• Merkel’s bloc expected to decide Monday whom to back for president

    Merkel’s bloc expected to decide Monday whom to back for president

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are set to decide Monday whether to back centre-left Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become Germany’s next president or propose a rival candidate, a party source said.

    The news came after the latest meeting Sunday between the Christian Democrats (CDU) head and her two partners in the ruling right-left grand coalition on filling the largely ceremonial post ended without breakthrough.

    The three party leaders have wrangled for months over whom to nominate as a potential successor to President […]

  • No exit talks until UK presses button, says Merkel

    No exit talks until UK presses button, says Merkel

    There will be no talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union until the UK formally starts the process to leave, according to the German Chancellor.

    Angela Merkel said while it was understandable that Britain needed time before triggering its exit from the European Union, she warned against dragging the process out.

    “We cannot afford to have a long period of uncertainty,” she said. “I think that would not be good for either the EU’s 27 member states or Britain. But I […]