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Andrea Nahles, who suddenly resigned as leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s grand coalition parties stepped back from the brink on Monday, vowing to serve out their full term to 2021 after the sudden resignation of S(...)

Outgoing Social Democratic Party leader Andrea Nahles with German chancellor Angela Merkel: The SPD’s search for its seventh leader in a decade reflects a deep-seated identity crisis in Germany’s oldest party. Photograph: Britta Pedersen

Germany’s grand coalition is scrambling to save itself after Sunday’s resignation of Andrea Nahles, leader of the junior Social Democrat (SPD) coaliti(...)

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she was standing down after a bruising parliamentary party meeting last week showed “that the necessary backing is not there to perform my duties”. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Reuters

Germany’s oldest party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is in disarray after leader Andrea Nahles announced her resignation on Sunday after just 40(...)

Hesse’s state premier and deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Volker Bouffier arrives on stage to address supporters as the results of the first exit polls were announced at the state parliament in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s ruling parties are reeling from their second electoral upset in a fortnight, after voters in the key state of Hesse appeared to have abandon(...)

Römerberg square in Frankfurt, where reconstructed medieval houses and buildings complementary to the historical streetscape replaced a 1970s block. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

With “Just” and “Married” signs stuck to their backs, Tobias and Stephan are celebrating their wedding in Frankfurt with an unconventional cycling tou(...)

 German interior minister Horst Seehofer: had threatened to resign unless Angela  Merkel agreed to tighter national border checks. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Austria’s far-right ruling Freedom Party (FPÖ) has launched a searing attack on German chancellor Angela Merkel for new asylum policies agreed on Mond(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Forsa poll shows 71 per cent of Germans – and 68 per cent of Bavarians – support her push for a European solution to the refugee crisis ahead of the CSU push for national solutions. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Threats from Bavarian hardliners to turn back asylum seekers at German borders have undermined, not boosted, their political support and that of chanc(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with interior minister Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats on Saturday vowed to oppose a push by Bavarian conservatives to crack down on migration, in defiance of cons(...)

  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(...)

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(...)

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