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    1. May 12, 2016

      Angela Merkel’s warm migrant rhetoric belies a colder welcome

      Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision this week to prolong the temporary border checks Germany imposed in the refugee...

    2. April 19, 2016

      Helmut Kohl snubs one-time protégée Angela Merkel

      At the age of 86, Helmut Kohl, Germany’s former chancellor, might be viewed as a somewhat marginal and ailing figure in...

    1. April 14, 2016

      Germany sets out plans for migrant integration law

      Germany has set out plans to impose sanctions on asylum seekers who refuse language lessons or fail to stay in assigned...

    2. March 15, 2016

      Merkel weakened, but her rivals are few

      All sides agree that Angela Merkel was weakened after a trio of regional elections in which her party fared poorly and...

    3. March 14, 2016

      Germany’s Merkel under renewed attack after populists’ poll success

      Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed attack on Monday from her most important critic — Bavarian conservative...

    4. Brussels Blog

      March 9, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: Merkel's gamble

      This is Wednesday’s edition of our Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up here....

    5. March 2, 2016

      Merkel refugee policy faces first big electoral test

      Even in the genteel university city of Freiburg, Germany’s immigration politics is getting dirty. Johannes Baumgärtner,...

    6. December 31, 2015

      Munich says €300m concert hall will strike the right note

      Despite the stream of errors, delays and cost overruns that have plagued high-profile German construction projects in...

    7. November 23, 2015

      German Jewish leader Josef Schuster calls for refugee quotas

      The leader of Germany’s Jewish community has backed calls for refugee quotas, warning that many asylum-seekers are from...

    8. November 20, 2015

      Merkel faces down critics with defence of her refugee policy

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday delivered a passionate defence of her “refugees welcome” policy before an...

    9. November 15, 2015

      Paris attacks: security services struggle in terrorist battle

      It has been an axiom of counter-terrorism work in the post 9/11 era that the bigger and more intricate the plot, the...

    10. October 29, 2015

      Migrant crisis strains Germany’s oldest political marriage

      The oldest marriage in German politics was sealed amid the rubble of the country’s postwar rebuilding and has weathered...

    11. October 28, 2015

      Austrian and German tensions flare over migrant crisis

      A row has erupted between Germany and Austria over handling the tens of thousands of refugees moving across central...

    12. October 27, 2015

      Germany: Merkel opens door to her opponents

      For a leader normally adored by her followers, a recent regional party conference in the east German town of Schkeuditz...

    13. October 7, 2015

      Bavarian ally proves a thorn in Merkel’s side on refugees

      If Angela Merkel is the good cop of German refugee politics, then the bad cop is undoubtedly Horst Seehofer. As the...

    14. October 4, 2015

      Angela Merkel stands by refugees decision despite polls

      Angela Merkel has defended her decision to make Germany a haven for refugees, despite sliding public support and...

    15. October 2, 2015

      German move to seize offices for purpose of sheltering migrants

      By Stefan Wagstyl in Berlin Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city after Berlin, could start seizing empty commercial...

    16. September 11, 2015

      Rightwing critics attack Merkel over asylum-seekers in Germany

      German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country has come under...

    17. January 5, 2015

      Angela Merkel faces growing dilemma over Greece

      Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition partner on Monday warned the German government against meddling in...

    18. 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...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. FT Alphaville

      July 18, 2012

      Nehmerländer!

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

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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