German chancellor and leader of the CDU Angela Merkel will not stand again as leader and will step down as chancellor in 2021. Photograph: Markus Heine/Getty

From Kohl’s Mädchen to Eurocrisis Madame Non, Angela Merkel has always been defined from outside, usually by men. But when Europe’s most powerful woma(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May at the Nato summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like it or not, and many Nato members are deeply uncomfortable about it, Donald Trump set the agenda for Nato’s summit in Brussels. He also threw a sm(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Angela Merkel: SPD officials have accused her of taking advantage of her position to secure a logistical advantage over challenger Martin Schulz. Photograph:  Jochen Luebke/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has come under fire for securing a deep discount on helicopter flights to shuttle her between party political ral(...)

Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg. Multibillion-euro settlements over the emissions scandal will rob German car companies of R&D funds. Photograph:Michael Sohn/AP

A Berlin equivalent of Fianna Fáil’s notorious – and defunct – Galway races tent is the summer party of the VDA, the lobby group of Germany’s carmaker(...)

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(...)

An outspoken head of state from 1994 to 1999, Roman  Herzog is best remembered for warning in 1997: “Germany needs a jolt”. Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects at  his state funeral this week. Photograph: Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images

Just three letters separate the German verbs to lead – führen – and verführen, to seduce or entrap. Every year at this time, Germany remembers the po(...)

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(...)

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