Social Democratic Party general  secretary Andrea Nahles: said her party would “in future rule out no coalitions, except with far-right parties”. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has ended a two-decade political taboo and embraced the idea of entering a coalition with the hard-left Lin(...)

Katja Kipping, chairwoman of the Left Party, said it seemed that the “SPD or Greens are more willing to be vice-chancellor under Merkel than embrace a real political shift with us”. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

With 10 days to the federal election, Germany’s Linke (Left Party) has nosed ahead of the Green Party as the country’s third-strongest party. A poll f(...)

Losing Oskar Lafontaine robs Germany’s Left Party of an experienced campaigner ahead of September’s general election. Photograph: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

For 40 years Oskar Lafontaine was, depending on your politics, a German left-wing hero or unpredictable bogeyman. He survived a knife attack, beat ca(...)

Economist Hans-Werner Sinn said Germany should help struggling countries leave the euro

Germany would have nothing to fear and much to gain from exiting the euro area, according to influential economist Hans(...)

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder addresses a news conference following a Social Democratic (SPD) parliamentary faction meeting in Berlin, March 12, 2013. In a return to the national political stage, Schroeder criticised his successor Angela Merkel for failing to build on his welfare reforms and raising Berlin's euro zone crisis bill by acting too slow and too late. The 68-year old Schroeder, a Social Democrat, has kept a low profile since being beaten by Merkel in a tight election in 2005, giving the occasional interview but largely staying out of the national limelight. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-SCHROEDER/       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)

Though no stranger to purple prose, Der Spiegel (...)