September 23, 2005 |
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel met for the first time since Sunday's election but showed no signs of settling a bitter standoff over who won the vote and who should lead Germany if their parties are forced into a coalition. Merkel's party won 27.8%, and the Christian Social Union won 7.4%, giving their alliance 35.2%. Schroeder's party won 34.3%.
September 20, 2005 |
And the new chancellor is: Nobody knows. Germany was in political disarray Monday as Mercedes caravans carrying party leaders raced through the capital's streets and backroom whisperings were later finessed into sound bites. But it may take liberals and conservatives weeks to form a coalition government following a Sunday election that jolted the nation into uncertainty by giving no party a mandate.
July 2, 2005 |
Facing high unemployment and an inability to reform the welfare state, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder deliberately lost a confidence vote in Parliament on Friday, opening the way for early elections that are expected to push his liberal coalition from power. Schroeder called for the vote after a series of political defeats and widening divisions within his Social Democratic Party over how to reform one of Europe's most generous welfare systems.
January 2, 2004 |
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will become the first German leader to attend a commemoration of the 1944 D-day landings in June, after being invited by France. Ten years ago, Paris did not ask Chancellor Helmut Kohl to the high-profile 50th anniversary. French President Jacques Chirac's invitation marks a gesture of reconciliation contrasting with that apparent snub. "Mr.
May 17, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell met Friday with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in an effort to repair a battered transatlantic relationship and reach an agreement on Washington's desire to end 12 years of international economic sanctions against Iraq. On a windy day in a capitol clattering with construction, Schroeder -- whose opposition to the Iraq war drew the ire of the Bush administration -- indicated that he supports the quick dismantling of the United Nations sanctions.
April 3, 2003
I wanted to share an anecdote that happened Saturday when I took my 5-year-old and his grandmother to Disneyland. My family is of German descent and, although I was raised in Pasadena, I typically speak to my mother and my son in German. My 65-year-old mother and I were standing in line waiting for one of the rides. As we were talking, a fairly average-looking guy and his female partner verbally attacked us after they heard us speak German. Before we could tell the guy that we were American citizens, a number of epithets flew our way and we were encouraged to return to Germany to join our fascist leader, Gerhard Schroeder.