Hesse’s state premier and deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Volker Bouffier arrives on stage to address supporters as the results of the first exit polls were announced at the state parliament in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s ruling parties are reeling from their second electoral upset in a fortnight, after voters in the key state of Hesse appeared to have abandon(...)

A rally by the anti-Islam group Pegida  in Dresden, Germany. A new study has warned that Germany’s political centre is under attack from a ‘new irrationalism’. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/AFP/Getty Images

One in five Germans believe revolution and not reform is the best way to preserve living standards, according to a new study warning that Germany’s po(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

Doctors’ smartphones have been identified as a new source of potentially fatal hospital infections, including MRSA

Medical researchers in the Netherlands have identified doctors’ smartphones as a new source of potentially fatal hospital infections, including MRSA –(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel waves to supporters after speaking at a CDU election rally today. Voters in Germany go to the polls in federal elections tomorrow. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Angela Merkel is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition, according to polls released ahead of tomorrow’s German election. The f(...)

Elderly supporters hold placards backing German chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel, at a CDU election campaign rally in Magdeburg yesterday. Merkel is seeking a third term in a parliamentary election on September 22nd. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

With four days to go, Germany’s federal election is going down to the wire. Latest polls put Dr Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) three points short (...)

Posters of lead candidiate of the German Free Democrats (FDP) Rainer Bruederle at FDP party headquarters  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have warned supporters against switching allegiance to their ailing junior coalitio(...)

Youths protest during a rally organised by the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) on youth unemployment in Berlin. Latest polls show an anti-euro party expected to perform well in upcoming elections is struggling to gain traction as Germans focus about other issues. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

Just three months since its launch in a blaze of publicity, Germany’s anti-euro party is failing to strike a chord with voters and is unlikely to fulf(...)