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Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate for the Social Democratic Party (SPD), delivers a statement to the media following the election at the party headquarters in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Bloomberg

German voters are a cautious lot and, on Sunday, they voted for political change – but with a half-engaged handbrake. With chancellor Angela Merkel n(...)

German finance minister and Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

German chancellor hopeful Olaf Scholz has called for talks between his centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party and liberal Free Dem(...)

SPD lead candidate Olaf Scholz, Germany’s vice-chancellor, at an election party at Willy Brandt House in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: Britta Pedersen/DPA via AP

Germany was tilting towards a centre-left government on Sunday evening as its federal election ended with a narrow lead for the Social Democratic Part(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel waves as leading CDU members applaud at the party’s headquarters in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

The Merkel era ended with a whimper on Sunday evening with what appeared to be the worst-ever election result in the history of her Christian Democrat(...)

The Allensbach polling institute placed Dr Anglea Merkel’s CDU party on 25 per cent support. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/Pool/Getty

The race to succeed Angela Merkel has gone down to the wire as a final opinion poll on Friday showed Germany’s main political parties effectively neck(...)

Some 60.4 million Germans are called to elect a new government on September 26th and all polls suggest it will be a tight race. Chancellor Angela Mer(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: Many German economists view her fourth term as a time of stasis and slippage in the country’s competitiveness. Photograph: Filip Singer

Whether in life, business or politics, Germans are – by and large – culturally averse to risk and uncertainty. That makes this year’s federal election(...)

From the window of the Zur Quelle bar, a regular in a broad Berliner accent, began a debate with one passerby’s claims that the Covid-19 pandemic was a ‘big pharma takeover’ in a clip that went viral.

It’s a quiet Monday night in Zur Quelle and the regulars are still discussing their 15 minutes of fame. Loosely translated as “To the Source”, the Qu(...)

Olaf Scholz,  Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor; Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of Germany’s Greens and her party’s candidate for Chancellor; and Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia’s State Premier and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for Chancellor as they attend an election TV debate in Berlin on September Sunday. Photograph: John MacDougall/ AFP via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron brought a touch of Love Island to the Élysée Palace last week when, within 48 hours, he hosted hook-ups with two potential f(...)

Trailing six points in polls, CDU leader Armin Laschet has stepped up his attacks on the centre-left SPD. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

With two weeks to go and everything to play for, Germany’s federal election is getting emotional – and dirty. Social-media feeds of German politicia(...)

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