German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said.
Germany's chancellor has hinted that defense spending is likely to increase in years ahead, saying reaching NATO's target was "not completely beyond the imagination." It comes amid budget talks and pressure from allies.
Angela Merkel faces the awkward task of persuading Germans she has something new to offer during her fourth term as chancellor. So can a 12-year veteran still change her leadership style?
Senior German conservatives want to set up new "values lessons" for refugee children in German schools, according to a newspaper report. The standards are to be held above cultural or religious views.
The French president's urgent demands for EU reform could well be slowed down when he visits Berlin this week. Angela Merkel's conservatives are not on board with his plans to expand the bloc's bailout program.
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