Christian Democrats (CDU)

European Parliament confirmed Von der Leyen as the new European Commission President

German Ursula Von der Leyen was elected President of European Commission in Brussels.
On 1 November, Von der Leyen will be the first woman to take on the Commission presidency.
383 MEPs supported her, while 327 opposed her election. In order to be elected to the post, she needed 374 votes out of the present 747 Members of European Parliament.

Auf wiedersehen, Merkel!

Merkel also said she will seek re-election as head of her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), and that she has no desire to serve as member of the German parliament (Bundestag), either.

Merkel rounded up all her decisions in one sentence - that she will not stand for any political office once her mandate as chancellor expires in 2021.

German Coalition Negotiators still Seeking Deal After All-Night Talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) negotiated through the night into Wednesday in a marathon final push to nail down a new coalition agreement, according to Reuters. 

Negotiators from the two blocs remained locked in talks at the headquarters of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), where they began meeting at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Tuesday.