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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. February 27, 2010

    Berlin increases Afghan troops

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

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. September 29, 2009

    Global Insight: Europe’s left is failing

    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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