Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann, who is to stand down   at the end of the year, the Frankfurt-based authority said. Photograph:  John MacDougall/Getty Images

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has thrown an additional, intriguing wild card onto the negotiating table for Germany’s post-Merkel government: his(...)

Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), delivers a statement to the media following the election at the party headquarters in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

German voters are a cautious lot and, on Sunday, they voted for political change – but with a half-engaged handbrake. With chancellor Angela Merkel n(...)

German finance minister and Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

German chancellor hopeful Olaf Scholz has called for talks between his centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party and liberal Free Dem(...)

SPD lead candidate Olaf Scholz, Germany’s vice-chancellor, at an election party at Willy Brandt House in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: Britta Pedersen/DPA via AP

Germany was tilting towards a centre-left government on Sunday evening as its federal election ended with a narrow lead for the Social Democratic Part(...)

The Allensbach polling institute placed Dr Anglea Merkel’s CDU party on 25 per cent support. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/Pool/Getty

The race to succeed Angela Merkel has gone down to the wire as a final opinion poll on Friday showed Germany’s main political parties effectively neck(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Greenpeace Germany  claims her policy leaves Germany “miles behind its obligations from the Paris climate agreement”. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty

German climate campaigners and opposition poured scorn on chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Friday, describing its new climate change proposals(...)

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) not to drag out talks for a fresh grand coalition, a week after the failure of(...)

Angela Merkel, standing with leading members of her party, speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an uncertain political future after talks to form a coalition government – and secure her a fourth term – co(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble, who departs  the German finance ministry after eight years to become the next Bundestag president. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Greece and other former EU bailout countries may breathe a sigh of relief at reports that German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to depart his h(...)

Frauke Petry, a leading member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), who is leaving the party. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) holds its first Bundestag parliamentary party meeting this morning and, in a nod to Brendan Beha(...)

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