After some hesitation, Angela Merkel has come out as a vocal Juncker supporter. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The EU’s current stasis is well summed up by Germany’s election-night truism: “Nach der Wahl ist vor der Wahl” – after the vote is before the vote.Tho(...)

German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic party (CDU) Angela Merkel (R) and the head of the Christian Social party (CSU) Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are pushing for Berlin to join efforts to prune back EU regulations and (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during a Christian Democratic Union election campaign meeting in Augsburg.

To understand Angela Merkel’s appeal, watch her in action in her Baltic coast constituency.A windswept place of flat empty fields and dark wooden wind(...)