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.
Can Europe prove that it’s capable of finding energy in its contradictions and differences and reinvent itself as a place the whole world respects?
According to German public intellectual Claus Offe, Europe faces multiple crises but is not down and out yet.
Pro-Donald Trump bots worked to sway public opinion in the US election by secretly taking over pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags and spreading fake news stories.
Bots have not just been used in the US, but also in Australia, the UK, Germany, Syria and China. To what extent – and how – are they affecting political discourse?
Donald Trump raises his fist after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
The world is on edge as Donald Trump enters the White House.
Europe is at a crossroads in how it integrates religious minorities. But there are lessons to be learned beyond liberal secularism.
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.
Happy new year.
Where do we go from here? After a dramatic year, we look ahead to some key economic and political trends that will influence our lives over the next 12 months.
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.