About: German elections 2017

Future EU 25-06-2018

Oettinger appeals to CSU to ease pressure on Merkel

Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger, an ally of beleaguered German Chancellor Angela Merkel from her CDU party, appealed on Monday (25 June) to CDU's Bavarian sister party, CSU, to ease their pressure on the Chancellor by not setting strict deadlines to fix the migration conundrum.
Future EU 22-06-2018

Tensions build ahead of hastily prepared migration meeting

Jean-Claude Juncker's invitation to a handful of EU leaders for an informal mini-summit on Sunday (27 June) to discuss migration and asylum appears to have raised more issues than the meeting can solve.
Future EU 19-06-2018

Merkel avoids government collapse over immigration but faces deadline

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her two weeks' breathing space yesterday (18 June) to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition government.
Future EU 18-06-2018

German coalition hangs on EU summit’s delivery on asylum reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will decide today (18 June) whether to defy her by implementing a plan to limit immigration at the German border and risk destabilising her three-month-old coalition.
Future EU 13-03-2018

Merkel says she will visit Macron to discuss EU reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (12 March), two days before she is to launch her new government, that she will pay a quick visit to French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss EU reform proposals.
Elections 27-02-2018

Italy’s election uncertainty: What plagues the minds of investors

Investors are feeling sanguine ahead of Italy's 4 March election. The economy is strengthening and anti-euro sentiment is waning in the single-currency bloc. But the vote has the potential to throw them a curve ball.
Future EU 23-02-2018

Juncker prepares for 4 March ‘worse-case scenario’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned yesterday (22 February) that financial markets could face turbulence after Italian elections next month, saying Brussels was prepared for a worst-case scenario.
Elections 21-02-2018

Merkel’s future in Social Democratic hands as party vote starts

Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began voting yesterday (20 February) on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office.
Future EU 15-02-2018

Germany’s SPD vows to clash with ‘down for the count’ Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) will clash over policy with Angela Merkel in the next government, the main candidate to lead the centre-left party said yesterday (14 February), adding that the conservative chancellor was approaching the end of her career.
Elections 12-02-2018

Merkel defends coalition concessions, says ‘younger people’ needed in government

Angela Merkel on Sunday defended "painful" concessions she has made to the Social Democrats (SPD) to win a fourth term as German chancellor and said criticism among her conservatives was not a sign her authority was waning.
Elections 08-02-2018

Merkel under fire from own ranks over coalition deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel faced criticism from within the ranks of her own conservatives today (8 February) for making concessions to her centre-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners to seal a governing alliance a day earlier.
Elections 07-02-2018

German parties reach coalition deal ‘in principle’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed "in principle" on Wednesday (7 February) on a coalition deal, sources involved in the talks said, taking Europe's economic powerhouse a step closer to a new government.
Future EU 07-02-2018

Merkel ready for ‘painful compromises’ with coalition deal in sight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (6 February) she was ready to make "painful compromises" as negotiators from her conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) rushed to clinch a coalition government deal after months of political uncertainty.
Elections 05-02-2018

German parties to tackle labour, healthcare in extra round of coalition talks

Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will try on Monday (5 February) to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labour policy - the final stumbling blocks in the way of another 'grand coalition'.
Digital 01-02-2018

Conservative MEPs ask Merkel to reverse telecoms talks in coalition negotiation

Eight German conservative MEPs have written to Chancellor Angela Merkel to complain about a controversial telecoms investment plan, which crept into coalition talks this week between Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.
Elections 01-02-2018

German parties agree on climate as coalition talks progress

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives agreed on climate targets for 2030 with their would-be Social Democrat (SPD) partners, who also announced steady progress on European policy in coalition talks which they aim to conclude within a week.

Family reunion for refugees complicates German coalition talks

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) played down hopes yesterday (29 January) for swift progress in coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, an SPD source said, amid continued disagreement over several issues including refugees.
Elections 26-01-2018

The final straight: Party leaders launch German coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives open coalition talks with their Social Democrat (SPD) partners on Friday (26 September), four months after the September election that left Europe's largest economy in an unprecedented state of political limbo.
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 15-01-2018

German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel

Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats said on Sunday (14 January) they would press for improvements to a coalition blueprint agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, seeking to win over sceptical party members who can torpedo the deal.
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).
Future EU 11-01-2018

France urges Germany to spend more and boost EU

France's finance minister on Wednesday (10 January) urged Germany to loosen the purse strings to help boost European growth, reminding Berlin of its wider responsibilities as Chancellor Angela Merkel struggles to forge a new coalition at home.
Climate change 09-01-2018

German coalition negotiators agree to scrap 2020 climate target

Germany's would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop plans to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, sources familiar with negotiations said on Monday (8 January) – a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel.