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Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience w(...)

Annalena Baerbock, the German Green Party’s candidate for chancellor in September’s federal elections, speaks on Sunday at the party’s virtual congress. Photograph: Steffi Loos/EPA

Germany’s Green Party adopted an election manifesto on Sunday that vowed to transform the country’s economy and fast-track its transition to carbon ne(...)

CDU candidate for chancellor  Armin Laschet: ‘These comparisons with trains – I don’t make them myself.’  Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Elections in a small eastern German state with fewer people than Berlin may have marked the turning point in a year that will determine who succeeds A(...)

 In February 2020 Berlin’s ruling Senate, lead by the Social Democratic Party, enacted a law freezing rents for the city’s 1.5 million tenants. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty

Germany’s constitutional court has dismissed as “void in its entirety” a rent cap imposed by Berlin’s state government. In February 2020 Berlin’s rul(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference after meeting with vaccine producers and Germany’s state prime ministers for a “vaccine discussion” via video conference. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised all Germans a first shot of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of September, as long as drugmakers stick to their delivery(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘The claim she only ever follows public opinion is not true.’ Photograph: Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

A decade ago Angela Merkel was crowned Europe’s austerity queen for – in the eyes of hard-hit euro crisis countries – demanding cuts as her price for (...)

 People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial for the racist terror attacks in Hanau on Thursday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shoot(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on the shooting in Hanau at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

Angela Merkel has said the murder of nine people in a shooting rampage by a suspected rightwing extremist has revealed the “poison” of racism and hate(...)

 A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Not my MP” during a protest in front of the state chancellery in Erfurt, Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

So what’s going down in Germany? Nothing short of a political earthquake that has shattered a post-war taboo. On Wednesday, with no warning, a mainst(...)

Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, joint leaders of the Germany’s  Social Democratic Party. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Germany’s Social Democrats are stepping back from their threat to pull out of Angela Merkel’s government after the new party leadership softened its d(...)

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