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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(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and  Saskia Esken celebrate on Saturday after their election as joint leaders of Germany’s junior coalition partner, the SPD. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s party told the new leadership of the Social Democrats that there will be no renegotiation of the terms of their alli(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU): her future as party chairwoman and candidate for chancellor is in doubt following poor state election results.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern T(...)

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(...)

Pens and stickers bearing a portrait of Andreas Kalbitz, member the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany). Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.

One consistent colour stands out in the charts after eastern Germany’s weekend elections: a broad, bright strip of Alternative für Deutschland blue. (...)

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