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Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

SPD leader Martin Schulz also gives the thumbs up to a new European finance minister to combat tax evasion. Photograph: Reuters

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at the Republic and criticised US technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, say(...)

A family in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Anthi Pazianouanthi/Getty Images

A lesson for today: in 1716 the Turks controlled most of the Balkans, including the Greek mainland, but they had failed to capture Corfu and the othe(...)

Bavarian finance minister Markus Söder (right, as Marilyn Monroe)  hopes to leverage his personal popularity in Bavaria to revive the CSU’s fortunes. Photograph: David Ebener/EPA

Angela Merkel’s complicated game of coalition poker has just been dealt a new wild card. Some 10 weeks after a disastrous election result, her Bavari(...)

Georg Pazderski. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moderates in the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) suffered a stinging defeat at its annual conference after their candidate failed(...)

Germany: A menu of bad options

Angela Merkel had a bad election, and her party’s efforts to form a coalition have not gone much better. The result of September’s poll left Merkel we(...)

Mayor of Altena Andreas Hollstein during a press conference at the city hall in Altena, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Photograph: Ulrich Hufnagel/EPA

The mayor of a small town in western Germany known for pursuing liberal migrant policies was stabbed in the neck at a kebab shop on Monday evening and(...)

The Irish target of welcoming 4,000 people is small compared with Germany’s commitment to welcome nearly a million. Above, a Syrian refugee at a German-language programme in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

On September 23rd, 2015, then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald said the State was “fully committed to playing our part in addressing the migrat(...)

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) not to drag out talks for a fresh grand coalition, a week after the failure of(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Pool Photo

Theresa May still faces a “huge challenge” in persuading the EU to move the Brexit negotiations on to discussions about trade and a transition period (...)

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