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Election campaign billboards featuring SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck and German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel  in Berlin, Germany. Photograog: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German federal elections are not for the faint-of-heart – or the colour blind. For the first time in decades, when the polls open for 60 million Germa(...)

Visitors watch the live television debate between German chancellor and Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel and Social Democrats  challenger Peer Steinbrück at the Adlershof studios in Berlin last night.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal election finally roared into life last night when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-left challenger accused her on live television o(...)

Images of Chancellor Merkel can be flattering or not - depending on who is paying for them

Walk around any German city these days and you’d be forgiven for thinking the country wasn’t facing a federal election on September 22nd but a referen(...)

Chancellor  Angela Merkel speaks during an election campaign stop in a fest tent  in Dachau, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

The European elections aren’t due until next summer but when Germans go to the polls in a month, their decision will have an impact across the contine(...)

A candidate in the upcoming German general election, the Green Party’s (Die Gruenen) Juergen Trittin, sits in his van before the official start of his campaign tour in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s opposition Green Party has said it was a mistake not to force Ireland to raise its corporate tax rate as part of its EU/IMF programme.Jürgen(...)

Gerhard Schröder (left) proved shy, but Franz Müntefering was prepared to take a post-match shower with political rival Angela Merkel. Photograph: Reuters

By the sedate standards of German politics, election night 2005 was a cracker.Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) finished one percentage point (...)

Bernd Lucke, head of Eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany, arriving for a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s new Eurosceptic party has launched its election campaign by suggesting France should leave the euro and that Ireland was bullied into accept(...)

Peer Steinbrück in  Hamburg yesterday where he responded to claims about his SPD allies links to the NSA. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Edward Snowden was the uninvited guest in Hamburg yesterday as Social Democrat (SPD) Peer Steinbrück struggled to kick off his campaign to unseat Chan(...)

Angela Merkel: supports Turkish entry as chancellor while opposing it as party leader

Perhaps it was the late hour or lack of air that prompted the outburst in Brussels. It was last Friday morning at 1am, and a weary chancellor Angela M(...)

Well-placed German government sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel was more than capable of distinguishing between the five-year-old remarks of Irish bankers and the views of the Irish Government. Photograph: Reuters

On Tuesday morning Dan Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to Germany, gave an upbeat assessment of Ireland’s economic recovery and its EU presidency on (...)

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