Germany's Christian Democrats intend to enter the European Parliament elections on 25 May with unity, optimism and a clear commitment to Europe. On Saturday (5 April) the party nominated David McAllister to be its top candidate, but Angela Merkel will be the party's main mascot. EurActiv Germany reports.
Michael Stübgen, the European affairs spokesman for Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), downplayed expectations that Germany will shift right in the European elections, but did agree that populist currents would be more strongly represented in the next European Parliament. He spoke to EurActiv Germany in an interview .
The European Commission has rejected a German plan to introduce road tolls that would provide discounts for German drivers, resulting in higher costs for foreigners. German conservatives insist that such a plan is "fair".
Almost 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany's divided past still matters, as it mirrors certain electoral splits. Whatever the shape of the new government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s future coalition partner should make one task its own: bringing Germany's European identity back to the fore, writes Tereza Novotná.
After losing out on her preferred coalition partners, Germany's newly re-elected chancellor, Angela Merkel, faces a number of hurdles in securing a power-sharing deal with rival left-leaning parties. EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier comments on the re-election of Angela Merkel.
With Sunday's victory Angela Merkel now has the chance for a fresh start on Europe. Whatever coalition emerges following the election, the chancellor shouldn’t squander her victory, writes Judy Dempsey.
Angela Merkel's allies swept to victory in a state election in Bavaria on Sunday, regaining the absolute assembly majority they lost in 2008 and providing a show of conservative strength for the chancellor a week before Germany goes to the polls.
It would be naive to believe that Germany's economy can stay healthy while much of the rest of the continent is "sick". So , as Peer Steinbrück and the SPD demanded repeatedly, it is in Germany's interest to finally rethink its strategy and boost growth writes Jo Leinen MEP .
The European Union’s economic and financial challenges left the bloc in no doubt that its most populous member state is also its most politically powerful. On 22 September 2013, Germans will decide in a federal election whether that power remains within its current ruling conservative coalition led by incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), or whether to entrust it to the Social Democrats or a new coalition. In the run up to the elections, Europe has largely remained off the agenda.
Germany's opposition Social Democrats ( SPD ) formally nominated former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück yesterday (9 December) as their candidate to run for chancellor against Angela Merkel in next September's election.
Peer Steinbrück, the former Germany finance minister who is to run as the Social-Democrat (SPD) challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel next year, has demonstrated his tendency for plain speaking by calling Swiss bankers 'Indians' in a move that seems to set the tone for his electoral campaign.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat yesterday (13 May) in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up attacks on her European austerity policies.
In Berlin, he is known as Angela Merkel's smartest minister. But Norbert Röttgen has led a lacklustre campaign ahead of key elections this Sunday (13 May) in North Rhine-Westphalia, where opinion polls predict a historical defeat for the Christian Democrats in Germany's most populous state.
An historic blow was dealt to Germany's socialists yesterday as the nation chose the liberals to form a coalition government with the incumbent Christian Democrats (CDU), whose leader Angela Merkel clinched a second term as chancellor. EurActiv Germany reports.