French president Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke for "over two hours" with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts Sunday, the Elysee said, with the latest ceasefire deadline in Ukraine looming.
Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new government to formally take power after months of coalition talks.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a pastor`s daughter who grew up under communism, rose to become the world`s most powerful woman, governing Europe`s biggest economy and setting the political tone on the continent.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to hold a third round of talks on Thursday as the two parties moved closer to form a new coalition government.
The chances for a new `grand coalition` between German chancellor Angela Merkel`s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have improved following their exploratory talks here.