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German chancellor Angela Merkel and  leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer: Mr Seehofer has the backing of his party to push through his plan on Monday, which would force Dr Merkel to sack him. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The fronts in Germany’s government crisis hardened on Friday when chancellor Angela Merkel was accused by her Bavarian allies of “splitting” Europe in(...)

Blocks of ice placed by activist group Reconquista Internet in front of the AfD headquarters in Berlin: they contain copies of Germany’s Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer

When supporters of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) take to the streets of Berlin on Sunday they will be faced down by many more counter-de(...)

Supporters of  German anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin on May 9th. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It began with a rumour, then the hastag #fairLand. Now key players in Germany’s hard-left scene have begun in earnest with plans for a new broad movem(...)

  Andrea Nahles  after she was elected SPD  leader in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Germany’s oldest political party, the Social Democrats (SPD), made history on Sunday by electing its first woman leader in 155 years, Andrea Nahles (4(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  with the German   minister for foreign affairs Heiko Mass  at Iveagh House, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the leaders of the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD), the controversial opposition party in Germany, has said its policies would help(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

Konstantin von Notz (left) and Armin Schuster of the German parliament’s control committee speak to journalists after emergency meetings on Thursday to discuss a cyber attack on the government’s computer network. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German MPs held emergency meetings on Thursday to discuss a cyber attack on the government’s computer network that it was claimed could have been comm(...)

The president of the French parliament,  François de Rugy,  with the president of the  German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, before a meeting to mark the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron and acting German chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint declaration on Monday to mark the 55th anniversary of the T(...)

 Germany’s social democratic SPD party y wants to revisit issues blocked by Merkel allies the last time around: abolition of Germany’s two-tier, private-public health system and liberal migration controls. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sunday’s Social Democrat (SPD) vote in Bonn to enter coalition talks was less of a yes than a “yes, but”. It grants acting chancellor Angela Merkel a (...)

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 (...)

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