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    1. January 31, 2014

      Merkel coalition partner criticises Schäuble EU bank rescue deal

      Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners have moved to undermine her finance minister’s hard-fought deal on an EU bank...

    2. December 15, 2013

      Merkel cabinet choice set to restart debate on successor

      Angela Merkel has chosen Ursula von der Leyen as Germany’s first-ever female defence minister in an unexpected move that...

    1. December 12, 2013

      Germany’s SPD hints at greater solidarity with troubled EU states

      The way Germany’s Social Democrats tell it, they are already changing Angela Merkel’s European policies – even before they...

    2. December 12, 2013

      Europe faces a bigger threat than German caution

      The world must seem a confusing place if you are sitting in Angela Merkel’s chair. The chancellor has been under sustained...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. August 11, 2013

      Peer Steinbrück’s electoral tour highlights SPD’s dilemma

      Peer Steinbrück, the centre-left challenger to be Germany’s next chancellor, is no fool. He knows he is trailing far behind...

    6. March 31, 2012

      Swiss arrest warrants anger Germany

      German Social Democratic party (SPD) politicians reacted with fury on Saturday, after Switzerland confirmed it had issued...

    7. March 25, 2012

      Merkel’s FDP allies seen off by Pirates

      German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has secured a convincing win in a closely watched state...

    8. March 14, 2012

      Budget rejection triggers poll in German state

      Angela Merkel is facing a surprise regional election in Germany’s most populous state this May, a race that will pit her...

    9. March 5, 2012

      Opposition presses Merkel on transactions tax

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is facing growing pressure to accelerate the introduction of a financial transaction...

    10. October 16, 2011

      Pressure grows for ‘more Europe’

      Across the German political spectrum, and among the nation’s business and banking community, pressure is growing for “more...

    11. July 13, 2011

      Merkel’s Christian Democrats slip in polls

      Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has slipped 12 points behind the combined vote...

    12. May 22, 2011

      Merkel criticised as CDU hit in regional poll

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, faced criticism from party colleagues after her Christian Democrats shed votes and her...

    13. March 28, 2011

      Berlin shifts stance on nuclear power

      Germany’s governing coalition of Christian Democrats and Free Democrats has signalled a move away from atomic energy after...

    14. March 20, 2011

      Merkel narrowly passes state poll test

      Angela Merkel, German chancellor, on Sunday night narrowly passed a first popular test of her nuclear policy and her refusal...

    15. March 17, 2011

      Saxony-Anhalt puts the squeeze on Merkel

      Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a possible political setback in Sunday’s elections in the eastern German state of...

    16. March 2, 2011

      EU pact proposals will ‘not end this crisis’

      Germany and France are pushing for the wrong solution to the eurozone economic crisis by demanding a “pact for...

    17. February 20, 2011

      Defeat for Merkel’s CDU in Hamburg election

      Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union suffered a humiliating election defeat in the city of Hamburg on Sunday, with...

    18. February 19, 2011

      What turned the tide in Portugal

      From Mr Thomas Niles. Sir, With reference to Simon Cooke’s letter (February 12) on Portugal’s peaceful Carnation Revolution...

    19. December 15, 2010

      German MPs clash on future of eurozone

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was fiercely criticised in the German parliament on Thursday on the eve of a critical...

    20. October 29, 2010

      Anger over German nuclear plant vote

      Lawmakers from chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition voted in favour of prolonging the life of Germany’s 17...

    21. September 20, 2010

      German opposition seeks nuclear energy poll

      Germany’s opposition Social Democratic party has called for the country’s constitution to be amended to allow for a...

    22. September 16, 2010

      German lesson for junior coalition parties

      Germany’s Free Democratic party – rather more rightwing than its liberal British cousin – has been the most successful...

    23. September 9, 2010

      SPD leaders urge Sarrazin to quit party

      Leaders of Germany’s opposition Social Democrats have appealed to Thilo Sarrazin, the rebel board member of the German...

    24. June 29, 2010

      Westerwelle calls for coalition unity

      Guido Westerwelle, Germany's vice-chancellor, tried to restore order in the country's ruling centre-right coalition...

    25. May 10, 2010

      Regional voters hand out rebuke to Merkel over Greek bail-out

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was facing a bruising defeat yesterday in a critical regional election after...

    26. May 9, 2010

      Voters rebuke Merkel for Greek loan

      Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has suffered a bruising defeat in a critical regional election after widespread public...

    27. May 4, 2010

      The message from Berlin that Europe failed to grasp

      Does the German government understand what is at stake in the crisis of the eurozone? In recent weeks it has been hard to...

    28. May 3, 2010

      Loan likely to increase nostalgia for D-Mark

      Less than a week from polling day in the German state election in North Rhine-Westphalia, Angela Merkel's ruling...

    29. May 2, 2010

      Loan fails to sway German state’s voters

      Less than a week from polling day in the German state election in North Rhine-Westphalia, Angela Merkel’s ruling...

    30. April 29, 2010

      German opposition moves Greek rescue forward

      Germany’s opposition Social Democrats gave the green light on Thursday for an emergency parliamentary process next week to...

    31. February 27, 2010

      Germany to boost Afghan numbers

      The Bundestag has backed the German government's plan to raise the number of its troops in Afghanistan by up to 850 - from...

    32. February 27, 2010

      Berlin increases Afghan troops

      The German government yesterday secured broad parliamentary backing to raise its contingent of troops in Afghanistan from...

    33. February 27, 2010

      Bundestag gives go-ahead to troop boost in Afghanistan

      The Bundestag has backed the German government's plan to raise the number of its troops in Afghanistan by up to 850 - from...

    34. February 26, 2010

      Germans agree to boost Afghan troop mission

      The German government secured broad parliamentary backing to raise its contingent of troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to up...

    35. January 25, 2010

      Breaking the Linke

      The quintessential Sekt socialist is hanging up his soapbox. After two tilts at the chancellorship, once in 1990 as the SPD...

    36. November 14, 2009

      SPD chief rejects calls to swing to the left

      The designated chairman of the German Social Democratic Party on Friday rejected calls for a radical leftward shift after an...

    37. October 16, 2009

      Sarkozy ponders a Turkey downgrade

      Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): Even before he was elected as president of France in 2007, Nicolas Sarkozy made it...

    38. September 30, 2009

      Europe's left is failing just as it should be in the ascendant

      Across the main capitals of Europe, the traditional parties of the centre-left are in retreat. On Sunday, Germany's Social...

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