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Social Democratic Party leaders including Olaf Scholz, the chancellor candidate for party, at the SDP headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on 27 September 2021 | Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz | Bloomberg

Angela Merkel’s party losing German election triggers tricky search for new govt

As the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat Merkel's center-right Union bloc, winning party's Olaf Scholz & Armin Laschet from losing camp laid claim to leading the next govt.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (file photo) | Bloomberg

If anybody can lead EU after Angela Merkel, it’s Super Mario

What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.

If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI

PM Modi’s approval ratings rise to 70%, highest among 13 world leaders, survey finds

The development came months after Modi’s ratings took a hit amid the massive second Covid-19 wave across the country.

Imran Khan’s poster diplomacy has Merkel, Boris Johnson. But Pakistanis can’t stop laughing

Announcement posters of Imran Khan’s phone calls with different world leaders, on the Afghan-Taliban issue, have led to a meme fest in Pakistan.
File image of Armin Laschet, successor to Angela Merkel as leader of political party Democratic Union of Germany | Commons

Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel’s successor, needs to strike the right tone with Biden & EU

Challenge for Armin Laschet, who takes over as head of Merkel's party, will be to offer continuity while carving his own path with an eye on the September elections.
File image of Armin Laschet, successor to Angela Merkel as leader of political party Democratic Union of Germany | Commons

Outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel’s loyalist Armin Laschet elected party leader

Laschet beat long-time Merkel critic Friedrich Merz to become the leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds Trump’s forced social media exile ‘problematic’

The German leader’s stance was echoed by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who said that the state and not 'the digital oligarchy' is responsible for regulations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her visit to New Delhi, India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

PM Modi briefs Germany’s Angela Merkel on Covid vaccine development in India

In a video-conference held Wednesday, Modi assured the German Chancellor of India's commitment to deploy its capacities for the benefit of the world.
File photo of Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel speaking during an official dinner | Photographer: Sarah Pabst | Bloomberg

Angela Merkel orders Germany into hard lockdown as Covid cases surge

The tighter restrictions – including a ban on gatherings over the New Year – will last until 10 January after a less stringent lockdown failed to halt a surge in Covid infections and deaths.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.