Merkel hopes to revive Ukraine peace deal after Russian Federation election

13 March, 2018, 12:34 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Merkel hopes to revive Ukraine peace deal after Russian Federation election

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to work for a strong Europe and said she's hopeful talks can resolve the standoff over US tariffs, declaring that "it's finally time to start work" as Germany's new government prepares to take office, reports AP.

The SPD last week voted in favor of another grand coalition with Angela Merkel's center-right alliance - which includes her Christian Democrats (CDU) and her Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - clearing the way for a new government to take office and putting an end to months of political instability.

"The fourth "grand coalition" in Germany didn't start as a marriage of love", said Scholz, the acting Social Democrat leader.

Merkel is scheduled to be sworn in for a fourth term as German chancellor Wednesday this week, along with the new German government, after nearly six months since federal elections took place in the country.

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Merkel's designated new finance chief Scholz will also soon visit France, she said. "Of course, for all the positions to be filled in the next year ... we will have good candidates, but I don't want to speculate today", Merkel said. What's more, he speaks fluent German after working as a KGB agent in East Germany, and she speaks good Russian after growing up outside East Berlin and spending time in Moscow.

Macron, in a landmark speech past year, urged a major reform drive to reinvigorate the European Union at a time of rising populist challenges, with proposals including a common eurozone finance minister and budget. Merkel welcomed talks the European Union has already started, and said the new German government will hold talks of its own.

In Kyiv, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Ukraine to implement anti-corruption reforms demanded by worldwide creditors.

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