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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(...)

The elections are seen as a critical test for Armin Laschet, above, the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union. Photograph: Marcel Kusch/Pool/AFP via Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc has been rocked by scandal after two of its MPs were forced to resign following disclosures they h(...)

German economy minister Peter Altmaier: “We agreed to consider modifications and improvements to the criteria to qualify for assistance . . . so that payments are not delayed further.” Photograph: Andreas Mertens

Germany’s economic minister Peter Altmaier has promised to expedite pandemic payments to cash-strapped businesses, some of which have been waiting sin(...)

Armin Laschet was elected at the weekend as head of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Photograph:  Christian Marquart - Pool/Getty Images

Germany’s most over-used political truism states that “after the election is before the election”. In a country of 16 federal states, staggered state (...)

 Prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet. Photograph: Christian Marquardt / EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has elected its second new leader in two years after Armin Laschet, the mini(...)

After four terms, Angela Merkel has managed that rare achievement among government leaders: she will walk out the door before she is pushed – or voted – out. She has had less luck anointing her successor. Photograph: Filip Singer/ EPA

In this age of virus anxiety and Brexit uncertainty, predictions are a bad idea. But it’s safe to say that, a year from now, Germany’s chancellor will(...)

Germany, once a laggard in embracing flexible work, has upended its sluggish reputation. Photograph: iStock

Germany is to press ahead with plans to give employees the legal right to work from home, the country’s labour minister has said, as the coronavirus p(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Tuesday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Russia has warned European powers that foreign interference in Belarus would be “unacceptable”, as EU leaders prepared for emergency talks on a crisis(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announce their historic €500bn EU recovery plan at a videoconference on May 18th.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld via Getty Images

When German chancellor Angela Merkel announced one of the biggest U-turns of her career this week, the declaration was both emphatic and unexpected. (...)

 People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial for the racist terror attacks in Hanau on Thursday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shoot(...)

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