German chancellor Angela Merkel of the CDU  chats with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the SPD in the Bundestag on Wednesday. The two have presented a united front on a range of issues, but testing times lie ahead for the coalition partners. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Angela Merkel passed another milestone yesterday, overtaking Helmut Schmidt to become postwar Germany’s third-longest serving chancellor. (...)

A child pauses by the emblem of a Ukrainian military base as a pro-Russian soldier walks behind the main gate in Perevalne, Crimea. photograph: vadim ghirda/ap

One of the few things that can be said with much certainty about the crisis in Ukraine is that the acronym BRICS is going to need a rethink. (...)

Q You have experienced the euro crisis in the background as an adviser to Chancellor Merkel in Berlin and in the foreground as Bundesbank president in(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (R) gives chancellor Angela Merkel her new appointment papers during a ceremony in Berlin today. Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images.

Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament today, paving the way for her new “grand coa(...)

Angela Merkel dismissed talk of greater flexibility on euro reform

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her “gratitude” for Ireland’s reform progress but vowed “no change” in her third-term strategy for overcoming t(...)

Merkel’s moment
  • Europe
  • September 23, 2013, 01:04

Angela Merkel’s triumph in yesterday’s federal election, which last night saw her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the(...)

Corridors of power: seven key spots in the city. Illustration: John Cassidy

After half a century in Bonn, Germany’s federal government packed its bags and, on September 6th, 1999, raised the curtain on the Berliner Republik.An(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer. Two opinion polls today showed Ms Merkel’s conservatives and their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partners in a dead heat with the combined leftist opposition on 45 per cent each. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on track to win a third term in a weekend election in Germany but faces a battle to preserve her centre-right ma(...)

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has described Greece’s admission to the euro zone and Germany’s own breach of EU budget rules as key factors in the crisis gripping the zone. Photograph: Reuters

Former chancellor Helmut Kohl has described Greece’s admission to the euro zone and Germany’s own breach of EU budget rules as key factors in the cris(...)

A candidate in the upcoming German general election, the Green Party’s (Die Gruenen) Juergen Trittin, sits in his van before the official start of his campaign tour in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s opposition Green Party has said it was a mistake not to force Ireland to raise its corporate tax rate as part of its EU/IMF programme.Jürgen(...)

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