Angela Merkel lays flowers at the scene of the attack.
The high profile attack will polarise an already strained political debate in Germany.
A festive decoration hangs from the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market in Berlin.
Attacks like the one in Berlin harm democracy because they spread fear and self-censorship among citizens.
Poor Angela Merkel. Given Germany’s history and her own cautious nature, it’s not been easy being the defacto leader of the European Union at the best of times. But these are far from the best of times…
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.
The past few years have been tough for the German chancellor, but she has confirmed that she will be standing in the next election.
EU leaders couldn't pretend to be happy about the result of the US election. It goes against everything they stand for.
That sinking feeling.
The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn't do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.
A local election with national implications.
EPA/Bernd Von Jutrczenka
Past research suggests governing parties often take a hit in mid-term regional votes before recovering in national contests.
The remaining member states are working out how to survive Brexit.
German lessons for migrants and refugees.
Germany’s problems with integrating immigrants date back to before the refugee crisis.
In her annual statement to the press, the German Chancellor insisted recent events would not change her stance on welcoming refugees.
The long peace is over but we don’t yet know what will come next.
Digital media has the power to inform, but it is also helping some to spread hate. Have we reached the tipping point between order and chaos at the global level?
Instead of seeking to blame immigrants or Islamic State, Europeans need to rise to the challenge posed by the modern world.
Meet new British PM: Check.
Everyone is looking to the German leader to save the union in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Anti-Brexit protestors march on Westminster on July 2.
Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Free movement will be at the heart of post-Brexit negotiations. But what is it?
Angela Merkel and François Hollande are now alone at the top table, and there are no prizes for guessing who is drawing up the seating plan.
How to avoid the politics of revenge.
Toby Melville / PA Wire
Angela Merkel's calmness is a key part of her negotiating strategy.
Merkel: a watershed moment.
Angela Merkel has called for Europe to stand together in the face of Brexit.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wouldn't like to see Britain leave the EU, but a remain vote is not necessarily an easy option either.
Egyptian refugees fleeing Libya with the help of the US Air Force.
US Department of Defence
Surely it isn’t too far-fetched to claim that if migrants are to promote democracy back home, it is beneficial for them to experience democratic values and principles in the countries hosting them.