Has Bavaria’s new state premier, Markus Söder – a star pupil of the cute hoor school of politics – miscalculated? Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Ireland’s conservatives Catholics may have a new cross to carry since last week’s abortion referendum, but for conservative Catholics in Bavaria today(...)

Angela Merkel  of the Christian Democratic Union talks to the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Martin Schulz. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has seen a lot in more than 150 years – but nothing quite like the political crisis gripping Berlin since Sund(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin yesterday where she met German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after coalition talks failed overnight.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO / John MacDougall

Germany is facing an unprecedented political crisis – and Europe a lengthy period of uncertainty – after coalition talks collapsed late on Sunday in B(...)

Angela Merkel, standing with leading members of her party, speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an uncertain political future after talks to form a coalition government – and secure her a fourth term – co(...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

New German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is congratulated by  drag Queen Olivia Jones after the election. Germany’s former foreign minister is in the centre-left Social Democrats party. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s new president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to shake off decades of post-war insecurity and embrace its new role as an “anch(...)

Germany’s deputy chancellor and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel with the chancellor, Angela Merkel. Photograph: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty

After months of speculation, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has reportedly decided to run against Angela Merkel in the autumn f(...)

Outgoing European Parliament president Martin Schulz said: ‘The same people who nod along in Brussels pretend at home that some anonymous force put pressure on them. That is deadly.’ Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The EU has failed to move on from the cataclysmic Brexit vote and is hamstrung by the failure of national leaders to sell the European vision back hom(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   receives the Federal Cross of Merit  award from German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier  in Berlin, Germany.  Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry moved to reassure his country’s European allies of the strength of the transatlantic alliance during a farewell tour(...)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier:   getting reluctant backing from Germany’s  conservative CDU/CSU alliance in his move towards the presidency.  Photograph: Yves Herman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a political setback by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the riv(...)

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