Helmut Kohl

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A decade ago, Matthias Wissman became head of the VDA, the German auto industry’s lobby group, a high-profile position requiring guile, brass neck and an enviable contacts book. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Matthias Wissmann glides into the Berlin conference room with a choirboy smile, owlish eyes behind round glasses and chestnut brown hair that belies h(...)

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble, who departs  the German finance ministry after eight years to become the next Bundestag president. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Greece and other former EU bailout countries may breathe a sigh of relief at reports that German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to depart his h(...)

Film-maker Volker Schlöndorff with writer Colm Tóibín. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

When Angela Merkel watched anxiously for results in Sunday’s federal election, one of her closest friends wasn’t there to hold her hand. Film directo(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as the  first exit poll results are announced in the German federal election. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

After a lacklustre campaign comes a result that will probably produce a government of continuity, not of rupture. But make no mistake: changes are afo(...)

Christian Democratic Union party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts on first exit polls in the German general election in Berlin. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany is facing a political earthquake after a historic election disaster for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Marion Van Renterghem, the French biographer of Chancellor Angela Merkel and an award-winning journalist, recalls the relief and joy in Berlin when E(...)

Frank Schneemelcher in his Quedlinburg workshop. Photograph: Derek Scally

When the Vatican needs to restore historic stained-glass windows, it dials Q for Quedlinburg. Three hours southwest of Berlin, the eastern German to(...)

Angela Merkel’s risk aversion is her strength but also her weakness. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Even though she drives by sight, Angela Merkel remains an insurer’s dream. After 27 years in politics, 20 years in government and 12 years as chancell(...)

 British prime minister Theresa  May is trapped in a powerless premiership, depending on her own MPs and the DUP for survival. Photograph:  EPA/Andy Rain

Theresa May marked the first anniversary of her premiership on Thursday with an interview reflecting on how it had all gone wrong and revealing that s(...)

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