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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives plan to open coalition talks Friday with leftist Social Democrats in the first round of political bargaining that could drag into early next year, as the two parties haggle over the direction of the next government in the economic powerhouse of Europe.
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 won a third term in Europe's economic powerhouse Sunday, but she lost her partner in the center-right ruling coalition and may have to join with leftist parties.
| Like it or not, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the face of economic austerity around the world. To the rest of Europe, particularly struggling economies to the south such as Greece and Italy, Mrs. Merkel's rigid financial reforms are deeply unpopular, slashing social welfare nets and raising unemployment to record levels in an effort to get these countries to "take their medicine" and fix their out-of-control budgets.
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.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling party suffered a defeat in a key state election Sunday, showing dwindling support for the conservative leader at home amid political and economic upheaval across Europe.
German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the introduction of an across-the-board minimum wage was only a matter of time in Europe's top economy, in an interview to be published Monday.
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.