Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 1:25

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Last July, the German weekly Der Spiegel printed a cover bearing the headline “Wir sind wieder . . . wer?” This headline was a play on words based on (...)

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. (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Helmut Kohl and Konrad Adenauer in 1967. Photograph: Reuters

The roots of modern German politics don’t lie in the sandy soil of Berlin but in a white house on a hill in Rhöndorf, a pretty village across the Rhin(...)

Gerhard Schröder (left) proved shy, but Franz Müntefering was prepared to take a post-match shower with political rival Angela Merkel. Photograph: Reuters

By the sedate standards of German politics, election night 2005 was a cracker.Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) finished one percentage point (...)

Supporters of German chancellor Angela Merkel hold up signs with her nickname during an election campaign rally  in Luebeck yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has launched her attempt for a third term as German leader by warning voters that Europe must break its addiction to d(...)