Germany’s two largest political parties have agreed to keep the details of their exploratory coalition talks secret. Despite that, some reports suggest that compromises on energy policy and taxation have been reached.
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.
The SPD hasn't showered its new leader with premature praise. But Andrea Nahles shouldn't take it personally. Her poor election result is just an indication of how wary the party is, says DW's Sabine Kinkartz.
Andrea Nahles has become the first woman to lead Germany's Social Democrats — though by a disappointing margin of votes. She must simultaneously attempt to lead and reform the SPD, Jefferson Chase reports from Wiesbaden.
Germany and France are the drivers of European Union integration. But Chancellor Angela Merkel could struggle if she tries keeping up with President Emmanuel Macron's breakneck reform agenda, says DW's Jens Thurau.
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