The announcement follows two state election debacles for the federal government's "grand coalition" of her conservative Christian Democratic Union
CDU), its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union, and the centre-left Social Democrats.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to leave the post of the leader of the Christian Democratic Union
of Germany (CDU) and will not take part in the election of the CDU leader.
awkward sister to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union
. The two parties
The other, a minority one had been incensed by the migration policy under Chancellor Angela Merkel (of the ruling Christian Democratic Union
[CDU]), especially her 2015 decision to welcome 1 million (mostly Syrian) refugees from the civil wars in the Middle East - a decision perceived as highly misguided, inopportune and untimely even according to moderate Germans.
Azerbaijan is an important trading partner of Germany in the South Caucasus, the Deputy Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union
of Germany faction Johann Wadephul said.
Mark Hauptmann, a member of the Christian Democratic Union
, challenged China's claim that the scrapping of Taichung's right to host the youth games was a result of a planned referendum in Taiwan.
The announcements came in a letter Merkel wrote to leaders of her Christian Democratic Union
's Bavaria-only sister party, the Christian Social Union, as well as to her junior coalition government partner, the Social Democrats, after she attended a two-day EU summit in Brussels.
Her Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) and its sister party CSU have suffered heavy losses in the country's federal elections last year, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) scored record gains and entered the parliament for the first time.
Markus Soeder, whose conservative CSU party faces a far-right challenge in state elections in October, declared that "the cross is a fundamental symbol of our Bavarian identity and way of life." It should be seen as a cultural rather than a religious symbol, added Soeder of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union
Summary: More than five months after Germany's federal election last September, a new grand coalition government -- comprising Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union
, the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) -- has finally been formed.
In the afternoon, Merkel sits down with her new cabinet, in which the SPD has wrested both the trophy posts of finance and foreign affairs to the dismay of a growing band of critics within her Christian Democratic Union
by Sophia BeschDietmar Nietan, left, and Olaf Scholz of Social Democratic Party (SPD) attend a news conference to announce the results of the voting for a possible coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) in Berlin, Germany March 4, 2018.