Angela Merkel’s economic legacy: strong growth, ailing infrastructure

Sep 8, 2020
As the German leader approaches the end of her long tenure in office, we assess her achievements and the challenges facing her country after her departure.
After 15 years as Germany's top leader, Angela Merkel is set to end her tenure next year.
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Trump stirs controversy during U.K. visit

Jul 13, 2018
President Donald Trump has stirred up a hornet's nest in the U.K. with his blunt comments about Brexit.
President Donald Trump (L) speaks during a press conference with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May following their meeting at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, near Ellesborough, northwest of London on July 13, 2018 on the second day of Trump's U.K. visit.
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How U.S. trade policy risks isolating the country from traditional allies

Jun 11, 2018
President Donald Trump backed out of a joint statement with the other six countries of the G-7 and lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter after Trudeau said Canada would push forward with retaliatory tariffs. A photo from the weekend kind of sums it all up: Trump’s seated, arms crossed, eyebrows raised, […]

Another week, another round of trade conversations

Apr 27, 2018
This week European leaders met with President Trump, there's new numbers on the economy out ... let's break down the week's economic news.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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Trade to figure heavily in Merkel’s meeting with Trump

Apr 26, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Donald Trump tomorrow, just ahead of the May 1 deadline for averting the steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration announced last month. What is the German leader hoping to get from her talks with the president? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Merkel to stress tariffs threat to American jobs

Apr 25, 2018
Call it a one-two punch from the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit the White House on Friday, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron. The two European leaders are pushing the same agenda in their meetings with Trump.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Angela Merkel's woes echo beyond Germany's borders

Dec 7, 2017
The chancellor is struggling to secure a ruling coalition. The EU could be affected.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political vulnerability coincides with French President Emanuel Macron's call for an overhaul of the European Union.
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Germany won't have a government anytime soon

Nov 20, 2017
The German parliament still has not formed a coalition government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. 
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Will Merkel go along with Macron's EU reform plan?

Oct 9, 2017
The French president needs German support for his ambitious program, which includes closer cooperation between the member states.
“[French President Emmanuel] Macron and France are incredibly important to Germany and the stability of the European Union, now with Britain out,” says Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform. Above, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron talk before the G20 Summit in June in Berlin.
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How Germany's election shake-up could change its economy

Sep 25, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun the long process of forming a new coalition government. Merkel won the largest number of votes by far in Sunday’s election, but millions of Germans defected from the mainstream parties and supported the anti-Islamic, anti-immigration Alternative for Deutschland. For the first time since World War II, a far-right party will be […]