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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of the CDU. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, ove(...)

 Hans-Georg Maassen during a presentation  in Berlin, Germany, in July 2018. File photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The former head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has been sent into early retirement after sharply criticising Angela Merkel’s government in (...)

German chancellor and leader of the CDU Angela Merkel will not stand again as leader and will step down as chancellor in 2021. Photograph: Markus Heine/Getty

From Kohl’s Mädchen to Eurocrisis Madame Non, Angela Merkel has always been defined from outside, usually by men. But when Europe’s most powerful woma(...)

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(...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement following an agreement over the weekend on the fate of domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen, in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

It doesn’t take long to summarise what has happened since, exactly a year ago, Germans elected a new federal government. First, German politicians sp(...)

Römerberg square in Frankfurt, where reconstructed medieval houses and buildings complementary to the historical streetscape replaced a 1970s block. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

With “Just” and “Married” signs stuck to their backs, Tobias and Stephan are celebrating their wedding in Frankfurt with an unconventional cycling tou(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Forsa poll shows 71 per cent of Germans – and 68 per cent of Bavarians – support her push for a European solution to the refugee crisis ahead of the CSU push for national solutions. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Threats from Bavarian hardliners to turn back asylum seekers at German borders have undermined, not boosted, their political support and that of chanc(...)

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(...)

German chancellor Angela has congratulated Italian PM Giuseppe Conte in a phone call and invited him for talks in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out debt relief for Italy, saying in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that the principle of solidar(...)

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