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.


Five metro stations closed in Ukraine capital after bomb warning

Updated 26 May 2018
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Five metro stations closed in Ukraine capital after bomb warning

KIEV: Kiev has closed five subway stations, mostly in the central part of the Ukrainian capital, after a bomb warning, the subway operator said in a statement.
"The stations are closed to passengers and checks are being carried out," it said on Facebook.
Kiev is hosting the UEFA Champions League final later on Saturday in which Liverpool will play Real Madrid.