Angela Merkel is a German politician.
Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) yesterday moved a step closer to heading the next government in Berlin, signing up the Greens and business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) for coalition talks following an inconclusive national election.
The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc was pushing for a quick agreement on a coalition government amid concerns that Europe’s biggest economy could experience weeks of uncertainty after an election that failed to set a clear direction.
So, will Angela Merkel, wearing a caretaker hat, be delivering yet another address to the German nation on New Year’s Eve? The question was evoked by the person who may be about to succeed her as head of the government in Berlin, Olaf Scholz, whose party just shaded a very tight election on Sunday.
The candidate for outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Union bloc said his party would do “everything we can” to form a new government, despite facing what is expected to be its worst result since 1949.
Ireland did once have a rainbow coalition, but apart from that, party colours do not feature very highly in Irish people’s political perceptions. With our continental neighbours, it is entirely the opposite. The German federal elections, which take place tomorrow week, are a very clear example.
‘Politics is double hell for women, because not only do you have to have a position, you have to have a hairstyle,” said novelist Margaret Atwood talking to classicist Mary Beard on Front Row Late on the BBC. Clothes maketh the man, as the old saying goes, and even more so, the woman.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended a deal with the United States that allows the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to proceed as a pragmatic compromise, but Ukraine said the agreement was too weak to ensure Russia behaves the way Kyiv and the West want.
US President Joe Biden welcomed outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House yesterday to discuss disagreements over Russia and China as the two leaders seek to strengthen a relationship that suffered under former president Donald Trump.
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