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Germany's Merkel faces pressure for quick coalition talks

Germany's Merkel faces pressure for quick coalition talksBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure from inside her conservative bloc Sunday to aim for a quick coalition deal with center-left rivals without conceding too much ground on core issues such as immigration.



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Angela Merkel rules out fresh elections as she seeks new coalition deal

Angela Merkel rules out fresh elections as she seeks new coalition dealAngela Merkel vowed to get a government in place as soon as possible on Saturday as she recovered from a week-long crisis that threatened to force fresh German elections and could have ended her political career. In a speech to members of her party, Mrs Merkel said she wanted to avoid a re-run of September's elections, which saw her Christian Democrats reduced to 33 per cent of the vote and left her struggling to muster a coalition government in talks with a range of smaller parties. “The people voted. And I absolutely do not favor, if we can’t do anything with the result, asking people to vote again,” Mrs Merkel said at a party conference in the Baltic coast resort of Kuehlungsborn on Saturday. “Europe needs a strong Germany, so it is desirable to get a government in place quickly,” she told the party meeting. “Now it is no use to grieve things,” she told the party conference. Angela Merkel speaks with Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrats Party (SPD) Credit:  Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Europe Negotiations between Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and smaller parties broke down in the early hours of Monday morning, triggering a week of instability that threatened to leave Germany without a government. The crisis was calmed but not entirely resolved when the Social Democrats (SPD), the main centre-left party agreed to enter coalition talks on Friday. If she proves unable to form a new coalition government, a weakened Mrs Merkel will have no choice but to either form a weakened minority government, or face new snap elections – an event party leaders fear could strengthen the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier intervened after the collapse of coalition talks  Credit:  AXEL SCHMIDT/Reuters Her comments came as a senior SPD figure hinted the party would likely approve a renewed coalition with Mrs Merkel's conservative party if she came up with "convincing" proposals. Niels Annen told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper that Germany needed to form a government quickly and that his party would not rule it out governing alongside Mrs Merkel. "Germany urgently needs a predictable and reliable government. A grand coalition could be an option and we should not exclude it," Mr Annen said. He said the SPD was focused on "what is good for the country." Martin Schulz, the leader of SPD, had previously ruled out entering into another “grand coalition” with Mrs Merkel after his party suffered its worst ever result in the federal elections in September. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) Volker Bouffier (L), Minister President of Hesse, The Federal Green Party Chairman, Cem Ozdemir (R) on the first day of coalition talks in October Credit: FILIP SINGER/EPA He backpedaled and offered Mrs Merkel talks on Friday after a “dramatic” personal appeal from the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and mounting pressure from members of his own party who threatened to mount a leadership challenge. “We do not have a government crisis, but Germany is in a complicated situation,” Mr Schulz said on Friday. “The president made a dramatic appeal to the parties to speak again, because we cannot go straight to new elections. . . The SPD is aware of its responsibility for Germany and for Europe.” It is not yet clear whether the SPD will enter into a new coalition with Mrs Merkel, or whether it will only offer to prop up a minority government from the outside. Mr Schulz has said that any final decision on this will be put to the full party membership in a vote. “If the discussions result in us taking part in a government in any shape or form, the members will vote on it,” he said. Mrs Merkel's career as leader of her party was left in the balance after four weeks of negotiations on forming a "Jamaica coalition" – so called because the party colours match those of the Jamaican flag – broke down after a series of gruelling late-night discussions on Monday. Christian Lindner, leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), dramatically stormed out of the talks with Mrs Merkel’s CDU, its sister centre-right Bavarian party the CSU, and the left-leaning Greens, after midnight on Sunday, citing irreconcilable differences. Disagreements around immigration and Mrs Merkel's controversial decision to offer an "open-door" to refugees in 2015 were one of main points of contention. The outcome of the new talks is not expected until some time in the New Year.



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Merkel says to begin three-way German coalition talks next week

Merkel says to begin three-way German coalition talks next weekChancellor Angela Merkel said her conservative bloc would begin exploratory talks next week on forming a three-way German coalition government with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the environmentalist Greens. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), would hold talks with the FDP and Greens separately next Wednesday, she said. “Then on Friday, October 20th we will have a first round of exploratory talks with all partners,” Merkel told a joint news conference with CSU leader Horst Seehofer on Monday.



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Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free World

Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free WorldHillary Clinton told MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid that she believes German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most important leader in the free world ― an extraordinary assessment by a former presidential candidate, U.S. secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, and a remark likely to be seen as an affront to President Donald Trump.



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Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term As Chancellor In German Election

Angela Merkel Wins Fourth Term As Chancellor In German ElectionChancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has come out on top in Germany’s national election on Sunday, according to early exit polls, putting her on the path for a fourth term in power.



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Merkel warns Turkey after two more German citizens detained

Merkel warns Turkey after two more German citizens detainedTwo more German citizens have been arrested in Turkey “for political reasons”, Berlin said Friday, as Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Ankara that Germany could reexamine its policies following the latest Turkish action. The latest arrests bring the total number of German political prisoners in Turkish custody to 12 at a time when ties between the two countries have badly frayed. There is “no legal basis” for detention in most of these cases, Merkel said, according to remarks carried by Germany’s DPA news agency.



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Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrantsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey’s use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency. Dogan Akhanli was stopped in Spain on Saturday after Ankara issued a “red notice”. The German-Turkish writer was released on Sunday but must remain in Madrid while Spain assesses Turkey’s extradition request.



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Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against MerkelBy Bulent Usta ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month’s elections. The comments, some of Erdogan’s harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners. “I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey.



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Merkel embarks on Germany's 'strangest' campaign

Merkel embarks on Germany's 'strangest' campaignGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel, fresh from a three-week Alpine holiday, embarked Saturday on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country’s post-war history. “We are set to reach full employment by 2025, that is to say an unemployment rate under three percent, and I believe we can achieve it,” said Merkel of a key objective of her centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU). “We have today 44 million employed in Germany.



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Merkel sees no military solution to U.S. dispute with North Korea

Merkel sees no military solution to U.S. dispute with North KoreaThere is no military solution to the United States’ dispute with North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, adding that a war of words between the two countries was the wrong approach. “I don’t see a military solution to this conflict,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “I see the need for enduring work at the U.N. Security Council … as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the U.S. and China”.



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