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Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Horst Seehofer (left), leader of the Christian Social Union, with German transport minister Peter Ramsauer following preliminary talks with the SPD in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany has moved one step closer to another grand coalition government after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) a(...)

Angela Merkel dismissed talk of greater flexibility on euro reform

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her “gratitude” for Ireland’s reform progress but vowed “no change” in her third-term strategy for overcoming t(...)

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel looks on during a press conference after a meeting of the CDU governing board on the first day after German federal elections at CDU headquarter  today. Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her “gratitude” for Ireland’s reform policy but vowed “no change” in her euro zone crisis strategy.A day(...)

Peer Steinbrueck, top candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), in the upcoming German general election.

Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded an apology from chancellor Angela Merkel after she accused them of being “unreliable” in the(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel said “it would lack credibility to rule out” a repeat of her first term alliance from 2005 to 2009. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

German chancellor Angela Merkel has conceded that a second grand coalition with the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) is a credible option after a fed(...)

A protest against NSA surveillance in Hanover, Germany, at the weekend. Photograph:  Peter Steffen/AP Photo

A German cabinet minister has called into question the future of talks on free trade between the European Union and United States, amid claims that th(...)

The stumbling campaign of Social Democrats challenger for German chancellor Peer Steinbrück has seen his party drop well below 30 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Leading figures from Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have voiced concern that Chancellor Angela Merkel may win September’s general election(...)

Cars driving along a highway in Berlin, Germany. The German Social Democrats (SPD) are proposing a nationwide limit of 120 km/h on all highways. Germany, in contrast to the rest of Europe, still has no speed limit on many portions of its large highways. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

There are many rites of passage in Germany, such as encountering public nudity in parks or open-ended drinking in pubs. But none is quite as ha(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting of the liberal Free Democratic Party, which is seeking a relaxation of the dual citizenship rules. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), has called for an end to restrictions(...)

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