Merkel’s push for German lockdown reportedly blocked as death toll passes 100,000

BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz. Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images Germany’s Covid-19 crisis continues to rock the nation with the grim news on Thursday that the total number of deaths has now surpassed 100,000. The country’s … Read more

‘Vaccinated, recovered or dead’: Germany gives stark winter warning to its people

Visitors at the Christmas market in Dortmund, western Germany on November 22, 2021. Some of Germany’s federal states have canceled their Christmas markets due to the Covid crisis. Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images Germany’s health minister has issued a stark warning to the country’s public, telling citizens that vaccination was the key to … Read more

Merkel hesitates over handshake with EU’s Ursula von der Leyen – video

Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, seemed wary of offering her hand for a full handshake with the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, at a Brussels summit. Von der Leyen instead grasped Merkel’s hand by way of greeting, at what could be her compatriot’s final EU summit as chancellor Source link

What a post-Merkel Germany could mean for Europe

A view of EU and German flags over the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Parliament. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images LONDON — As Germany prepares for an overhaul in its political status quo, analysts are looking at what impact the next government could have on the European Union. Europe’s biggest economy headed … Read more

‘I’ll be darned’: Biden reacts to pivotal German election result

U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters after speaking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and booster shots in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden said “I will be darned” on Sunday, after a reporter told him the Social … Read more

Germany polls: SPD beats Angela Merkel’s party, rivals scramble to lead next govt

Germany headed into a period of unpredictability Monday after a tight election saw both main parties claim the right to lead Europe’s biggest economy, leaving the question of who will succeed Angela Merkel wide open. Preliminary results showed that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) had won the largest share of the vote at 25.7 percent, … Read more

German election live: Social Democrats edge ahead in chancellor race as CDU plunges to historic low

Agence-France Presse has a handy guide to what happens next: First, all parties embark on what are known as “exploratory talks”. In this initial phase, which has no time limit, there is nothing to stop the parties from all holding coalition talks in parallel – though tradition dictates that the biggest party invites smaller ones … Read more

German election results 2021: live results and possible coalitions

In elections to the Bundestag, or federal parliament, German voters cast two votes. The “first vote” is to elect a “direct” representative for their local constituency, much like in a British election; the candidate with the most votes wins the seat. The “second vote” is for a party list, as in many European countries. The … Read more

Germans head to the polls in historic election marking the end of Merkel’s era

A voting booth is decorated with a German national flag. PETER ENDIG | DPA | Getty Images Millions of Germans are heading to the polls on Sunday in an election that will change the face of Germany, and Europe, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to leave office after 16 years in power. Voting in polling … Read more

Angela Merkel makes final push for successor in Germany’s knife-edge polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to give her would-be successor Armin Laschet their vote to shape Germany’s future, in a last-ditch push to shore up his beleaguered campaign 24 hours before Germans vote. Laschet, 60, has been trailing his Social Democrat challenger Olaf Scholz in the race for the chancellery, although final polls … Read more