German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the federal executive board of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, on October 23, 2017 on the eve of further exploratory talks between potential coalition partners. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Agrees Coalition Government but Hurdle Remains

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country’s main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gridlock. The

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LIVEWIRE: Germany Federal Elections 2017 Results

All polls leading into today’s German national election favour a decisive win for present Chancellor Angela Merkel, huge gains for the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) and potentially one of the worst election results in history for the Social Democrats and Martin Schulz.

German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel leads the weekly cabinet meeting on August 2, 2017 at the Chancellery in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / AXEL SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

German Foreign Minister Backs Kicking Out U.S. Nukes

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has supported a proposal from Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz saying that Germany should remove the 20 or so U.S. nuclear weapons from the country.