The future of the EU will be one of the key issues for the coalition talks in Berlin, admitted Manfred Weber, the leader the centre-right European Peoples' Party group and member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to the Christian-Democrats (CDU).
Wolfgang Kubicki has known the political business for more than 30 years. Such an experienced man, one could assume, makes no rookie mistakes. If someone like him wants to spread a message, he exactly knows what he is doing. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
The head of Germany's Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, said on Monday (4 December) he had been urged by French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders to join Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government and push for EU reforms.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (25 November) welcomed the prospect of talks on a "grand coalition" with her Social Democrat (SPD) rivals and defended the record of the previous such government, saying it had worked well.
Germany moved a step towards resolving its political crisis on Friday (24 November) when the Social Democrats (SPD) said they were ready to hold talks with caretaker Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a sign they might offer the veteran leader their key support.
It is not clear whether the Council will be able to state in December that sufficient progress in Brexit talks has been made, David McAllister, who chairs the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, told EURACTIV.
The leader of Germany's Social Democrats came under growing pressure yesterday (23 November) to drop his opposition to a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives, with senior politicians arguing the party had a duty to promote stability.
Germany's failed coalition talks are hurting Europe's reform agenda so Brussels and EU capitals should lean on the country's political leaders to find an agreement and avoid another election, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who took part in the talks, said on Thursday (23 November).
A summit of euro zone leaders will go ahead as planned in the middle of December, the chairman of European Union leaders said yesterday (22 November), dispelling speculation it might be postponed because of the collapse of German coalition talks.
After talks between Germany's four main political parties collapsed, the acting government's capacity to participate in EU-level decisions is limited. But important progress still needs to be made to pursue the reform process within the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Efforts to form a coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (20 November), pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and causing the EU a serious headache.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure her a fourth term hit a major setback on Sunday after a would-be coalition partner pulled out of exploratory talks, citing irreconcilable differences.
German parties meet on Wednesday 15 November) to debate the hot issue of immigration with sides divided on whether to limit migrant numbers and with only one day left to conclude exploratory talks for forming a new coalition government. Negotiators will also discuss Europe, finance and energy policy.
At the start of this week, Eurogroup and ECOFIN met in Brussels. Interim Finance Minister Peter Altmaier attended the meetings on behalf of Germany for the first time. The talks focused on the banking union, fiscal policy and the Paradise Papers. EURACTIV Germany has an overview.
The first round of the German coalition talks on social policy was a meeting to get an initial feeling for where the parties stand. However, some common things are emerging: in the fight against old-age poverty, shortage of nurses and long-term unemployment. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German parties exploring a coalition government have dealt an early blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's hopes for more expansive fiscal policies from Berlin, backing a balanced budget and rejecting the idea of a separate pot of cash for the eurozone.
She has earned a reputation as Europe's chief crisis manager. Now Germany's Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition deal so tight it risks limiting her room to act if crisis strikes again.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost a closely-watched regional vote on Sunday (15 October), weakening her hand as she embarks on complex coalition talks following a disappointing showing at last month's general election.
US President Donald Trump's expected move to "de-certify" the international nuclear deal with Iran is driving a wedge between Europe and the United States and bringing Europeans closer to Russia and China, Germany said on Thursday (12 October).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure at the weekend to embrace ideas by French President Emmanuel Macron in a passionate appeal for closer European cooperation and push back in looming coalition talks against parties critical of them.