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Buoyed by state votes, Germany's AfD takes aim at Merkel coalition

02 Sep 2019

DRESDEN, Germany An emboldened far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition partners they could not carry on as before after luring many of their voters to come second in two regional elections in eastern Germany on Sunday. | Video

Buoyed by state votes, Germany's AfD takes aim at Merkel coalition

02 Sep 2019

DRESDEN, Germany An emboldened far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition partners they could not carry on as before after luring many of their voters to come second in two regional elections in eastern Germany on Sunday.

'Earthquake' elections in east Germany could jolt Merkel's coalition

01 Sep 2019

BERLIN, Sept 1 Elections in two east German states on Sunday are set to yield a surge in support for the far right and raise the pressure on conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to quit her government.

German cartel office to take Facebook case to High Court

26 Aug 2019

BERLIN Germany's cartel office said on Monday it would appeal a regional court decision to suspend restrictions it had placed on Facebook's data collection practices to the country's highest court.

Far-right party surge in eastern German regions threatens Merkel's coalition

20 Aug 2019

MEISSEN, Germany A surge in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party before regional elections next month in two former communist eastern states threatens to wreck Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwieldy right-left coalition government.

German finance minister Scholz to run for SPD leadership

16 Aug 2019

BERLIN German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz will run for the leadership of the Social Democrats, a spokeswoman said on Friday, joining a race to revive the party's popularity sinking since it entered a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Germany must repatriate from Syria IS fighter's wife and children - court

11 Jul 2019

BERLIN A Berlin court has ruled that Germany's foreign ministry should repatriate from Syria the German wife and three children of a suspected Islamic State fighter, in what a court spokesman said was the first such ruling against the government.

German far-right party shaken by rising sway of hardliner Hoecke

10 Jul 2019

BERLIN Scores of senior members of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party condemned on Wednesday the rising influence of a local leader who is militantly anti-immigrant and wants to highlight German over Jewish suffering in World War Two.

German election officials threatened after rejecting far-right candidates

09 Jul 2019

BERLIN Election officials in a German state have received hate messages and will be given police protection for their meetings after they disqualified some far-right candidates for a vote in September, a regional government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Merkel ally chides German Social Democrats over stance on EU Commission chief

04 Jul 2019

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats risk harming the coalition government in which they serve and triggering an EU constitutional crisis by opposing the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen to head the European Commission, a top German conservative said on Thursday.

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