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  1. 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...

  2. February 16, 2010

    Strauss-Kahn could take on Sarkozy

    Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): Since the Fifth Republic's birth in 1958, France has had six presidents, and only one, François...

  1. Brussels Blog

    February 14, 2010

    IMF's Strauss-Kahn Mulls a Presidential Challenge to Sarkozy

    Since the Fifth Republic’s birth in 1958, France has had six presidents – and only one, François Mitterrand (1981-1995), was...

  2. Brussels Blog

    January 27, 2010

    Oskar Lafontaine: a fiery failure of the left

    The memories came flooding back when I heard last weekend that Oskar Lafontaine, the leftwing German political leader, was...

  3. 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...

  4. January 25, 2010

    Lafontaine set to quit national politics in Germany

    Oskar Lafontaine, the former German finance minister who has been one of the country's most controversial leftwing figures...

  5. January 24, 2010

    Lafontaine to leave German politics

    Oskar Lafontaine, Germany’s former finance minister who has been a leading leftwinger for the past two decades, is to...

  6. August 21, 2009

    Allure of an alliance

    T ucked away in a dimly lit annexe of Saarbrücken's pocket-sized parliament, the cluttered office of Heiko Maas might not...

  7. August 20, 2009

    Allure of an alliance

    Tucked away in a dimly lit annexe of Saarbrücken’s pocket-sized parliament, the cluttered office of Heiko Maas might not...

  8. September 9, 2008

    Steinmeier at helm

    The weekend putsch that restored reformers to the helm of the Social Democratic party has sent an electric charge through...

  9. August 15, 2008

    Row as SPD joins Left in state pact

    A new row broke out in Germany's Social Democratic party yesterday after its officials in Hesse agreed to work with the...

  10. August 15, 2008

    Row as SPD joins Left in state pact

    A new row broke out in Germany's Social Democratic party yesterday after its officials in the state of Hesse agreed to work...

  11. August 14, 2008

    Row as German SPD joins Left in pact

    A new row broke out in Germany’s Social Democratic party on Thursday after its officials in the state of Hesse agreed to...

  12. June 17, 2008

    The uncompromising 'secret chancellor' of Germany's left

    Oskar Lafontaine, the man the German media dubthe country's "secret chancellor", is in a bullish mood. Tie-less and relaxed...

  13. June 17, 2008

    The 'secret chancellor' leading Germany’s left

    Oskar Lafontaine, the man the German media dub the country's "secret chancellor", is in a bullish mood. Tie-less and...

  14. June 16, 2008

    ‘Secret chancellor’ steers German left

    Oskar Lafontaine, the man the German media dub the country’s “secret chancellor”, is in a bullish mood. Tie-less and relaxed...

  15. May 26, 2008

    German Left party leader sees activists' support dip

    Some of the shine was taken off Oskar Lafontaine's leadership of the Left party, the powerful new force in German politics,...

  16. May 26, 2008

    Setback for German Left chief

    Some of the shine was taken off Oskar Lafontaine's leadership of the Left party, the powerful new force in German politics,...

  17. November 22, 2007

    Observer: Striking change

    Benchmarking in policymaking is making rapid headway in Germany. Even the Left party, the radical opposition grouping, is...

  18. June 19, 2007

    Germany's new political player enters stage left

    Germany's main political parties yesterday reacted with bluster and a show of nerves to the birth of a new political force,...

  19. June 18, 2007

    Germany’s new political party is born

    Germany’s main political parties on Monday reacted with bluster and a show of nerves to the birth of a new political force,...

  20. February 3, 2007

    Chirac in a muddle as confidentiality gets a bad name

    Poor old Jacques Chirac. The French president emerged looking decidedly foolish from the interview he gave on Monday to US...

  21. April 6, 2006

    Observer: Oskar to the rescue

    The world's top diplomats can sleep easily in their beds tonight, as a solution could be in sight to the international...

  22. April 6, 2006

    Observer: Shuttle diplomat

    The world's top diplomats can sleep easily in their beds tonight, as a solution could be in sight to the international...

  23. October 19, 2005

    Observer: Familiar faces in unfamiliar places

    Yesterday's opening sitting of the German parliament had a first-day-at-school feel to it, with new and old MPs greeting...

  24. October 18, 2005

    Observer - Europe

    Tuesday’s opening sitting of the German parliament had a first-day-at-school feel to it, with new and old MPs greeting each...

  25. September 20, 2005

    Left party fetes Bundestag entry

    The Left party yesterday celebrated its entry into the Bundestag yesterday, arguing that Germany had now "become a normal...

  26. September 19, 2005

    Liberals' success leaves bitter taste

    Germany's liberal Free Democrats last night faced the bitter prospect of another four years on the opposition benches,...

  27. September 14, 2005

    Quentin Peel: Radical reform alarms Germans

    General elections in Germany are not supposed to be exciting. Nor are they expected to be unpredictable. They are certainly...

  28. August 29, 2005

    US bases undermine sovereignty, says Lafontaine

    Oskar Lafontaine, one of two lead candidates for the Left party at the German election, has called into question the...

  29. August 25, 2005

    French Socialists divided ahead of annual meeting

    France’s opposition Socialist party on Friday opens a critical annual meeting that could determine whether it begins to...

  30. August 19, 2005

    German election - the key players

    Use the links to move up and down the page Gerhard Schröder Angela Merkel Joschka Fischer Oskar Lafontaine Gregor Gysi Franz...

  31. August 17, 2005

    New German alliance firm on SPD opposition

    Germany's new alliance of eastern ex-communists and western defectors from the ruling Social Democratic party, although...

  32. August 15, 2005

    Germany's choice will have deep reverberations

    In less than five weeks, Germany will make an important political choice - probably the most important it has made since...

  33. August 14, 2005

    Wolfgang Munchau: An important political choice

    Germany will next month make an important political choice – probably the most important it has made since 1969, when it...

  34. August 12, 2005

    Bavarian chief's slip threatens Merkel

    Edmund Stoiber, the second most important conservative leader in Germany, has uttered what is being taken as yet another...

  35. August 12, 2005

    Bavarian chief's east Germany slip unsettles Merkel campaign

    Edmund Stoiber, the second most important conservative leader in Germany, has uttered what is being taken as yet another...

  36. August 11, 2005

    Merkel's tax problem

    Only a few weeks ago, it seemed clear that the German electorate would hand Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democrat...

  37. July 29, 2005

    Schröder ally: Germans regard government as moribund

    A senior ally of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder yesterday said that many Germans considered the government moribund, making the...

  38. July 21, 2005

    Emphasis on 'easternness' could backfire

    Despite riding high in the opinion polls, fears are growing among the opposition Christian Democrats that their chances of...

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