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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(...)

The president of the French parliament,  François de Rugy,  with the president of the  German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, before a meeting to mark the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron and acting German chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint declaration on Monday to mark the 55th anniversary of the T(...)

SPD chief Martin Schulz: “Now we will try to unite the party after this tough discussion.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron received German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Élysée Palace on Friday to discuss what Mr Macron calls the “renaissa(...)

President of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees  Jutta Cordt and interior minister Thomas de Maizière: “The federal office for migration and refugees is no longer preoccupied with managing the crisis consequences,” said Mr de Maizière. Photograph:  Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty

The peak of Germany’s 2015-2016 refugee crisis may have passed, but new figures make clear how much strain remains. Almost 187,000 asylum application(...)

“Hawkish commentary from the European Central Bank has pushed euro/dollar above 1.2092, and it is now at the highest level since before the ECB started its quantitative easing programme in 2015.” Photograph: Getty Images

The dollar remained unloved on Monday, sinking to a fresh three-year low against the euro and a four-month trough versus the yen, although activity in(...)

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