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(...)

 Sigmar Gabriel: senior party leaders think the SPD leader should lead the losing campaign in  general election.  Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Just seven percentage points separate Germany’s oldest political party from its newest, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) slumping to histor(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel: credits her first coalition with getting Germany through the crisis. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

With Ireland’s Civil War political model dying and the search on for a successor, our European neighbours offer interesting political alternatives. I(...)

Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)

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(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

Elderly supporters hold placards backing German chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel, at a CDU election campaign rally in Magdeburg yesterday. Merkel is seeking a third term in a parliamentary election on September 22nd. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

With four days to go, Germany’s federal election is going down to the wire. Latest polls put Dr Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) three points short (...)

The stumbling campaign of Social Democrats challenger for German chancellor Peer Steinbrück has seen his party drop well below 30 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Leading figures from Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have voiced concern that Chancellor Angela Merkel may win September’s general election(...)

Bernd Lucke, leader of the AfD: “Europe isn’t going to fail if the euro fails.” Photograph: Carsten Koall

German chancellor Angela Merkel was accused yesterday of polarising Europe by backing flawed rescue measures for(...)