Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has had a torrid time since becoming Angela Merkel’s anointed successor 14 months ago. Photograph:  Markus Schreiber/AP

An election in Thuringia would not normally garner much attention beyond the borders of that tiny state in eastern Germany. But the breaking of a post(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Angela Merkel: The former was seen as the candidate most likely to continue the current German chancellor’s centrist course. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters

Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is on the hunt for a new leader after just 14 months as Angela Merkel’s successor announced on(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the Christian Democrat Union (CDU). Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Germany is grappling with its own political watershed. Last week, for the first time in postwar history, a politician was helped into office with far-(...)

People protest in front of the Erfurt cathedral after the Free Democratic Party  leader Thomas Kemmerich was voted Thuringia’s state premier with the help of votes from AfD. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

A whiff of Weimar hangs over German politics. That was the growing consensus in Berlin’s corridors of power on Thursday as political parties struggled(...)

 A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Not my MP” during a protest in front of the state chancellery in Erfurt, Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

So what’s going down in Germany? Nothing short of a political earthquake that has shattered a post-war taboo. On Wednesday, with no warning, a mainst(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  at   Les Invalides monument in Paris where he stood to  attention by the coffins of  13 French soldiers killed in Mali. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool

The 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) will celebrate its 70th anniversary in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the allianc(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and  Saskia Esken celebrate on Saturday after their election as joint leaders of Germany’s junior coalition partner, the SPD. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s party told the new leadership of the Social Democrats that there will be no renegotiation of the terms of their alli(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: ‘You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no co-ordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its Nato allies – none.’  Photograph:   Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has opened a rift with Germany and other Nato allies weeks ahead of a vital summit after he warned that the transatla(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU): her future as party chairwoman and candidate for chancellor is in doubt following poor state election results.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern T(...)

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