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Winning election formula: AfD candidate Georg Pazderski casts his vote. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German voters delivered another slap in the face to Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday, handing her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) its worst-ever re(...)

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of AfD, with party candidate Lief-Erik Holm: said the coalition partners were damaging themselves by refusing to listen to the public. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Angela Merkel faces a political fight to win back support for her controversial refugee policy following the success of the anti-immigration right-wi(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The election results are seen as a vote against her immigration policies. Photograph: Nicolas Asfonri/Reuters

A nationalist, anti-immigration party performed strongly in a state election in the region where German Chancellor Angela Merkel has her political bas(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  Proposals, to be presented by her Christian Democratic Union next week, will reportedly include a ban on burkas and dual citizenship for non-EU citizens. Photograph: AP

More than 150 German police carried out a series of raids yesterday, targeting radical preachers suspected of recruiting for so-called Islamic State. (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives on the second day of the EU Summit in Brussels. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

When the news broke last Friday that the Leave campaign had won the referendum, Angela Merkel was the only EU leader besides UK prime minister David C(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: meetings with Donald Tusk, François Hollande and Matteo Renzi today. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel hosts a mini-summit in Berlin today to sound out post-Brexit EU options in a bid to de-escalate demands for London’s (...)

Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) chairman Sigmar Gabriel: Called on his party, which is experiencing a low approval rating, not to rest on past social-political successes. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Europe’s social democrats are facing an existential crisis amid the rise of fleet-footed populist parties, all pursuing hybrid social-national agendas(...)

The Merkel administration has “lost hope that the peace process can be revived so long as Netanyahu remains in office”. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Berlin officials have insisted that Germany’s support for Israel remains unconditional and unwavering, despite claims by a leading Social Democrat (SP(...)

Social Democrat (SPD) labour minister Andrea Nahles is sponsoring  a Bill that strips non-German EU citizens of all claims on the German welfare system in their first five years, unless they have acquired credits by working. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Berlin’s grand coalition government is preparing a welfare lock-out for non-German EU citizens during their first five years living in Germany. The (...)

A Bundeswehr soldier: Germany’s army is currently forbidden from acting on domestic soil except in cases of national emergency. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Germany may lift its ban on domestic military deployments as part of a wider security policy review, ending a post-war practice introduced following (...)

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