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Alternative for Germany co-leaders Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

The first time Berlin politician Andreas Wild wore a cornflower on his lapel in public it was, he said, to demonstrate his “links to the fatherland”, (...)

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(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker meet to discuss Brexit draft agreements  in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Theresa May will return to Brussels on Saturday for further talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker after a meeting on Wednesday(...)

Alice Weidel of Alternative für Deutschland is greeted by Alexander Gauland   in Berlin’s  Reichstag building   to mark National Mourning Day, on Sunday. She faces questions over donations for her Bundestag campaign last year. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Moderates in Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland have proposed a new codex to rein in politicians’ public remarks in a bid to avoid coming(...)

Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

A disastrous showing by her party in the 2017 federal election set the clock ticking on Angela Merkel’s leadership, and in recent days, after another reversal in a regional election in Hesse, it has speeded up. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

For most of her 13 years as chancellor, a crisis, for Angela Merkel, was something that happened elsewhere. Economies tanked. Terrorists struck. Popul(...)

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 musical duo Michael  and Marianne Hartl at the opening of a new Maserati showroom in Munich. Photograph: Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images

Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest state, is playing very slow catch-up with western Europe. Read our three-part series, “Rich land, poor land”, on wealth in (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement following an agreement over the weekend on the fate of domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen, in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

It doesn’t take long to summarise what has happened since, exactly a year ago, Germans elected a new federal government. First, German politicians sp(...)

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