Merkel, Macron hopeful about German coalition talks

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Jan. 19, 2018.(AFP)
Updated 19 January 2018
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Merkel, Macron hopeful about German coalition talks

PARIS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing optimism that a weekend meeting by the rival Social Democrats will lead to coalition talks with her conservatives that could end months of tense political limbo in Europe’s leading economy.
Meeting Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Merkel said she hopes the party congress will “give the green light for us to enter coalition negotiations.”
She says she’s “approaching the matter optimistically but noted it’s “an independent decision for the Social Democrats.” Macron was hopeful, stressing that Europe is eager for a stable German government.
The Social Democrats’ meeting Sunday will decide whether to open formal coalition negotiations with Merkel’s conservative Union bloc, nearly four months after Germany’s election. Leaders of the center-left party face resistance to renewing its alliance with Merkel.


Shooting at London tube station leaves 3 people injured

Updated 21 August 2018
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Shooting at London tube station leaves 3 people injured

  • Police say the incident is not terror-related

LONDON: A shooting at London’s Kingsbury tube station has left three people injured, police said on Monday night, adding that the shooting is “not terror related.”

“Police and LAS (London Ambulance Service) were alerted at around 2145hrs on Monday, 20 August, to reports of shots fired in Kingsbury Road, NW9,” the Met police said in a statement.

The injured people are not believed to be in a life-threatening condition, the police said.

“A crime scene is in place and local roads are closed. There has been no arrest at this early stage,” the statement added.