|German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts after elected during the meeting of Bundestag, lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 17, 2013. Germany's Angela Merkel was formally elected chancellor for a third term on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Fan)
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.
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