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Merkel: Too sexy for the European Parliament

An artist complains about a ban on his portrait of the German chancellor.

Early divisions augur hard going for Germany’s grand coalition

BERLIN — Angela Merkel's fractured hip may be the least of her worries. The German chancellor’s holiday skiing accident has stuck her with as much as three weeks of bed rest. But a spat between her conservative and liberal allies that’s threatening to derail her 'grand coalition' before it even gets rolling is surely more troubling.

Merkel coasts to likely victory

BERLIN — “More,” Angela Merkel's campaign motto, is probably her Christian Democratic Party needs to win the most seats in parliament next month. However, it’s far from clear which parties they would have to join to form a ruling coalition — nor is it fully guaranteed an alliance of opposition groups wouldn’t be able to force Merkel out.

Elysee Treaty: France and Germany celebrate 50 years of friendship

Despite the professions of friendship, the anniversary falls at a tense time for the allies.

Chatter: Ms Merkel goes to Athens

Protesters await the German chancellor's arrival in Greece, Mexico claims a major victory in its war on drugs, and some loon prepares to show us what happens to the human body when it plummets to earth from space.
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Protesters await the German chancellor's arrival in Greece, Mexico claims a major victory in its war on drugs, and some loon prepares to show us what happens to the human body when it plummets to earth from space.
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German president asks Angela Merkel to explain euro crisis better

"Sometimes it's too laborious to explain what's at stake," President Joachim Gauck said, "and sometimes there's a lack of energy to tell the public very openly about what's really going on."

Did Merkel just get trounced?

So far, investors have argued that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the big loser at this week's EU summit, as new deals struck mean Germany will have to shell out more cash.

Business Insider: Spanish youth say Merkel reigns supreme

"We do whatever she asks us to do."

Business Insider: Merkel scrutinized as euro-zone members seek bailouts

Months ago, people across Europe were finally beginning to vocally question the German model of dealing with the debt crisis, which was: austerity + strict reforms. The reason people were questioning it was simple: It wasn't working. Not only were economies collapsing around the periphery, it wasn't accomplishing the official goal, which was to make the state solvent. Borrowing costs had only been shooting up. But in the months since, we've seen Sarkozy lose. We've seen the pro-bailout parties in Greece fail to form a coalition, and we've seen Merkel suffer more defeats in regional elections. So from a pure power standpoint, Merkel is the weakest she's been since the crisis began. A major eurobond coalition is forming among the French, Italian, and Spanish, as they all come for German money.

German cabinet gives itself a pay rise

It's the first time the cabinet has taken a pay rise since 2000.
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