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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has had a torrid time since becoming Angela Merkel’s anointed successor 14 months ago. Photograph:  Markus Schreiber/AP

An election in Thuringia would not normally garner much attention beyond the borders of that tiny state in eastern Germany. But the breaking of a post(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Angela Merkel: The former was seen as the candidate most likely to continue the current German chancellor’s centrist course. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters

Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is on the hunt for a new leader after just 14 months as Angela Merkel’s successor announced on(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the Christian Democrat Union (CDU). Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Germany is grappling with its own political watershed. Last week, for the first time in postwar history, a politician was helped into office with far-(...)

 A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Not my MP” during a protest in front of the state chancellery in Erfurt, Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

So what’s going down in Germany? Nothing short of a political earthquake that has shattered a post-war taboo. On Wednesday, with no warning, a mainst(...)

Angela Merkel: “I see the European Union as our life insurance.” Photograph: EPA

It’s a grim winter’s day in Berlin, and the political climate matches the weather. Everywhere Angela Merkel looks there are storm clouds, as the value(...)

Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, joint leaders of the Germany’s  Social Democratic Party. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Germany’s Social Democrats are stepping back from their threat to pull out of Angela Merkel’s government after the new party leadership softened its d(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and  Saskia Esken celebrate on Saturday after their election as joint leaders of Germany’s junior coalition partner, the SPD. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s party told the new leadership of the Social Democrats that there will be no renegotiation of the terms of their alli(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Leipzig on Thursday. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

At the headquarters of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, a massive red acronym – CDU – stands in the first-floor atrium. Until Thursday, th(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU): her future as party chairwoman and candidate for chancellor is in doubt following poor state election results.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern T(...)

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