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 Christian Democratic Union party’s Armin Laschet: “We need to clean out bureaucracy, create a modern and service-oriented state that acts quickly and with foresight.”  Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

Armin Laschet should be savouring this moment, his elevation to the ranks of Europe’s political super league. The 60-year-old native of Aachen in Ger(...)

German finance minister Olaf Scholz (centre), arrives as a witness in front of a parliamentary committee of inquiry investigating the Wirecard scandal. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

German federal finance minister Olaf Scholz has denied he carries any personal responsibility for the collapse of Wirecard, despite being the ultimate(...)

CDU leader Armin Laschet: Secured just two-thirds support from  his own party board. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Armin Laschet has joined the race to be the country’s next chancellor after a Bavarian rival ended a(...)

 In February 2020 Berlin’s ruling Senate, lead by the Social Democratic Party, enacted a law freezing rents for the city’s 1.5 million tenants. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty

Germany’s constitutional court has dismissed as “void in its entirety” a rent cap imposed by Berlin’s state government. In February 2020 Berlin’s rul(...)

CDU leader Armin Laschet is seen at an event in Berlin, Germany, last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

When is a lockdown not a lockdown? When it’s a German lockdown. A year after the country’s first Covid-19 restrictions, a linguistic misunderstanding (...)

Merkel meets her match

Even by Angela Merkel’s own tastes, the last act of Germany’s opera-loving chancellor is bursting with high drama. After nearly 16 years astride the p(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in the  Bundestag on Wednesday. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel ditched a plan agreed on Tuesday for an extended Easter holiday to try to break a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, ap(...)

Karin Strenz (right),  who has died in Limerick after collapsing on a flight, represented the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag for the CDU, the party of  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). File photograph: AFP/Getty

A flight from Cuba to Germany was forced to make an emergency stop at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, after a German politician on board lost consciousness(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel still has six months until her fourth and final term ends in Berlin, but the post-Merkel era began on Sunday night. Photograph:  Clemens Bilan/ AFP via Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel still has six months until her fourth and final term ends in Berlin, but the post-Merkel era began on Sunday night. In two re(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

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