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  Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, lead candidate of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), celebrates   after the initial election result  in Saarland, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social (...)

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Puettlingen, southwestern Germany. Photograph: Arne Dedert/AFP/Getty Images

Germans in the small western state of Saarland voted on Sunday in a regional election that could deliver an upset to chancellor Angela Merkel and hurt(...)

 Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union: The German chancellor  won the Bavarian party’s endorsement to run for a fourth term, removing a potential source of conflict within the alliance ahead of elections in September. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured an uneasy truce with her boisterous Bavarian allies in a bid to secure a fourth term in office in Septemb(...)

Taking on Angela Merkel

The crisis of legitimacy and credibility afflicting the European political establishment, and which is dragging down embattled traditional social demo(...)

Germany’s deputy chancellor and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel with the chancellor, Angela Merkel. Photograph: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty

After months of speculation, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has reportedly decided to run against Angela Merkel in the autumn f(...)

Berlin no longer wants companies such as Facebook to self-regulate. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany has lost patience with Facebook. After years of asking, cajoling and threatening the US social network to work faster to tackle fake news an(...)

Maria Ladenburger: the student was raped and killed  in October  – she was last seen cycling home.  Photograph: Facebook

Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has been accused of using the rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman to stir up fears abo(...)

As one of 12 vice-presidents of the 751-member parliament,Mairead McGuinness has built up a high profile and is well regarded within the EPP group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness confirmed her intention to run for European Parliament president on Thursday after current president Martin Schulz announ(...)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier:   getting reluctant backing from Germany’s  conservative CDU/CSU alliance in his move towards the presidency.  Photograph: Yves Herman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a political setback by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the riv(...)

Fears that Deutsche Bank might struggle to pay a multibillion US fine for misselling securities have sparked weeks of stock market turbulence. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Germany’s leading blue-chip companies are reportedly lining up to take a €5 billion stake in Deutsche Bank if the ailing Frankfurt lender needs to be (...)

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