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Topic - Social Democratic Party
The name Social Democratic Party or Social Democrats has been used by a large number of political parties in various countries around the world. Such parties are most commonly aligned to social democracy as their political ideology. - Source: Wikipedia
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.
Peer Steinbruck, Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading challenger in national elections later this month, is getting new attention not for his platform but for having directed a universally understood obscene hand gesture at reporters and editors in a recent interview with a top German newspaper.
In Germany, rumors of yet another Greek bailout and the escalating conflict in Syria could prove to be the greatest threats to Angela Merkel's re-election campaign, just two weeks before voters head to the ballot box.
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 said Sunday she was still waiting for more details from the U.S. about the National Security Agency's online data-collection and electronic surveillance efforts directed toward Germans, but warned that U.S. Internet firms doing business in Europe must abide by European law.
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.
An ongoing battle between the prime minister and the president amid a tanking economy has left many Romanians longing for a return to communism because they think the democratic and free-market reforms of the past two decades have failed.
With powerful groups, including the Japan Business Federation allied against him, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan often has appeared to be an outsider within the country's massive governmental apparatus.
Whether onstage or at the largest protests in 40 years, women are increasingly at the forefront of movements for social evolution in Japan, where men vastly outnumber women in boardrooms, in government and especially in the nuclear power industry.
Japan's nuclear industry is eager to restart reactors shut down for maintenance or switched off after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused explosions and meltdowns at a power plant in the northeast and sparked a nationwide panic over radiation exposure.
"The eye does not see what the mind does not know." The difference between your patient's life and death, my professors would warn, is what you see, and you cannot see what you do not know. Barack Obama cannot see a way out of America's current economic malaise. He should ask the Germans what they know.
Portuguese voters were choosing a new government Sunday, one that will be forced to impose grinding austerity measures as part of a 78 billion euro ($114 billion) bailout deal expected to pitch the country into a two-year recession.
Portugal's Social Democrats unseated the Socialist government in an emphatic election victory Sunday, giving the center-right party a strong mandate to enact a grinding austerity program demanded in return for a $114 billion international bailout.