BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel tweeted Thursday that he will not be a part of the next government.
Gabriel wrote that the heads of the Social Democratic Party had informed him of the decision and that he is deeply grateful to have worked for his country and the party in leading positions for many years.
The move came after weeks of turbulence in Gabriel's party after it clinched a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
German Social Democrats shake up leadership, focus on govt
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party shuffled its top leadership Tuesday, seeking to end internal squabbles and re-focus its members on passing an agreement to form a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
Germany’s Schulz abandons plan to become foreign minister
BERLIN (AP) — Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats, on Friday abandoned his plan to become the country's foreign minister, hoping to prevent his party from rejecting a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
The Latest: Schulz: many policy aims included in German deal
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on negotiations to form a new German government (all times local):
German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz says his party was able to achieve many of its policy goals in a new coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, including better support for families and workers.
Talks to forming new German government go into overtime
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats pushed into the night Tuesday to try and finalize a deal on forming a new government and bringing an end to the country's political limbo a major step closer.
The two sides had hoped to finish the job of hammering out a coalition deal Sunday, but budgeted for two extra days as a precaution when they started formal negotiations on Jan. 26.
German forge ahead with talks on new coalition government
BERLIN (AP) — The prospective partners in Germany's new government forged ahead Monday with their push to nail down a coalition deal, but with several issues still to be worked out, negotiators suggested they'd need at least another day to finalize an agreement.
German talks on coalition govt move ahead as deadline looms
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats nudged closer Friday to an agreement on a coalition government after reaching new compromises on infrastructure, environment and other issues.
The two sides have set Sunday as a deadline to wrap up their negotiations, though they've budgeted two extra days for talks that they're widely expected to use.
"Care over speed," is what's needed now, Social Democrats leader Martin Schulz told reporters.
German Social Democrats OK coalition talks with Merkel bloc
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Social Democrats voted Sunday to open talks on forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after party leaders urged members to overcome their apprehensions for the good of the country and stability of Europe.
Delegates of the center-left party voted 362 to 279 in favor of opening coalition negotiations with Merkel's Union bloc after an emotional daylong debate in Bonn.
The Latest: German Social Dems vote to enter coalition talks
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on efforts to create a new coalition government in Germany (all times local):
Germany's Social Democrats have voted to enter coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a key step toward ending political gridlock and forming a new government.
Delegates in Bonn voted 362 to 279 on Sunday in favor of opening the coalition talks.
Germany’s Social Democrats consider opening govt talks
BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats made a final push Saturday to try and convince party members to approve opening talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a new coalition government, saying it was the best option left on the table.
German center-left leaders push for talks with Merkel
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats are lobbying hard for party members to vote this weekend for opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Union bloc.
Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz was traveling Wednesday through the states of Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate to seek approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's conservatives.
Social Democrats push back against German ‘grand’ coalition
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's center-left Social Democrats lobbied party members Tuesday to vote in favor of opening coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, amid strong opposition from grassroots members.
Martin Schulz made the rounds in the populous state of North-Rhine Westphalia, talking with party members to push for their approval at a party convention Sunday to open formal negotiations with Merkel's Union bloc.
German center-left party battles over new Merkel coalition
BERLIN (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a new alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Monday to win over members of Germany's main center-left party who will decide this weekend whether to negotiate a new governing coalition.
Germany’s Merkel closer to breaking impasse over new govt
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel took a significant step toward ending Germany's lengthy political impasse by securing a preliminary agreement Friday to enter formal coalition talks with a center-left party. The deal was welcomed by Germany's European allies, but her prospective partner now faces a tough task to sell it to skeptical supporters.
Prospective Merkel partner wants to make Germany EU ‘motor’
BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats says he hopes talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on a new government will produce results that make the country "the motor of European policy."
Martin Schulz's Social Democrats and Merkel's conservative Union bloc are aiming to decide by Friday whether they want to launch formal negotiations on renewing their governing coalition of the past four years.
German party leaders meet ahead of coalition talks
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with the leaders of two other parties to prepare the ground for preliminary coalition talks starting Sunday.
Martin Schulz of the center-left Social Democrats said the talks Wednesday would focus on technical issues rather than political substance.
Schulz and Merkel are joined by the chancellor's Bavarian ally, Horst Seehofer, whose party has demanded a tougher line on immigration.
Merkel focused on grand coalition with Social Democrats
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservative bloc is embarking on exploratory talks with the Social Democrats with the goal of forming a so-called "grand coalition," despite the center-left party saying it would also consider other options.
Merkel told reporters Monday after meeting with her party's leadership that anything other than a grand coalition would be considered a failure of the preliminary talks.
Germany’s Social Democrats to talk with Merkel on new gov’t
BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of Germany's center-left Social Democrats agreed Friday to enter exploratory talks on joining or supporting a new government under Chancellor Angela Merkel, moving unprecedentedly long efforts to form a new administration a small step forward.
Hungary: Officials compare Germany’s Martin Schulz to Hitler
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian government official has criticized the suggestion by Germany's Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz that the EU should become a federal "United States of Europe" and countries that refuse should be forced to leave the bloc, saying that is the kind of "ultimatum" Hungary last received from Adolf Hitler.
German FM: ‘United States of Europe’ wouldn’t negate nations
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says a "United States of Europe" proposed by his party's leader wouldn't spell the end of nation-states on the continent.
Martin Schulz, who heads the center-left Social Democrats, told a party meeting last week that countries refusing to sign a treaty establishing a federal "United States of Europe" by 2025 should leave the European Union.
Germany’s Social Democrats OK talks on a new Merkel govt
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democrats agreed Thursday to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least to support a minority government.
Party leader Martin Schulz, Merkel's defeated challenger in Germany's Sept. 24 election, secured a party congress's agreement to a motion calling for talks on "whether and in what form" the party could support a new government.
The Latest: German Social Democrats back talks on government
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on efforts to form a new government in Germany (all times local):
Members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats have agreed to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least support a minority government.
A party congress voted Thursday to support a motion put forward by party leaders that called for talks on "whether and in what form" the Social Democrats can support a new government.
German Social Democrats argue over possible Merkel coalition
BERLIN (AP) — Members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats aired differences Tuesday over whether to renew their governing coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, while the right of migrants to bring relatives to Germany resurfaced as a potential sticking point.
Merkel, rival meet German president amid gov’t impasse
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president brought together Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the center-left Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, on Thursday night with the aim of breaking the impasse over the formation of a new government.
President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the party leaders together after talks between Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties to form a previously untried coalition collapsed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her European Union partners it's business as usual again as she returned to the international stage and the Social Democratic opposition leader opened the door to a governing coalition for the bloc's biggest economy.
Germany’s SPD to join talks on resolving government impasse
BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats said Friday his party will join talks on forming a new government, reversing his stance and raising the prospect of an end to the political impasse that has existed since inconclusive national elections in September.
Martin Schulz told reporters in Berlin that the Social Democrats were now willing to meet with other parties, but insisted that the talks "won't automatically take a particular direction.
Pressure grows on German Social Democrats in govt impasse
BERLIN (AP) — Pressure grew Thursday within Germany's Social Democratic Party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, after her talks with other parties collapsed over the weekend.
Gerhard Schroeder to chair Russia’s state oil company
MOSCOW (AP) — Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has been named the new chairman of the Russian state oil giant Rosneft, the company said Friday.
Schroeder's intention of joining the Rosneft board had drawn criticism from his successor as chancellor, Angela Merkel, and from Martin Schulz, the leader of Schroeder's center-left Social Democrats in Germany.
Germany: Merkel faces thorny task in building new government
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended an election campaign that left her conservative bloc in first place but significantly weakened as she embarked Monday on what could be a lengthy quest to form a new government.
Merkel wins 4th term as nationalists enter German parliament
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament.
Merkel's center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, conceded his Social Democrats had suffered a "crushing election defeat," with projections showing the party's worst performance in post-World War II Germany.
The Latest: Merkel’s bloc comes 1st in German election
BERLIN (AP) — The latest on Germany's national election (all times local):
Election officials confirm Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has come first in Germany's election, paving the way for her to lead the country for a fourth term.
The federal election authority said early Monday that Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Bavarian-only Christian Social Union combined for 33 percent of the vote.
After humdrum German campaign, Merkel hopes for fourth term
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel appears all but certain to win a fourth term when Germans vote Sunday after a humdrum campaign produced few divisive issues but saw smaller parties gain support — including the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany, which is set to become the most right-wing party in parliament for 60 years.
Germany’s Schulz: committed European with a checkered past
BERLIN (AP) — Martin Schulz's route to becoming Angela Merkel's challenger for German chancellor has been strewn with highs and lows: failed dreams of a soccer career, a bout of alcohol addiction, running a bookshop, a spell as a small-town mayor and high-profile years as the president of the European Parliament.
Germany: Merkel’s challenger lists red lines for governing
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left challenger set out Monday what he said are non-negotiable aims for entering Germany's next government, among them ensuring equal pay for men and women and insisting that the retirement age mustn't rise beyond 67.
Ex-UKIP head Farage would take Merkel over Schulz
BERLIN (AP) — Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, whose party helped bring about the British decision to leave the European Union, says he'd prefer the next German government be led by Chancellor Angela Merkel than her main challenger Martin Schulz, but that he's "not a big fan of either."
Turkey slams Merkel and rival for anti-Turkish rhetoric
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials have denounced German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, her main opponent in this month's general election, for their anti-Turkish rhetoric during a televised debate.
Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish presidency, said in a tweet Monday that Merkel and her Social Democratic Party rival were seeking to divert attention from urgent issues in their country and in Europe, such as a surge in discrimination and racism.
German opposition leaders fault Merkel-Schulz debate
BERLIN (AP) — German opposition leaders are complaining that Chancellor Angela Merkel and challenger Martin Schulz left key issues unmentioned in their single televised debate ahead of the Sept. 24 election.
Sunday night's debate saw Merkel and Schulz lock horns over how to deal with Turkey and the issue of migrants.
Merkel, rival Schulz spar over Turkey in TV election debate
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left rival, Martin Schulz, locked horns over how to deal with Turkey in their only televised debate Sunday, three weeks before the country's general election.
Schulz, a former president of the European Union's legislative body, said he would end talks with Ankara about joining the bloc because of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian policies.
German election: Merkel, Schulz gear up for TV showdown
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her center-left rival, Martin Schulz, are preparing for their only televised debate before the Sept. 24 election following a campaign that so far has lacked a head-to-head showdown between the two leading candidates.
Merkel challenger seeks momentum from German election debate
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left challenger in Germany's Sept. 24 election says he hopes to generate momentum from their single head-to-head televised debate this weekend.
Polls currently give Merkel's conservative bloc a lead of 13-17 points over challenger Martin Schulz's Social Democrats. But Schulz told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland newspaper group in comments published Friday that "a successful duel can create momentum."
Germany’s Schroeder says he’ll go ahead with Rosneft plan
BERLIN (AP) — Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is vowing to go ahead with a plan to join the board of directors of Russian oil giant Rosneft, a move that has drawn criticism ahead of his country's election.
Schroeder was close to Russian President Vladimir Putin as chancellor and became involved with a Russian-German gas pipeline project shortly after he left office in 2005, a commitment that has raised questions at home.
Merkel: Europe still ‘hasn’t done homework’ on refugees
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago and that Europe hasn't done enough to develop long-term solutions to the migration crisis since then.
A day after discussing the continuing influx of migrants with leaders from Africa and other European countries, Merkel tackled head-on an issue that once looked as if it would be a liability for her in Germany's Sept. 24 election.
Merkel vows to enhance German wealth, security in 4th term
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she wants to continue ruling Germany to help improve the wealth and security of its 82 million residents and to foster solidarity among all parts of society.
Merkel is running for a fourth term as chancellor in a national election on Sept. 24. She said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF that she also wants to improve schools and education, and to push for more electric automobiles.
German pol slams Trump’s ‘downplaying of Nazi violence’
BERLIN (AP) — A leading German politician has branded U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on the events surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia as "highly dangerous."
Martin Schulz, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel's main challenger in next month's election, said Germany has to "do everything to avoid things here going the way they are in America."
Merkel challenger remains confident of unseating chancellor
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel's main challenger in the country's upcoming general election said Sunday he remains confident he can unseat the chancellor despite her wide lead in the polls.
Martin Schulz, who was president of the European Parliament until January, said on Germany's ZDF television's "Berlin Direkt" program that there are still six weeks of campaigning to go before the Sept. 24 vote.
"I think that I still have a good chance to lead the next government," he said.
Merkel rival Schulz calls for electric car quotas in Europe
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's main rival in Germany's upcoming election is calling for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars.
Martin Schulz told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper in an interview published Friday that binding quotas would help support electric car technology.
Schulz, whose center-left Social Democratic Party lags far behind Merkel's conservative bloc in the polls, didn't say how high the quota should be.