German chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time signalled her intention to seek a third term in 2013, although a poll this weekend showed Peer Steinbrueck of the main opposition party gaining more support from voters.
ANGELA Merkel was yesterday elected as Germany's first female leader by the parliament in Berlin.
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AT LONG last, Angela Merkel is Germany's new - and first woman - chancellor. Although continuity will remain the hallmark of foreign policy, Germany's international engagement under Mrs Merkel will sound and feel different from that under Gerhard Schröder's leadership.
Angela Merkel will today become Germany's eighth post-war chancellor and the first woman ever to lead her country. H
Conservative and centre-left leaders in Germany have signed an agreement that will see their parties form a coalition government - the last step before Angela Merkel is elected as first female chancellor.
GERMANY'S post-election farce claimed another victim yesterday when the Bavarian premier, Edmund Stoiber, announced that he will stay in Munich instead of serving in a cabinet under Angela Merkel.
GERHARD Schröder, who stepped down on Monday as chancellor of Germany, has been offered a highly-paid post in the Russian energy giant Gazprom by Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, according to reports.
ANGELA Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal agreed yesterday that forced Gerhard Schröder to concede defeat three weeks after losing the general election.
CONSERVATIVE leader Angela Merkel was today set to become Germany's first female chancellor.
GERHARD Schröder, the German chancellor, and Angela Merkel, the conservative leader, were due to meet last night to try to resolve a bitter row over who should lead Germany and lay the foundations of a coalition government of their rival parties.
GERMAN conservatives expect Gerhard Schröder, the chancellor, to yield to Angela Merkel in their stand-off over who will head a new government, but a final deal will not come before Sunday, party leaders said yesterday.
THE German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, and his conservative rival, Angela Merkel, will hold summit talks tonight to try to thrash out who will be the country's next leader.
GERMAN Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has for the first time hinted he might abandon his claim to lead the next government.
GERMANY'S protracted general election finally ended yesterday with another victory for the conservative CDU party. It now seems certain that Angela Merkel will be proclaimed chancellor in the days ahead.
GERHARD Schroeder's Social Democrats and Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have refused to budge in their battle to lead Germany, ahead of a ballot today that will conclude the country's election.
GERMANY was yesterday heading for a "grand coalition" government between the two main parties, with reports suggesting Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was preparing to stand down on Monday as the country commemorates 15 years of reunification between East and West.
GERMANY'S economic malaise has turned to paralysis after last week's general election in which neither leading party secured enough votes to form a majority government.
GERMANY'S chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, said yesterday he was prepared for coalition talks without preconditions to end the political confusion as his Social Democrats agreed to meet with the conservative Christian Democrats.
CHANCELLOR Gerhard Schröder issued a veiled threat that he could resign on Monday, warning left-wing malcontents that they will paralyse his government if they do not back reforms designed to revive the stalled German economy.
GERMANY’S crisis-stricken red-green government looks set to collapse in March - six months after re-election.