The chancellor remains immensely popular among the public, but the German electoral system means that she still faces hurdles in this weekend's election.
Germany's Sept. 22 elections seem set to return Angela Merkel for a third term. Her leadership style has become indispensable to Europe's future. Why are her qualities of character so effective?
The US approves a fourth facility to export liquefied natural gas: Dominion Energy's Cove Point terminal in Maryland. Via pipeline, Cove Point offers Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale producers direct access for LNG exports.
European Union governments agree Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is responsible for the chemical weapons attack last month which left 1,400 dead. The governments would not, however, grant support to a military attack on Asaad's government before United Nations inspectors have issued their report.