Merkel takes oath at peak of power on return to EU stage

Chancellor Angela Merkel locked in her dominance of Germany as she took charge of a third term that allows her to again press her agenda for Europe.

17th December, 2013
Angela Merkel has again totally monopolised the centre of German politics, said an analyst.

Chancellor Angela Merkel locked in her dominance of Germany as she took charge of a third term that allows her to again press her agenda for Europe.

After cajoling the defeated Social Democratic Party to become her junior coalition partner, Merkel was elected chancellor by lawmakers today under the glass dome of the Reichstag building in Berlin, two days before European Union leaders meet in Brussels to hammer out measures to strengthen banks.

Merkel, 59,...

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