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    1. April 27, 2016

      Germany replaces head of external intelligence agency

      The German government replaced the head of the country’s external intelligence service on Wednesday after a barrage of...

    2. April 21, 2016

      Draghi goes on the offensive against bullying by Berlin

      In the past month, Mario Draghi has come under near constant attack from German politicians. Always hostile to easy...

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      German exports are hitting records,domestic consumption is strong and wages are rising...
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    1. April 21, 2016

      For Angela Merkel, the Böhmermann affair is just a sideshow

      Would it be sexist to say that the current harrumphing over the Böhmermann affair carries some distinctly male...

    2. April 21, 2016

      Mario Draghi defends ECB independence and ultra-low interest rates

      Mario Draghi has hit back hard at German criticism of the European Central Bank’s low interest rates, insisting the ECB...

    3. April 20, 2016

      Volkswagen: The dirt under the bonnet

      In April 2010, Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, had breakfast with Angela Merkel, the German...

    4. April 20, 2016

      Will the ECB fend off German criticism?

      The European Central Bank’s independence will be the centre of attention when its governing council meets on Thursday...

    5. April 19, 2016

      German rightwing leader begins race trial

      The founder of Germany’s rightwing Pegida movement went on trial on Tuesday on charges of inciting racial hatred, amid...

    6. 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...

    7. April 19, 2016

      Refugee crisis shakes political allegiances of ‘Russia-Germans’

      Andreas Fabrizius, a 29-year-old welder from the town of Pforzheim in south-west Germany, is helping to stir up one of...

    8. April 18, 2016

      Angela Merkel should guard press freedom

      The way the press treats political leaders marks a crucial dividing line between free and authoritarian countries. In...

    9. April 12, 2016

      Bundesbank’s Weidmann rebukes Draghi critics in Berlin

      Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has rebuked German politicians for attempting to pressure European Central Bank...

    10. April 11, 2016

      Ankara asks Berlin to prosecute comic for Erdogan satire

      Turkey has asked Germany to prosecute a popular comedian for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a deepening of...

    11. April 10, 2016

      Germany blames Mario Draghi for rise of rightwing AfD party

      German political leaders are blaming the European Central Bank’s easy money policies for the rise of the rightwing...

    12. March 29, 2016

      Germany fears influence of homegrown militants on Syrian migrants

      Naji has been coming to Al Nur mosque since he arrived in Germany. The faithful who gather there are “real Muslims”, he...

    13. March 18, 2016

      Why Merkel dreams in black and white

      If Donald Trump is the world’s most colourful politician, Angela Merkel is probably the least. She is resolutely...

    14. March 17, 2016

      For Merkel, Erdogan is a bitter pill to swallow for migrant pact

      Among the many pills that chancellor Angela Merkel has had to swallow in pursuit of a Europe-wide solution to the...

    15. 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...

    16. March 14, 2016

      German politics enters an age of fragmentation

      Angela Merkel has emerged from Germany’s regional elections bloodied but unbowed. The weekend’s polls in three German...

    17. March 14, 2016

      Frauke Petry profits from rise of anti-immigrant vote in Germany

      It was, she said, a “grandiose” result, which had delivered a “slap in the face” to Germany's mainstream parties. If...

    18. March 14, 2016

      The unravelling of Angela Merkel’s power

      The fate of Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy on refugees has assumed global significance. Nationalists from Russia to...

    19. March 14, 2016

      Merkel vows to stay the course on refugees despite election drubbing

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged to stick to her controversial refugee policy despite the...

    20. 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...

    21. March 13, 2016

      Germany votes in crucial state poll test for Angela Merkel

      German voters are going to the polls in regional elections in the first important electoral test of chancellor Angela...

    22. March 9, 2016

      German minister beats plagiarism charge

      Ursula von der Leyen, German defence minister, can breathe a sigh of relief after an official inquiry into claims that...

    23. March 8, 2016

      Angela Merkel tested by German doubts on Turkey migrant proposals

      The tentative migration pact between the EU and Turkey has come under fire from critics ranging from German...

    24. March 7, 2016

      Anti-immigration party makes gains in German council polls

      The anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland party has vaulted into third place in local council elections in the...

    25. March 4, 2016

      Merkel’s refugee policy faces verdict from the voters

      Elections in Germany’s 16 Länder, or federal states, usually put a strong focus on regional and local concerns, making...

    26. March 4, 2016

      Syrian refugee is a media hit in Germany

      Firas Alshater can hardly keep his eyes open. The Syrian rose at dawn for an interview on German breakfast TV. He’s...

    27. February 24, 2016

      Migrant crisis fuels AfD’s political ambitions in Germany

      The way André Poggenburg tells it, Germany is heading for an electoral earthquake that will change its political...

    28. February 17, 2016

      Germany and Turkey at odds on migrants

      Berlin and Ankara are at loggerheads over Europe’s refugee crisis, with Germany refusing to take in refugees directly...

    29. February 16, 2016

      Angela Merkel: Lots of foes, fewer friends

      Angela Merkel rarely lets her guard down in public. However, ahead of Thursday’s crucial EU summit on the refugee...

    30. February 16, 2016

      Germany must cut new migrant numbers fast

      Germany in July 2015: the economy was buzzing, tax revenues were flowing and more people than ever had a job. In the...

    31. February 12, 2016

      Merkel pledges German support to prevent Brexit

      Angela Merkel will welcome British prime minister David Cameron in Hamburg on Friday at a glittering dinner aimed at...

    32. February 11, 2016

      Hamburg leads hopes UK will stay in the club

      Few places in Germany would feel the impact of a British exit from the EU as much as Hamburg’s Anglo-German Club, a...

    33. February 8, 2016

      Aleppo’s agony will test the resolve of Europe

      With each day that passes, Europe’s migrant crisis deepens. In the past few weeks, EU governments have tried and failed...

    34. February 4, 2016

      Angela Merkel’s open door has harmed those it was meant to help

      Rescuing those displaced by conflict is a basic international responsibility. In Syria there are 11m such people....

    35. February 3, 2016

      Germany to limit north African asylum seekers

      Angela Merkel’s government has backed plans to curb the number of asylum seekers coming to Germany from Tunisia,...

    36. February 1, 2016

      Call to use guns on illegal migrants sharpens German debate

      A rightwing German politician’s suggestion that police must “if necessary use firearms” to stop migrants illegally...

    37. January 29, 2016

      Renzi-Merkel affair turns to partnership of convenience

      The high point in Angela Merkel’s relationship with Matteo Renzi may have come a year ago, when the youthful Italian...

    38. January 28, 2016

      Hard-headed humanity can save Angela Merkel

      Angela Merkel wants to save Europe. She must first save herself. The German chancellor’s lodestar is unity within the...

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