Supporters of  German anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin on May 9th. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It began with a rumour, then the hastag #fairLand. Now key players in Germany’s hard-left scene have begun in earnest with plans for a new broad movem(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: underlined the link between further solidarity for Greece with Athens ‘continuing to show responsibility for itself’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In November 2011 an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel raised hackles for claiming Europe, having swallowed Berlin’s crisis remedy, “now speaks Germa(...)

Katja Kipping, chairwoman of the Left Party, said it seemed that the “SPD or Greens are more willing to be vice-chancellor under Merkel than embrace a real political shift with us”. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

With 10 days to the federal election, Germany’s Linke (Left Party) has nosed ahead of the Green Party as the country’s third-strongest party. A poll f(...)