SPD leader Andrea Nahles said she was standing down after a bruising parliamentary party meeting last week showed “that the necessary backing is not there to perform my duties”. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Reuters

Germany’s oldest party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is in disarray after leader Andrea Nahles announced her resignation on Sunday after just 40(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Forsa poll shows 71 per cent of Germans – and 68 per cent of Bavarians – support her push for a European solution to the refugee crisis ahead of the CSU push for national solutions. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Threats from Bavarian hardliners to turn back asylum seekers at German borders have undermined, not boosted, their political support and that of chanc(...)

The crowd watch on as German Social Democrats chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück speaks at a Berlin election rally. Photograph: Getty

Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrück launched a final election push last night, warning that a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sun(...)

Bernd Lucke, the leader of the euro-critical Alternative for Germany party (AfD) in front of a campaign poster during an election campaign rally in Berlin. The placard reads “Draghi gambles, you pay”. Photograph: Reuters

Before Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, flanked by mysterious figures in blue lycra bodysuits, Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Bernd Lucke burns fake €(...)

SPD Bundestag MP Mechthild Rawert during her door-to-door campaign in Berlin’s Mariendorf neighbourhood

The sticker on the door is unambiguous: “We are already insured against everything. We don’t want to be saved by a sect and we already have a vacuum c(...)