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Merkel wants to stop Left Party

Alarmed by the success of the Left Party in western German elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a meeting with Kurt Beck, head of the centre-left SPD party, to talk about how to stop the left-wing party's growing popularity.

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Berlin in chaos with transit strike and power outages

Berlin's public transport system has come to a standstill because of a strike by mass transit workers. The result is a “chaotic situation,” according to a passenger organization IGEB.