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  1. November 28, 2013

    Merkel is not leading a government for the future

    Coalition governments are routine in Germany. Yet the road to the latest alliance of Christian Democrats and Social...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    November 27, 2013

    The coalition agreement

    Markus Schreiber/AP From left, Sigmar Gabriel, German Social Democratic Party chair, Angela Merkel, chancellor and chair of...

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  1. FT Alphaville

    November 27, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: “Oil fell, with U.S. prices slipping for a fourth day, after an industry report showed crude supplies rose for a...

  2. November 18, 2013

    Coalition poised to introduce women quotas on German boards

    Germany’s new coalition government is poised to force listed German companies to fill 30 per cent of non-executive board...

  3. October 30, 2013

    Berlin talks agree broad consensus on Europe

    The good news for Germany’s eurozone partners is that coalition negotiators in Berlin have promised to produce a clear...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    October 30, 2013

    Merkel arrives at SDP headquarters in Berlin

    Markus Schreiber/AP German chancellor Angela Merkel, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party, arrives at the Social...

  5. October 27, 2013

    Merkel will feel sharp sense of betrayal after NSA phonetapping

    After eight years as German chancellor and nearly 14 as the first woman leader of the male-dominated Christian Democratic...

  6. October 20, 2013

    Germany’s opposition SPD sets out demands for coalition deal

    Germany’s opposition Social Democrats cleared the way on Sunday for weeks of hard bargaining on a coalition agreement with...

  7. October 17, 2013

    CDU and SPD agree to start negotiations for ‘grand coalition’

    Leaders of Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed on Thursday to launch negotiations to form a left-right...

  8. October 16, 2013

    Merkel set out coalition agenda as Greens pull out of talks

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, spelt out for the first time on Wednesday her core agenda for the next coalition...

  9. October 15, 2013

    BMW family gave €690,000 to Merkel party

    Angela Merkel’s political party received three donations totalling €690,000 from the family that in effect controls BMW just...

  10. October 14, 2013

    Merkel stays coy on coalition choice

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, launched a crucial week of talks in Berlin on Monday to decide who will be her political...

  11. October 8, 2013

    Germany Greens set to test waters for possible CDU coalition

    Germany’s Greens will test the temperature on Thursday for a possible “black-green” coalition with Angela Merkel’s...

  12. October 3, 2013

    Finance minister urges Berlin to form coalition ‘speedily’

    Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, has warned the country must form a coalition government as soon as possible...

  13. September 30, 2013

    Merkel might rock the boat and turn Green

    At decisive moments in her political career, Angela Merkel has stood out for courageously breaking with the past. She may...

  14. September 29, 2013

    CDU looks to SPD to form German coalition

    Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) will give priority to Social Democrats (SPD) in talks to form a new coalition...

  15. September 24, 2013

    Centre-left opposition to coalition with Merkel deepens

    Deep divisions within Germany’s centre-left Social Democratic party emerged on Tuesday over the prospect of forging a grand...

  16. FT Photo Diary

    September 24, 2013

    A hug from Merkel

    Tobias Schwarz/Reuters Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer and German chancellor Angela Merkel hug before a parliamentary...

  17. September 23, 2013

    Merkel says Europe policy will remain unchanged

    A triumphant Angela Merkel, celebrating her victory in the German general election, dismissed suggestions on Monday that she...

  18. September 23, 2013

    Decisive win gives Merkel strong hand

    The emphatic endorsement that Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, received from voters in Sunday’s elections is a personal...

  19. September 22, 2013

    Coalition uncertainty hangs over Angela Merkel victory

    Even if Germany’s knife-edge general election ultimately produces a grand coalition, the result is still a big personal...

  20. September 22, 2013

    Merkel celebrates ‘super result’

    Angela Merkel was heading for a big personal victory in the German election on Sunday, but looked set to fall just short of...

  21. September 21, 2013

    German leaders appeal to undecided voters

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic challenger who wants her job, launched last...

  22. September 20, 2013

    Germany’s Teletubbies election turns into political thriller

    In Konrad Adenauer House, Berlin headquarters of Angela Merkel’s mighty Christian Democratic Union, they wanted the German...

  23. September 20, 2013

    German business seeks Angela Merkel’s return in election

    Angela Merkel is the preferred candidate of German executives ahead of national elections on Sunday, but some think a grand...

  24. September 19, 2013

    Merkel’s conservative critics will be crucial in the German elections

    The German federal elections on Sunday may well hinge on the mobilisation of what analysts have prematurely described as a...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    September 19, 2013

    Angie, Angie, Angie

    Jens Meyer/AP Supporters of Angela Merkel show their support for the German chancellor at an election campaign event for the...

  26. September 18, 2013

    Germany: Down to the wire

    Angela Merkel is not a risk-taker. The German chancellor’s favourite phrase is “step-by-step”. It is how she approaches...

  27. September 18, 2013

    Merkel election campaign gathers pace in east Germany heartland

    German chancellor Angela Merkel goes down well in Dresden. Addressing supporters in front of the reconstructed Baroque...

  28. September 17, 2013

    Prospects fade for Green - SPD coalition in Germany

    Germany’s outspoken Greens, once the country’s fastest rising political party, are fighting a rearguard action against...

  29. September 16, 2013

    Desperate Liberals in fight with Merkel to keep hold on power

    All politics are local, and in Germany nowhere is that more true than in Bavaria. The so-called Free State is fiercely...

  30. FT Photo Diary

    September 16, 2013

    Merkel on the campaign trail

    Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU stands in...

  31. FT Photo Diary

    September 16, 2013

    Merkel on the campaign trail

    Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU stands in...

  32. September 15, 2013

    Merkel ally wins Bavaria state poll

    Angela Merkel’s closest political allies – the conservative Christian Social Union – won a big victory in the Bavaria state...

  33. September 13, 2013

    Grand coalition looms as Germany’s election hangs in balance

    Angela Merkel’s hopes of winning a third term as German chancellor at the head of her current conservative-liberal coalition...

  34. September 13, 2013

    The family policy crack in Merkel’s election campaign

    Children are revealing weaknesses in Angela Merkel’s political programme where adults have failed. A week before Germany’s...

  35. September 12, 2013

    Bavaria’s PM Seehofer enters final election campaign stretch

    As the brass section and clarinets of the Erding Stadtkapelle settle into a reassuringly Bavarian oompah rhythm, Horst...

  36. September 10, 2013

    Tragedy looms in spite of good intent

    If you want to get a good impression of German prosperity take a Saturday afternoon stroll down Düsseldorf’s Königsallee. It...

  37. September 8, 2013

    ‘Team Angie’ embark on final sprint to German election day

    The select black T-shirts said it all: “Stay cool, and choose the chancellor”. The ubiquitous orange ones simply proclaimed:...

  38. September 6, 2013

    Angela Merkel warns against victory for left in tight poll race

    All the opinion polls suggest that Angela Merkel, German chancellor, will top the poll in the German general election. But...

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