Berlin's SPD Mayor Michael Mueller said he was "very critical" about entering into another government with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc after all three parties slumped to their worst results in decades in last September's election.
Before the ink was even dry on the roadmap for her new administration, observers branded Merkel and the team she's likely to lead a "losers'" coalition with little ambition or power to tackle the major challenges facing the country and the continent.
Creating facts unilaterally further complicates future negotiations, German foreign ministry says.
After more than 24 hours of talks, party chiefs and their teams reached an in-principle deal to start formal coalition talks that could lead in the coming months to a new government for the biggest EU economy, they told AFP.
During visit to Germany, Turkish foreign minister urges action on Customs Union, fighting terrorist groups
‘It is time to adopt new approaches in Turkey-Germany relations,' Foreign Minister Cavusoglu writes in German media outlet
Sigmar Gabriel told reporters after talks in Kiev with Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin that such a force was "essential" for ensuring the territorial integrity of the war-scarred former Soviet state.
Russian Foreign Ministry says demonstrations in Iran are country’s 'internal affair'
Consumer prices in Europe's biggest economy rose by 1.7 percent year-on-year this month, according to figures from federal statistics authority Destatis, faster than the 1.5-percent growth predicted by analysts.
Vietnam's communist government has jailed or arrested scores of former officials, bankers and state executives this year as part of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that some observers say is driven by political infighting.
President of German Travel Association says last-minute reservations for Turkey increased
Merkel, Macron call on Russia to reconsider pulling out Russian officers from cease-fire monitoring body
Berlin welcomes release of German citizen David Britsch, arrested near Syrian border
Berlin urges Russia to use its influence on Assad regime to allow urgent medical evacuations, access to 400,000 civilians
For all of 2017, "I presume a total of fewer than 200,000 migrants," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was quoted as saying by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
Peter Altmaier expresses hope for finding solutions to current problems through enhanced dialogue between Berlin, Ankara
Lawmakers approve extending Germany’s contribution to international missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali
Authorities claim Chinese secret services use fake accounts to extract sensitive information
New opinion poll shows 52 percent are against coalition government
'We do not want a Libya that becomes a plaything for international interests,' says Merkel
Dozens trapped after passenger train hits freight train in town of Meerbusch on the northwestern outskirts of Düsseldorf