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How long will Angela Merkels fourth and final government last? In Berlin, there’s speculation that her grand coalition could collapse this fall. Klaus Wowereit, …


With the parties in Angela Merkel’s coalition government in deep disarray, change is afoot in Germany.


The SPD has to decide how long to remain in government.


Conservatives who belittle the Fridays for Future climate protests do so at their own peril.

Words Don’t Come Easy: “Tempolimit”

In Germany’s highly-regulated society, driving as fast as you can on the autobahn is seen as one of the last remaining freedoms–for now. It’s …

Close-Up: Robert Habeck

In a political landscape beset by fragmentation, Germanyʼs Greens are going from strength to strength. Their party leaderʼs instinctive ability to reach new voters …

The Last Battle

In a desperate bid to win back voters, Germany’s SPD is shifting to the left. It may be the party’s last chance to turn …


New CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has often been called an “Angela Merkel 2.0”. In fact, AKK is likely to steer Germany’s conservatives back to …


The experienced politician from one of Germany’s smallest states has often been underestimated–like Angela Merkel.


Friedrich Merz, out of politics for almost a decade, could become Germany’s new strong man—so who is he, and what does he want?


The far-right AfD has gained ever more popularity since its breakthrough in 2017. The party’s rise has been aided by German media and politics, …


In her reelection campaign in 2017, Angela Merkel made a strategic error by not putting EU reform on her agenda. She is now paying …


The Greens’ success in Bavaria is a strong statement against the anti-migrant campaigns of the established conservatives and the far-right.


Merkel’s coalition has agreed a shaky compromise over a controversial spy chief.


Why right-wing extremism is particularly strong in Saxony.


In her first-ever appearance in a Bundestag question-and-answer session, Angela Merkel didn’t break a sweat.