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Future EU 17-01-2018

Eurogroup head hails German coalition blueprint for eurozone reform

The Eurogroup's new president, Mario Centeno, has welcomed eurozone reform proposals agreed by Germany's two biggest parties in preliminary coalition talks.

Future EU 12-01-2018

German parties offer first response to Macron on Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats pledged today (12 January) to work closely with France to strengthen the euro zone, in their first substantive response to President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reform proposals.

Elections 12-01-2018

Merkel warns of ‘big obstacles’ in final push for new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany's top parties still had "big obstacles" to surmount before reaching a new coalition deal, ahead of a last-ditch round of negotiations yesterday (11 January).

Elections 11-01-2018

German grand coalition negotiators in favour of free trade

Trade deals TTIP and CETA are particularly controversial in Germany, where they have been met with fierce resistance. As negotiators continue to try and form a new government, the Socialists may come out on the losing side on trade policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 09-01-2018

German coalition talks: ‘Speed-dating’ for old partners

Five days have been scheduled for exploratory talks between the CDU, CSU and SPD to negotiate the formation of a new German government. In case there is a common declaration at the end of the negotiation marathon, it nevertheless is still unclear, if the parties will agree to form a government coalition. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 08-01-2018

Italy’s Padoan says left-right grand coalition possible

Italy's main political forces began in earnest on Sunday (7 January) to plot strategies for the upcoming general election, as the country's finance minister raised a red flag over political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Future EU 08-01-2018

Cornered Merkel seeks to revive ‘grand coalition’

Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) can cut a deal, she said yesterday (7 January) as the parties began five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

Elections 14-12-2017

Weber says future of EU will dominate German coalition talks, calls for realism

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).

Elections 07-12-2017

Germany’s SPD to move on talks to form new Merkel government

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats meet from Thursday (7 December) to decide on whether to help Chancellor Angela Merkel end a months-long political stalemate in Europe's biggest economy.

Future EU 05-12-2017

Schulz says EU allies, including Tsipras, urged him to join Merkel government

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.

Future EU 27-11-2017

Merkel points to grand coalition with Social Democrats

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.

Future EU 24-11-2017

Martin Schulz’ position as SPD leader ‘untenable’

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.