 6 Germany's Greens have proposed holding coalition talks in the city state of Bremen with the Social Democrats and far-left Linke, in a reminder to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that even if they come first in any elections, they are not guaranteed power.

Relief for German industry as orders rise on foreign demand

06 Jun 2019

BERLIN German industrial orders rose more than expected in April, driven by strong foreign demand that pointed to resilience in Europe's largest economy despite headwinds from trade disputes and uncertainty about Brexit.

Onus is on Merkel's conservatives to keep German coalition alive, says SPD

04 Jun 2019

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives need to implement policies dear to their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to keep their ruling alliance alive, SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil said on Tuesday.

Germany's Social Democrats seek new leader, question coalition

03 Jun 2019

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats appointed three caretakers to run the party after leader Andrea Nahles resigned on Monday and SPD members, appalled by the party's plunging popularity, called for ditching their loveless coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel heir faces widespread criticism after proposal to regulate online opinion

28 May 2019

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's heir apparent faced criticism from across Germany's political spectrum on Tuesday after she called for rules about expressing online opinions before elections in response to a YouTube video that criticised her party.

Germany's SPD chief vows to stay in Merkel coalition after Bremen rout

26 May 2019

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) suffered a humbling blow on Sunday, failing to win the most votes in the state of Bremen for the first time in 73 years, but their leader vowed to stay in government with Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Merkel dismisses speculation she could move to big EU job

16 May 2019

BERLIN Germany's Angela Merkel reaffirmed on Thursday that she would leave politics after serving out her fourth term as chancellor, dismissing speculation that she could take a big European Union job in Brussels.

China and India seen as Europe's last hope to save Iran deal

10 May 2019

BRUSSELS/PARIS/BERLIN, May 9 The European Union will defend the Iran nuclear accord despite Tehran's decision to backtrack on its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions, diplomats believe, but European powers expect it to collapse without a deal to sell Iranian oil to China or India.

China and India seen as Europe's last hope to save Iran deal

09 May 2019

BRUSSELS/PARIS/BERLIN The European Union will defend the Iran nuclear accord despite Tehran's decision to backtrack on its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions, diplomats believe, but European powers expect it to collapse without a deal to sell Iranian oil to China or India.

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Iran shoots down U.S. military drone in Gulf region

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf, increasing fears of military conflict as Washington seeks to isolate Tehran over its nuclear and regional activities.