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  • Angela Merkel, German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, smiles during a news conference after a party's board meeting in Berlin on Sept. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Merkel reaches out to rivals on coalition

    Fresh off a landslide victory on Sunday's election day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she has already reached out to the center-left Social Democratic Party as she tries to form a new governing coalition.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves during an election campaign event of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Bad Koestritz, Germany, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Merkel's allies appear to triumph in German state of Bavaria

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies triumphed in Bavaria's state election Sunday, according to projections, though her partners in government suffered a painful setback just a week before Germany's national vote.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been put on the defensive at times with her government's links to the National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal in the United States. (Associated Press)

    Germany is likely to forge ahead with Merkel policy

    Less than a month before Germans head to the polls, Chancellor Angela Merkel remains the country's most popular politician and her conservative Christian Democratic Union holds a significant lead among voters in a campaign that could set the tone for the next decade of the eurozone and trans-Atlantic relations.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also is chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU), delivers her keynote speech at the party's 2012 convention in Hanover, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Germany's Merkel sets stage for 2013 elections

    Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her bid for re-election Tuesday, telling party faithful her government has successfully steered Germany through the worst of the European financial crisis and is best equipped to guide it through what may still be tough times ahead.

  • ** FILE ** German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    German state election deals new setback to Merkel

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition suffered a new setback, and Germany's main opposition parties celebrated gains in a state election Sunday that came as Mrs. Merkel's unpopular government grapples with the eurozone debt crisis and other challenges.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also is chairwoman of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party,
arrives for the party's weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin on Monday, March 28, 2011. The CDU  suffered a major defeat Sunday in Baden-Wuerttemberg state elections after almost six decades in power there. (AP Photo/dapd/Berthold Stadler)

    Merkel's coalition digests painful election defeat

    Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday to press ahead with a review of nuclear power's future in Germany after her coalition suffered a "very painful" defeat in a weekend state election dominated by Japan's nuclear crisis.

  • A chafing social bind in Germany

    With a flat economic outlook and several recent state elections already lost by the ruling Social Democratic-Green coalition, Germany may well get a new and more conservative government within two years.

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