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  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...

  1. 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...

  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...

  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. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. September 6, 2012

    German chancellor backs ECB bond move

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, backed the European Central Bank’s new sovereign-bond buying programme, but also gave a...

  38. August 8, 2012

    Berlin denies rift over euro crisis

    Suggestions of a split in German policy over the way ahead in tackling the crisis in the eurozone, between the government in...

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