German chancellor Angela Merkel  is congratulated by her outgoing chief of staff Ronald Pofalla after being re-elected in a vote session at the Bundestag. Photograph: David Gannon/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Pofalla was chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, a low-profile but well-networked operator who served as her chancellery chief of staff i(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with the head of the BMW plant in Leipzig, Manfred Erlacher. Photograph: Peter Endig/AP

While Angela Merkel hunts for a coalition partner, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has confirmed it received a €690,000 donation from the family (...)