German chancellor Angela Merkel: The Emnid survey gives her and her allies more support than the rest of Germany’s Bundestag parties put together. Photograph: Axel Schmidt

Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently hiking in the Dolomites of South Tyrol and, after a decade in power, she shows no sign of slowing down in Berlin(...)

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: only a third of SPD members think he can unseat Angela Merkel. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images

One of the perks as German vice-chancellor is taking the big boss’s chair at cabinet during the summer. But as Berlin’s grand coalition reaches its ha(...)

The €150-a-month payment has been in effect since August 2013 and has a 73 per cent take-up rate. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA

Germany’s highest court has struck down a €150 monthly payment for parents who care for their children at home rather than place them in daycare. The(...)

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and  finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Photograph: Wlfgang Kumm/EPA

German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a television interview to be broadcast later on Sunday for su(...)

‘Flamby’ no more: France’s president, Francois Hollande,  in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langdson/EPA

France’s president, François Hollande, is not in the habit of bragging, but he’s likely to be unusually cheerful in his annual televised interview mar(...)

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)

German vice chancellor, economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel: SPD officials accuse him of damaging party credibility and alienating traditional centre-left voters with his Greek comments. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

With the return of the Greek crisis, many in Berlin viewed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the German politician with the most to lose. Predictably enough(...)

A protester holds a sheet with the Greek word for ‘No’ during an open house presentation of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party  in Berlin, while German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the background. Photograph: Getty Images 2:19

When Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel today in Brussels, the German leader may like to remind her mythology-loving Greek counterpart of the fate of (...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg 0:56

Caught off-guard by news of the Greek referendum, Germany’s risk-averse chancellor Angela Merkel adopted an unusually high-risk strategy last week and(...)