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Outgoing Social Democratic Party leader Andrea Nahles with German chancellor Angela Merkel: The SPD’s search for its seventh leader in a decade reflects a deep-seated identity crisis in Germany’s oldest party. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

Germany’s grand coalition is scrambling to save itself after Sunday’s resignation of Andrea Nahles, leader of the junior Social Democrat (SPD) coaliti(...)

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she was standing down after a bruising parliamentary party meeting last week showed “that the necessary backing is not there to perform my duties”. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Reuters

Germany’s oldest party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is in disarray after leader Andrea Nahles announced her resignation on Sunday after just 40(...)

The collapse this week of merger talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank brings to an end German attempts to create a national champion in the banking sector to rival competitors such as JP Morgan and Citigroup. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Pssst! Anybody want to buy a German bank? Two for sale, cheap at the price. All offers considered. Contact O Scholz, finance ministry, Berlin. No time(...)

Carnival parade in the streets of Aalst: the raucous three-day Belgian carnival is  formally recognised by Unesco.  Photograph: Jonas Roossens/AFP/Getty

Aalst’s parade of floats on the Sunday before Lent is above all about causing offence and shamelessly pillorying the powerful. Copious quantities of d(...)

Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor, speaks at the Bavarian parliament in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP

Members of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) walked out of the Bavarian parliament on Wednesday after a Holocaust survivor accused(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: data hacked includes information such as mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat histories. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Germany has sought assistance of Irish data protection officials and US intelligence after a “very, very serious” hack of digital communications of Ge(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK): AKK, the new chair of the German Christian Democratic Union, has to put up with being tagged a mini-Merkel. Photograph: Filip Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, the new chair of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has to put u(...)

Alternative for Germany co-leaders Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

The first time Berlin politician Andreas Wild wore a cornflower on his lapel in public it was, he said, to demonstrate his “links to the fatherland”, (...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

 Friedrich Merz: said he was at  most ‘upper middle-class’. Photograph: Epa/Ulrich Hufnagel

Who wants to be a millionaire? Friedrich Merz doesn’t. The 62-year-old who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christi(...)

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