Martin Schulz has said he'd rather go back into opposition than agree to another grand coalition. But is that sensible?
Few thought she'd go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
Angela Merkel is on course for victory but she will need to form a coalition, and there's more than one way to make that happen.
The signs are there for those who care to look.
Follow the money to see if Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor after the September vote.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured here with French President Emmanuel Macron, has managed to keep centrists happy while holding on to her conservative base.
Looking like a centrist, but governing as a conservative, Angela Merkel has cleared the decks before the coming German election.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a president in need of a project.
The former foreign minister is uniquely placed to encourage Germany to take a more active role in the world.
Two U.S. soldiers on Easter morning, 1945.
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
Italian police at a press conference after Berlin attacker was killed in Italy.
AP Photo/Luca Bruno
The Berlin terror attack at the end of 2016 will have major political implications for Germany's elections this year and an uneasy European Union, writes a German studies scholar.
Angela Merkel lays flowers at the scene of the attack.
The high profile attack will polarise an already strained political debate in Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
A local election with national implications.
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Past research suggests governing parties often take a hit in mid-term regional votes before recovering in national contests.
Media at the scene of mall shooting in Munich.
A German culture scholar looks at how rising fear of terror and a week of violence has affected German media and politics. Will Germany's open refugee policies last?
Voters in traditional dress wait to cast their ballots in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Rule one: don't lose 'ownership' of the issue.
Merkel took a hit at the polls but so have most other European leaders.
It's true that the establishment has been shaken, but immigration isn't the only reason voters are looking elsewhere.
Angela Merkel is entering her first proper war by joining the campaign against Islamic State.
When it comes to Europe, Germany can't win either way.
Eine kleine Bundeskanzlerin: Merkel addresses both houses of parliament.
Angela Merkel’s visit to London could hardly have been given a bigger billing; a speech to both houses of parliament, lunch with the prime minister and then tea with the Queen. David Cameron clearly had…
Merkel needs to play her cards right.
When in 1987 Margaret Thatcher won the third of her three elections in the UK, she was at the height of her powers. She governed in almost monarchical style, her (internal and external) opponents either…
Haunted by the ghost of Merkel past?
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The results of the German election have been described as a triumph for Angela Merkel. Her Christian Democrats bounced back from their second-worst result since 1949 to heights they have not seen since…
‘Mutti’ - mother - Merkel goes for a third term.
Germans go to the polls this weekend to elect a new four-year parliament – the Bundestag. Barring something extraordinary a coalition headed by Angela Merkel will be returned. But, despite what some commentators…