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  1. February 6, 2014

    Bavaria opposes green-energy power lines despite nuclear closure

    An important part of Germany’s ambitious green energy programme has run into opposition from the state of Bavaria, which has...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. FT Photo Diary

    June 4, 2013

    Merkel talks to water rescuer in flooded city

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to water rescuer Juergen Hochleitner as she visits the flooded Bavarian city of Passau...

  6. February 5, 2013

    States challenge Germany’s subsidies

    The two richest federal states in Germany have launched a constitutional challenge to the country’s system of tax transfers...

  7. October 21, 2012

    Bavarian ally backs Merkel’s balancing act

    Angela Merkel won a domestic victory at the weekend for her eurozone crisis management. Bavaria’s ruling conservative party...

  8. FT Alphaville

    July 18, 2012

    Nehmerländer!

    That’s one unhappy Minister-President of Bavaria venting on Tuesday. Aber was ist der Länderfinanzausgleich, you might well...

  9. July 9, 2012

    Terms agreed with Brussels over BayernLB

    German authorities have reached agreement with the European Commission on the terms of BayernLB’s restructuring after the...

  10. July 3, 2012

    Eurozone loans threat to German coalition

    One of the parties underpinning Angela Merkel’s coalition has threatened to topple the government should the chancellor...

  11. January 29, 2012

    Merkel faces backlash over EU pact

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is facing growing political pressure at home to demand stricter fiscal discipline from...

  12. September 13, 2011

    Merkel bids to quash Greece default talk

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, sought on Tuesday to quash speculation that a Greek default was imminent, insisting...

  13. October 18, 2010

    Berlin pushes for integration of immigrants

    The Berlin government is set to introduce laws to encourage the immigration of skilled workers, while also stepping up...

  14. October 18, 2010

    Merkel’s answer: make immigration work

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is not the sort of politician who makes aggressive “sound-bites” to grab the headlines...

  15. October 17, 2010

    Multicultural attempts ‘failed’, claims Merkel

    Germany’s attempts to form a multicultural society have “absolutely failed”, Angela Merkel, chancellor, has said in a stark...

  16. September 14, 2010

    Germany set to scrap conscription

    Military conscription looks set to be scrapped in Germany after the country’s ruling conservatives came out in favour of a...

  17. July 2, 2010

    Merkel allies call for stronger leadership

    Leading members of Angela Merkel's centre-right government in Germany yesterday called for stronger leadership and a clearer...

  18. July 2, 2010

    Merkel allies call for stronger leadership

    Leading members of Angela Merkel's centre-right government in Germany yesterday called for stronger leadership and a clearer...

  19. July 1, 2010

    Merkel’s allies call for stronger leadership

    Leading members of Angela Merkel’s centre-right government in Germany on Thursday called for stronger leadership and a...

  20. May 17, 2010

    Länder name price for supporting Berlin

    Powerful regional politicians in Germany’s ruling coalition have called for a financial-transaction tax and spending cuts by...

  21. February 26, 2010

    Merkel fails to quell divisions in coalition

    Sharp differences re-emerged in Germany's ruling centre-right government yesterday, in spite of efforts by the chancellor to...

  22. February 25, 2010

    Merkel fails to quell divisions in coalition

    Sharp differences re-emerged in Germany’s centre-right government on Thursday, despite efforts by Chancellor Angela Merkel...

  23. December 12, 2009

    Crisis talks for Hypo Group

    Shareholders of Hypo Group Alpe Adria are locked in negotiations this weekend over how to rescue the crisis-hit Austrian...

  24. December 12, 2009

    Austrian lender locked in rescue talks

    Shareholders of Hypo Group Alpe Adria are locked in negotiations this weekend over how to rescue the crisis-hit Austrian...

  25. December 1, 2009

    Austrian banking industry's problem child awaits a cash injection

    Hypo Group Alpe Adria is the problem child of the Austrian banking industry for whom no one wants to assume responsibility....

  26. September 26, 2009

    Merkel takes aim at SPD as campaign ends

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, concluded her re-election campaign on Saturday, addressing supporters in a semi-derelict...

  27. June 19, 2009

    German ‘bad bank’ extension under threat

    Party-political tensions in Germany are threatening to delay the extension of the government’s “bad bank” scheme to public...

  28. April 8, 2009

    EU old boys play politics with Turkey

    Centre-right governing parties in France and Germany have leapt on the awkward question of Turkey’s place in Europe for...

  29. February 9, 2009

    Profile: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

    Appointing a new economic minister at the height of an economic crisis that has put the German government under serious...

  30. February 9, 2009

    Merkel acts swiftly in search for new economics minister

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, was last night pondering appointing a 36-year old lawyer as her new economics minister...

  31. February 9, 2009

    Merkel acts swiftly in search for new economics minister

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, was last night pondering appointing a 36-year old lawyer as her new economics minister...

  32. February 7, 2009

    Merkel ponders successor as Glos quits

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, was on Sunday pondering appointing a 36-year old lawyer as her new economics minister...

  33. November 30, 2008

    BayernLB set for €10bn bail-out

    The regional state of Bavaria is set to inject up to €10bn ($12.6bn) into BayernLB, in another sign that Germany’s ailing...

  34. October 1, 2008

    CSU leader resigns after defeat in Bavaria

    The Christian Social Union, the political ally of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in the state of Bavaria, announced...

  35. October 1, 2008

    CSU leader resigns after defeat in Bavaria

    The Christian Social Union, the political ally of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in the state of Bavaria, announced...

  36. September 30, 2008

    Germany’s CSU acts after poll defeat

    The Christian Social Union, the regional political allies of German chancellor Angela Merkel in the state of Bavaria,...

  37. May 13, 2008

    Get rid of the CAP

    From Maverecon (Willem Buiter): Alistair Darling, the UK chancellor of the exchequer, is fighting the good fight on policy...

  38. May 12, 2008

    Germany calls for higher health standards for EU food imports

    China, India and the US should be forced to adopt higher environmental and health standards if they want to export food...

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