Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over reports Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone was monitored by U.S. spy agencies as European Union leaders prepared to discuss tighter data protection.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gained a tailwind in her bid to win a third term as her Bavarian ally won a regional election, drubbing the opposition Social Democrats seven days before the national vote.
Peer Steinbrueck, the Social Democrat trying to unseat Angela Merkel as German chancellor, drew controversy by striking a vulgar pose in the cover photo of a popular magazine, deriding his critics nine days before voters go the ballot box.
German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg quit amid allegations that he plagiarized passages of his doctoral thesis, depriving Chancellor Angela Merkel of her most popular Cabinet member in an election year.
On election night in September 2009, Angela Merkel told her Christian Democrats they achieved “something fantastic” by ousting the Social Democrats from Germany’s governing coalition for the first time since 1998.