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.
Science and innovation can improve the world –but scientists have to help ensure strong democracies too.
African mathematicians and scientists have an important role to play in establishing and protecting a democratic continent.
May 1968 students’ protest in Berlin.
Probably no other country has struggled as hard to come to terms with its past as Germany. Here's what students contributed to that struggle.
This is what could cause the collapse of the EU – and what could save it.
As Cologne prepares for Carnival, Angela Merkel’s moral consensus is falling apart.
The violence in Cologne over New Year's Eve has undermined the "culture of welcome" so dear to Chancellor Angela Merkel. A European response is all the more urgent to face the populist threat.
Pushing back against the backlash.
Germany has been a world leader in taking in refugees, but a xenophobic outcry at a wave of sexual assaults puts the government in a tight spot.
Angela Merkel is entering her first proper war by joining the campaign against Islamic State.
Arriving in Lesbos, Greece from Syria.
Afghan, Syrian and Eritrean refugees keep arriving on Europe’s shores, reputedly at an increasing rate. They attempt to traverse the Mediterranean by land and sea, presumably hastened by Putin’s bombing…
Refugees are escorted to especially chartered trains after they arrived at the main train station in Munich.
How asylum seekers became political pawns in Germany's foreign policy agenda.
The lucky ones: bound for Germany.
Much of the conventional wisdom among academics over the last decade or so has focused on the convergent trends in European government policies toward both migrants and asylum seekers. Spurred on by European…
When it comes to Europe, Germany can't win either way.
Held by the throat.
A punitive deal which makes life hard for the Greek people and which sets dangerous precedents for the eurozone.
Angela Merkel chose domestic politics over foreign policy, and the results could be disastrous.
Under pressure to do a deal: Alexis Tsipras.
Backed into a corner as the banks reached the brink, the Greek prime minister may have fashioned some sort of success, and the prospect of something approaching debt relief a little down the line.
Phone a friend?
Angela Merkel is in a tight spot, and her usual tactics won't work.
Grexit puts everyone at risk.
European leaders have consistently claimed that their anti-contagion measures would protect the rest of the eurozone from a Greek exit. This looks like pure propaganda.
The G7 leaders are hoping to point the world towards a low-carbon transition.
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G7 leaders have pledged to help end the world's fossil fuel use by the end of the century. It's a laudable aim, but decarbonisation can and should be done by the middle, not the end, of this century.
The G7 leaders at Elnau Castle in Germany.
What to make of the announcement that we'll be off the hydrocarbons in time for the 22nd century? Dream on.
Just the two of us.
The EU membership renegotiations are already leaving David Cameron behind, but he can still seize the initiative again.