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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during a Christian Democratic Union election campaign meeting in Augsburg.

To understand Angela Merkel’s appeal, watch her in action in her Baltic coast constituency.A windswept place of flat empty fields and dark wooden wind(...)

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 €(...)

A German Pirate Party activist calling for less video surveillance holds a mop mounted with security cameras outside  the chancellery in Berlin yesterday.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

On Sunday, Germany’s Pirate Party is aiming for the big time. After securing seats in four state parliaments, the hope to enter the Bundestag – with t(...)

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 (...)

Posters of lead candidiate of the German Free Democrats (FDP) Rainer Bruederle at FDP party headquarters  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have warned supporters against switching allegiance to their ailing junior coalitio(...)

German Green Party leader Jürgen Trittin has conceded he once signed off on a pamphlet demanding the decriminalisation of paedophilia

German Green Party leader Jürgen Trittin has conceded he once signed off on a pamphlet demanding the decriminalisation of paedophilia.The revelation d(...)

Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer gestures as he addresses his party members in Munich yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

Allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel have admitted that Germany’s federal election is on a “knife-edge” after their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partne(...)

Confident swagger: Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer at his party’s final election campaign meeting in Munich on Thursday. Photograph: Michaela Rehle.

Ask a Bavarian about their homeland and you’re likely to hear that theirs is the better Germany. The land of King Ludwig and Oktoberfest, beer and BMW(...)

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(...)

ECB executive board member Jörg Asmussen said yesterday that any further assistance to Ireland, if granted, would come with conditions imposed by the ESM bailout fund.  Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

The European Central Bank has dismissed the idea of no-strings-attached funding to ease Ireland’s return to financial markets.ECB executive board memb(...)

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