After four terms, Angela Merkel has managed that rare achievement among government leaders: she will walk out the door before she is pushed – or voted – out. She has had less luck anointing her successor. Photograph: Filip Singer/ EPA

In this age of virus anxiety and Brexit uncertainty, predictions are a bad idea. But it’s safe to say that, a year from now, Germany’s chancellor will(...)

French economy and finance minister Bruno Le Maire: ‘The United States has not been a friendly partner to European states for several years now.’ Photograph: Getty

The United States election has stirred debates in Europe about whether it needs to reduce its dependence on the old transatlantic alliance. The presi(...)

 Anti-Trump street art  in Paris. Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)

European leaders urged for all votes to be counted amid a nail-biting presidential election count in the United States in which Republican incumbent D(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

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(...)

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