Kevin Kühnert, the leader of the youth wing of Germany’s social democrat SPD party, during a press conference on Monday. He argues that the coalition deal with Angela Merkel’s CDU involves swallowing too many “very bitter pills”. Photograph:   Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leaders have warned that party rebels opposed to another grand coalition risk fresh elections with an unpredictable ou(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of Germany’s conservative CDU party, and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany’s social democratic SPD party, at  a press conference in Berlin to announce their coalition. Photograph:  Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images

Picture the scene. Our plucky heroine, let’s call her Angela, has been dangling from a rocky cliff for 108 days. One arm – and a good chance at rescui(...)

Germany’s acting chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Mutiny is growing inside Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) over Friday’s preliminary coalition agreement to return to power with acting chancell(...)

German chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz shake hands in Berlin on Friday following all-night preliminary coalition talks. Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

Ireland’s bilateral relationship with Germany could be facing turbulence after Berlin on Friday stepped up its battle against tax avoidance in the Eur(...)

Germany’s acting chancellor, Angela Merkel, flanked by CSU leader Horst Seehofer (left) and SDP leader Martin Schulz in Berlin on Friday following overnight coalition negotiations. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With a Prussian blue blazer offsetting her hooded, cornflower blue eyes, an exhausted Angela Merkel emerged having done it again. Her dozen years in (...)

The leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Martin Schulz,  during statements on Friday following all-night preliminary coalition talks in Berlin. Photograph:   Steffi Loos/Getty Images

Four months on, Germany has given a guarded nod of agreement to euro zone reform proposals from French president Emmanuel Macron. On Friday morning, (...)

The leader of Germany’s social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz and acting German chancellor Angela Merkel are in talks to form a new government. Photograph: Getty

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel moved one, tortuous step closer to a fourth term on Friday morning after all-night talks ended in preliminary a(...)

German acting chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of Germany’s social democratic SPD party Martin Schulz. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Exploratory talks on a new German coalition went down to the wire on Thursday amid ongoing disagreement over big-ticket items: refugee policy and refo(...)

Malvina and Diaa. Screengrab: kika.de

Most days, German public television children’s channel Kika treats its young viewers to a mix of light dramas about mermaids and koala bears, as well (...)

Austria’s interior minister, Herbert Kickl, speaks to the media as he arrives for a cabinet meeting in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

 Austria’s far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl has promised “very, very tough asylum policies” after a report showed a 13.7 per cent rise i(...)