Responses to the outcome of the exploratory coalition talks in Berlin were decidedly low key. Many had hoped for serious corporate tax cuts. Others had hoped for a stronger lead on digitalization
Germany's defense minister plans to increase military spending to the NATO target of 2% of gross domestic product. The SPD, Merkel's coalition partners, said they would not allow Trump to dictate military spending.
Nearly 60% of Germans say Angela Merkel's shaking in public is a personal matter, according to a survey. The chancellor, who turns 65 next week, has led Germany since 2005.
Angela Merkel was born on July 17, 1954. She became German chancellor in 2005, fundamentally changing the country. Often praised for her calm demeanor, her time in power has nonetheless been turbulent.
Here's a look at Germany's political parties, who they are and what they want.
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