The Merkel administration has “lost hope that the peace process can be revived so long as Netanyahu remains in office”. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Berlin officials have insisted that Germany’s support for Israel remains unconditional and unwavering, despite claims by a leading Social Democrat (SP(...)

Social Democrat (SPD) labour minister Andrea Nahles is sponsoring  a Bill that strips non-German EU citizens of all claims on the German welfare system in their first five years, unless they have acquired credits by working. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Berlin’s grand coalition government is preparing a welfare lock-out for non-German EU citizens during their first five years living in Germany. The (...)

A Bundeswehr soldier: Germany’s army is currently forbidden from acting on domestic soil except in cases of national emergency. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Germany may lift its ban on domestic military deployments as part of a wider security policy review, ending a post-war practice introduced following (...)

 Sigmar Gabriel: senior party leaders think the SPD leader should lead the losing campaign in  general election.  Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Just seven percentage points separate Germany’s oldest political party from its newest, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) slumping to histor(...)

They are three very different länder: the rich, southern industrial state of Baden-Wüerttemberg; the wine-growing Rhineland-Palatinate bordering on Fr(...)

Super Sunday was bad for German chancellor Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. Christian Democratic Union leader  attends a news conference at  party headquarters in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Super Sunday was bad for Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. If anything, the verdict of one in five Germans, called to weekend polls in three (...)

Joerg Meuthen, top candidate of Alternative für Deutschland, reacts to initial results in Baden-Wurttemberg state electionson Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has raised its presence to half of the country’s 16 federal states - including t(...)

“At the moment we don’t have a system of law and order. It is reign of injustice,” said Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer to a Bavarian regional newspaper, a week after he irritated Angela Merkel  by meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/EPA

Angela Merkel’s prickly Bavarian allies have stepped up their campaign against the German chancellor, likening her divisive migration policy to a “rei(...)

Left Party floor leader Sahra Wagenknecht called it “madness” to respond to the Paris attacks with bombings that would cause further civilian casualties. Photograph: EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Germany’s opposition parties have accused Berlin’s ruling grand coalition of bouncing the country into a war in Syria without proper debate and witho(...)

Tornados of the German air force’s reconnaissance squadron 51. From next month German Tornados will fly reconnaissance missions over Isis strongholds. Photograph: Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP

Germany has begun preparations to deploy 1,200 soldiers and provide technical assistance for the international alliance against so-called Islamic Stat(...)