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Merkel taking risk by giving up CDU party chair, protege says

14 Nov 2018

BERLIN Angela Merkel's decision to give up the leadership of her Christian Democrats while staying on as German chancellor is a risk and an experiment, her protege and would-be successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday.

German economy contracts on weak foreign trade, auto bottleneck

14 Nov 2018

BERLIN Germany's economy contracted for the first time since 2015 in the third quarter as global trade disputes and problems in the auto industry put the traditional growth engine of exports into reverse, raising concerns that a long expansion is faltering. | Video

Germany needs crisis mentality to close digital gap: Merkel ally

13 Nov 2018

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Germany's thriving economy has lulled the country into a false sense of security that is hindering government efforts to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies, Chancellor Angela Merkel's digital czar said on Tuesday.

Germany's Scholz sees Italy taking steps to resolve budget row

12 Nov 2018

BERLIN German Finance Minster Olaf Scholz said on Monday he expected Italy to take steps to resolve a row with EU authorities over its 2019 budget and he was a "quite optimistic" about a solution to the dispute.

Conservative Merz says Germany benefits from 'weak' euro

08 Nov 2018

BERLIN Germany is benefiting from a euro exchange rate that is too weak for its economy but too strong for others in the currency bloc, conservative Friedrich Merz, running to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of her party, said on Thursday.

Germany must close digital technology gap, Merkel ally says

08 Nov 2018

BERLIN Germany must learn to "promote not impede" the use of artificial intelligence, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap between it and other leading economies.

With eye on chancellery, Merkel protege wants new era for Germany

08 Nov 2018

BERLIN Pitching to succeed Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promised on Wednesday a new chapter for Germany in which "people feel at home here" after a period of political turmoil marked by the rise of the far right. | Video

Back from the wilderness, Merz leads race to succeed Merkel

05 Nov 2018

BERLIN Businessman Friedrich Merz, back from the political wilderness, is taking an early lead in the race to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and secure the chance of running for chancellor - possibly even next year.

Back from the wilderness, Merz leads race to succeed Merkel

05 Nov 2018

BERLIN Businessman Friedrich Merz, back from the political wilderness, is taking an early lead in the race to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and secure the chance of running for chancellor - possibly even next year.

NEWSMAKER-Back from the wilderness, Merz leads race to succeed Merkel

05 Nov 2018

BERLIN, Nov 5 Businessman Friedrich Merz, back from the political wilderness, is taking an early lead in the race to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and secure the chance of running for chancellor - possibly even next year.

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