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    1. December 8, 2014

      Germany’s CSU backtracks as plan for immigrants draws ridicule

      The junior partner in German chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has backtracked on a controversial suggestion...

    2. October 2, 2014

      Germany is no EU ‘odd man out’ despite stance on fiscal rigour

      A solemn tweet from Germany’s finance ministry accompanied the presentation of the 2015 budget to parliament last month by...

    1. The World

      July 4, 2014

      Rome and Berlin lock horns

      Today Germany and France will meet in their World Cup quarter final in Rio de Janeiro, the latest episode in one of Europe’s...

    2. March 31, 2014

      Bavaria’s conservatives lose to Social Democrats in Munich

      Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union party failed on Sunday to take advantage of its best chance since the 1970s to...

    3. January 2, 2014

      Lifting of EU immigration restrictions divides German coalition

      Germany’s coalition partners have marked the new year with a dispute over intra-EU immigration sparked by the lifting of...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. September 30, 2013

      German coalition talks to start on Friday

      The first exploratory talks towards forming a new German government will start on Friday, the two main parties agreed, even...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. The World

      September 23, 2013

      German election - the road to a grand coalition

      (Getty) The first official German election results are in and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats enjoyed a huge swing in...

    15. September 21, 2013

      Germany’s coalition dance could end in an unhappy affair

      Suddenly, there it was, on the front cover of the magazine of one of the biggest German newspapers: the raised middle finger...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. September 2, 2013

      German media call Merkel and Steinbrück TV debate a draw

      Both leading political parties in the German general election claimed victory on Monday following the lone television debate...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      August 30, 2013

      Campaigning on the bigger picture in Germany

      Patrick Stollarz/AFP In Germany, a big election campaign placard featuring Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) main candidate...

    21. August 13, 2013

      Germany’s election campaign becomes tale of colour coalitions

      Whatever happens in the German election campaign over the next five-and-a-half weeks, the outcome will almost certainly be...

    22. August 12, 2013

      Bavarian leader makes car toll a coalition deal-breaker

      If Bavaria’s stubbornly independent prime minister gets his way, all foreign motorists on German highways will in future...

    23. June 23, 2013

      Merkel manifesto aims to take middle ground

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has persuaded her centre-right Christian Democratic party to campaign for re-election...

    24. June 6, 2013

      Top German court backs tax rights for gay couples

      Germany’s powerful constitutional court on Thursday ordered the federal government to change the law to stop tax...

    25. May 23, 2013

      Hollande praises Germany’s ‘courageous’ reformers

      François Hollande, the French president, praised the “courageous” labour market reforms introduced by Germany’s social...

    26. May 16, 2013

      Global Insight: Smaller parties could yet topple mighty Merkel

      It is still early days in the German election campaign, but the political temperature is rising four months before polling...

    27. May 1, 2013

      Merkel slips in polls after tax evasion scandal

      German voter support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has slipped to its lowest level this year in the wake of a tax...

    28. April 25, 2013

      Merkel speech highlights European divide

      Angela Merkel underlined the gulf at the heart of the eurozone when she waded into interest-rate policy, arguing that, taken...

    29. April 10, 2013

      Germany: Angela’s choice

      With almost six months to go before the general election in Germany, the victor is already almost a foregone conclusion, if...

    30. February 27, 2013

      MEP warns over delays to Mifid

      An influential MEP has warned Europe may face a third round of legislation if the region cannot soon agree its much-delayed...

    31. February 1, 2013

      Germany set for September polls

      Germany looks set to go to the polls on September 22 after the leading members of Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition...

    32. January 17, 2013

      Germany shifts debate about female quotas

      Britain’s House of Lords, the less powerful of parliament’s two chambers, is often seen as quaintly old-fashioned and...

    33. January 9, 2013

      Merkel popularity at a record high

      Less than nine months before the German general election, Angela Merkel is dominating the political scene at the expense...

    34. January 1, 2013

      Free Voters make ground in Bavaria

      Hubert Aiwanger is a little hoarse, but a cold cannot quell his fervour. Germany’s established parties are pursuing a policy...

    35. November 13, 2012

      Black-green talk colours German politics

      There are more than 10 months to go before Germany’s general election, but the temperature is rapidly rising inside the...

    36. October 24, 2012

      Draghi faces Bundestag sceptics

      It was not quite Mr Smith goes to Washington but the presence of Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, in...

    37. October 8, 2012

      Merkel bears no gifts on Greek visit

      More than any other European leader, Angela Merkel is unloved in Athens: she is seen as the main enforcer of drastic...

    38. September 11, 2012

      Decision day looms for eurozone fund

      The German constitutional court has dismissed a last-minute attempt to delay its decision on the establishment of the...

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