Jens Spahn

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 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal minister for health is examining whether to exclude from state schools and kindergartens all children not vaccinated against measles(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

 Friedrich Merz: said he was at  most ‘upper middle-class’. Photograph: Epa/Ulrich Hufnagel

Who wants to be a millionaire? Friedrich Merz doesn’t. The 62-year-old who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christi(...)

The three candidates for the CDU leadership, Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The two frontrunners to succeed Germany chancellor Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader pitched for the support of women in the party on F(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of “Banks of the Seine at Jeufosse, Autumn” by Claude Monet during the official opening of the Barberini museum in Potsdam, near Berlin, on Friday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka

As Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel’s verdict was summed up in one word: “breathtaking”. Not that she was refe(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after an EU summit n Bratislava, Slovakia. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Last October, a 26-year-old fireman helped put out a fire at an asylum home in the western city of Hagen. A week ago he was sentenced to six years in (...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the  G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. Photograph:  Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

Even a month ago, it seemed merely a matter of time before Angela Merkel announced she was running for a fourth term in next year’s election. But afte(...)

Children sit near a fire as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

Tensions between EU member states flared yesterday as Greece recalled its ambassador to Austria and a senior EU official warned that Europe had 10 day(...)

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