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Supporters of  German anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin on May 9th. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It began with a rumour, then the hastag #fairLand. Now key players in Germany’s hard-left scene have begun in earnest with plans for a new broad movem(...)

  Andrea Nahles  after she was elected SPD  leader in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Germany’s oldest political party, the Social Democrats (SPD), made history on Sunday by electing its first woman leader in 155 years, Andrea Nahles (4(...)

 Thousands of demonstrators gather in Wenceslas Square to protest against Czech prime minister Andrej Babis, in Prague on Tuesday. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Pro-Russian Czech president Milos Zeman has outraged opponents by urging prime minister Andrej Babis to try to form a government with ultra-nationalis(...)

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris: “Europe must present a united front,” says Dr Merkle. “When France and Germany propose things, they have a good chance of happening.” Photograph: François Mori

Germany, France and Europe waited more than six months for chancellor Angela Merkel to form her new coalition government, which was confirmed on Wedne(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

With the decision by members of the Social Democratic Party to approve going into coalition with her Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel is assured of a fourth term as German chancellor. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Never in the postwar era has Germany had a longer hiatus between an election and the emergence of a government. It took more than five months and incl(...)

Andrea Nahles, designated SPD leader, announcing that the party has approved a plan to join Angela Merkel’s coalition. Photograph: Getty Images

The mood in the Willy Brandt Haus on Sunday morning was less festive than funereal. After their third all-nighter in seven weeks, Germany’s Social Dem(...)

SPD treasurer Dietmar Nietan and temporary party leader Olaf Scholz announcing at  party headquarters in Berlin that  members had voted for a new coalition.  Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Europe breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday as Germany’s five-month political deadlock ended with a fourth term for Angela Merkel. After heated debat(...)

German environment minister Barbara Hendricks and agriculture minister Christian Schmidt at a joint press conference on Tuesday in Berlin. Photograph:  Bernd Von Jutrczenka/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) environment minister said on Thursday she expects party members to support a new coalition government with Chancellor (...)

To win over the Social Democrats and secure a fourth term as chancellor, Angela Merkel has surrendered to the key finance, foreign and labour portfolios to the SPD, led by Martin Schulz. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Angela Merkel is nobody’s fool. After Germany’s federal election, way back in September, the chancellor looked on with interest as Social Democrat (SP(...)

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