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The Bundestag will vote on legislation for assisted suicide next month. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany has made a further step towards legal assisted suicide after the country’s doctors’ association deleted from its code of conduct a ban on the (...)

 Christian Democratic Union party’s Armin Laschet: “We need to clean out bureaucracy, create a modern and service-oriented state that acts quickly and with foresight.”  Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

Armin Laschet should be savouring this moment, his elevation to the ranks of Europe’s political super league. The 60-year-old native of Aachen in Ger(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  “It was right that I mentioned Wirecard on the state visit. At the time, it was about improving access to the Chinese market.” Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel once revealed that, when reading a newspaper, she always turns first to the business pages. On Friday, as final witness at t(...)

German finance minister Olaf Scholz (centre), arrives as a witness in front of a parliamentary committee of inquiry investigating the Wirecard scandal. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

German federal finance minister Olaf Scholz has denied he carries any personal responsibility for the collapse of Wirecard, despite being the ultimate(...)

CDU leader Armin Laschet: Secured just two-thirds support from  his own party board. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Armin Laschet has joined the race to be the country’s next chancellor after a Bavarian rival ended a(...)

Germany’s  Federal Constitutional Court located  in  Karlsruhe has intervened on a number of occasions in the past to hold up EU measures, holding that it, rather than the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), has the final word on interpreting EU law. File photograph: iStock

The Bundestag approved the EU’s plans to raise €750 billion in loans for helping states recover from the pandemic, but once again Germany’s constituti(...)

Karin Strenz (right),  who has died in Limerick after collapsing on a flight, represented the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag for the CDU, the party of  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). File photograph: AFP/Getty

A flight from Cuba to Germany was forced to make an emergency stop at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, after a German politician on board lost consciousness(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

The elections are seen as a critical test for Armin Laschet, above, the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union. Photograph: Marcel Kusch/Pool/AFP via Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc has been rocked by scandal after two of its MPs were forced to resign following disclosures they h(...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier: The apotheosis of a 300-year-old French bureaucratic tradition stretching back to Colbert. Photograph:  Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen described her dinner with Boris Johnson on Wednesday as “lively and interesting” but it left both sides feeling downbeat about th(...)

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