German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) shakes hands with German President Joachim Gauck while receiving her certificate of appointment at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 17, 2013. Angela Merkel was reelected in a vote in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday for a third term, and her coalition government will be sworn into office to rule Europe's biggest economy for the next four years. (Xinhua/Guo Yang)
Merkel reelected German chancellor for third term
BERLIN, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel was reelected in a vote in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday for a third term, and her coalition government will be sworn into office to rule Europe's biggest economy for the next four years.Full story
German parties formally signs coalition deal
BERLIN, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- German party leaders on Monday formally signed a coalition agreement outlining Germany's key policies for the next four years.
The 185-page deal, entitled "Shaping Germany's Future", was signed by Angela Merkel, head of Christian Democratic Union (CDU), with her counterparts Horst Seehofer from the Chrisitian Social Union (CSU) and Sigmar Gabriel from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as well as other senior party officials.Full story
China welcomes new government of Germany
BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday welcomed the new government of Germany.
"The Chinese side congratulates Germany for the pending formation of a new government," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.Full story