German governing parties punished in state election
German governing parties punished in state election
German SPD leader gives Merkel an ultimatum after state vote lossesMore
29 October, 2018, 14:12
The German Chancellor told leaders of her Christian Democrats (CDU) that she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman, a senior party source told Reuters.
Mrs Merkel's predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, stepped down as leader of his party in 2004 but remained chancellor.
Mrs Merkel has been CDU chairman since 2000 and has held the post of Chancellor for 13 years.
Merkel now governs Germany in a "grand coalition" of what traditionally have been the country's biggest parties - the CDU, Bavaria's CSU, and the Social Democrats.
Two weeks ago, two of the federal governing parties - the Christian Social Union, the Bavaria-only sister to Merkel's CDU, and the Social Democrats - were battered in a state election in neighboring Bavaria.
At the weekend, the CDU performed poorly in the elections in the central German state of Hesse.
The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) fared even worse, winning just 20 percent of the vote, down from 30.7 percent and its worst result in the western state since 1946.
As the country's two traditionally dominant centrist parties flailed in Hesse, forces on either flank surged: The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the progressive Greens.
Angela Merkel is reportedly set to give up the leadership of her party. However, the CDU's share of the vote fell by more than 11 points, to 27% - marking the worst result for the party since 1962.
In September past year, Merkel's CDU party won the general election but more than 13% of the voting population chose the right-wing nationalists AfD, which are anti-Islam and anti-refugee.
She argued that the three governing parties should instead, after the Hesse vote, prioritize a few policies and implement them as "an important signal" to Germans of the government's effectiveness.
Merkel has dragged the CDU to the political center in her years as leader, dropping military conscription, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children, and abruptly accelerating the shutdown of Germany's nuclear power plants following Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Carsten Nickel, managing director at political consultancy firm Teneo, said: "We are witnessing a continuation of the pattern in place ever since Merkel's mistakes in the 2015 migration crisis: the gradual but steady erosion of her political power". The party blamed its problems on federal-level politics, as SPD leader Andrea Nahles stated that the performance of the CDU/SPD grand coalition was one of the reasons for the crash and claimed that it was "clear that something has to change".
She also faces pressure from her Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners, who have also bled support in Hesse and are under pressure to rethink their alliance with Merkel.
Die Welt reporter Robin Alexander said the path could now be clear for Merkel's chosen heir, CDU general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to take the reins if no other credible candidate emerges by December.
President Trump addresses supporters in IL following the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh . The suspect was reportedly injured when he surrendered after exchanging gunfire with police.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said on the package was removed, but a heavy police presence was still expected in the area. The package sent to Hillary and Bill Clinton's property in Chappaqua, New York was found by an employee who screens their mail.
Yesterday, the oil minister assured the market that the country was satisfied with the current oil prices. This month however, the price of crude oil has been on a free fall that started on October 10.
Supreme Court, and also worked on a team that successfully challenged the ACA's requirement to provide contraceptives coverage. And the Democrats , lacking a national spokesman - or at times a national strategy - are being forced into a defensive stance.
Sirisena is also believed to be behind a failed attempt to impeach Wickremesinghe in April. "This is an anti-democratic coup". Sirisena spoke of the assassination plot against him allegedly by an Indian with possible links to R&AW, and Mr.
The package had actually been received in the general mailroom on Wednesday , according to a law enforcement official. The package addressed to Obama was intercepted early on Wednesday by Secret Service personnel in Washington.
Just two of the last 28 league meetings between Spurs and Man City have ended as draws (11 wins for Man City, 15 wins for Spurs). The League Cup match against Spurs' London rivals would be the ideal opportunity for White to make his first team debut.
It is the middle order in Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant that needs shape and identity ahead of the World Cup next year. With this, Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and the 13 player in the world to achieve the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.
While details remain bare, NFL Network reported that Broncos players were "not happy" with Kelly's behavior at the party. Earlier in 2014, Kelly was dismissed from the Clemson football team for various offenses, including attitude issues.
Much as they did while rolling to a major-league-best 108 regular-season victories, the Red Sox also dominated the postseason. I'm going to give it everything I have. "For us to be able to turn that double play, it was huge", Price said.
In the past year, China has stepped up its outreach to Japan and others as it locked horns over trade with the United States. With the United States leaning toward protectionism, the two premiers confirmed the importance of maintaining free trade.
Bush's criminal record shows he threatened his ex-wife and punched a deputy sheriff during a family court hearing years ago. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the suspect made a racial comment to a man he encountered on his way out.
China denies report it is spying on Trump
President Donald Trump has criticized a report by the New York Times about the use of his personal cellphone. Trump , the daily said , uses an iPhone to make calls to his friends.
Trump steps up attacks on Fed chairman Jerome Powell
The target range for the federal funds rate, now at 2 percent to 2.25 percent, is nevertheless still low by historical standards. In his first major policy speech since being seated at the central bank, Clarida expressed his optimism over the USA economy.
Plant City man wins $3 million in Mega Million drawing
States receive a percentage of lottery ticket sales and use the money to support public schools or to meet other needs. The jackpot was downcasted slightly to $687.8 million, down from the Powerball's earlier estimate of $750 million.
Dhoni dropped from T20 series against Windies, Aussies
After the scare in the second ODI, India brought back their main bowlers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah into their side. West Indies beat India by 43 runs in the third one-day global in Pune on Saturday to level the five-match series at 1-1.
Let's Play Red Dead Redemption 2
It didn't take too long after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 for cheat codes in the game to be discovered. You'll do this as part of the main story in Chapter 2, specifically the Exit Pursued By a Bruised Ego mission.
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi lost game, won respect
His successors largely shut down Boston's powerhouse offense, hanging in while the Dodgers' bats went 10 innings between runs. Nathan started showing his strength as a baseball player when he played for his high school's baseball team in Alvin, TX.
CapitalTV: Prime Minister Imran Khan meets Saudi King Salman
In a statement, foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Khan's comments made in Twitter posts were "deeply regrettable". Saudi Arabia gave Pakistan a US$6-billion bailout package on Tuesday to help its close ally address its dire economic crisis.