Martin Schulz

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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(...)

 Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union: The German chancellor  won the Bavarian party’s endorsement to run for a fourth term, removing a potential source of conflict within the alliance ahead of elections in September. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured an uneasy truce with her boisterous Bavarian allies in a bid to secure a fourth term in office in Septemb(...)

Martin Schulz’s appointment as the Social Democrats’ (SPD) candidate to run against Angela Merkel has energised Germany’s September election race. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

A serious challenger to German chancellor Angela Merkel is forcing global investors to parse another potential electoral surprise: the removal of a ke(...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: illusory hope? Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

The French presidential election in April and May will have profound repercussions for the future of the French left and the very concept of social d(...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, reminded DonaldTrump of US obligations to accept people seeking asylum on humanitarian grounds. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel used her first phone call with US president Donald Trump to reject his new immigration bans on refugees and citizens o(...)

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(...)

Taking on Angela Merkel

The crisis of legitimacy and credibility afflicting the European political establishment, and which is dragging down embattled traditional social demo(...)

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(...)

Gerry Mallon, chief executive of Ulster Bank; chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond; and Patrick Walsh, managing director of Dogpatch Labs, at the Dogpatch Labs co-working space in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, met the British chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, in Dublin on Monday to discuss the post-Brexit (...)

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(...)

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