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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the German Federal Parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin. Germany has managed the coronavirus crisis more successfully than its neighbours. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic

Female leaders have shone in the response to the coronavirus pandemic but is there more to it than simply having women in charge?
On March 29 in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is almost deserted due to restrictions on public life. Getty/Carsten Koall/picture alliance

How Germany is managing its coronavirus epidemic, and reacting with disdain to Trump’s policies

Germans are struggling like the rest of the world with the coronavirus. And while Germans have a strong safety net and medical system, one thing may fall victim to the virus: relations with the US.
The participants in the West Balkans conference pose for the group photo at the chancellery in Berlin on April 29, 2019. Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP

What’s next for the Western Balkans?

What can be the road ahead for Kosovo and Serbia under the EU patronage?
In Muenster, Germany, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and European People’s Party (EPP) launch the European election campaign on April 27, 2019. In the center, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the CDU. Second from left, Markus Soeder, leader of the CSU. Between them, Manfred Weber, top EPP candidate for the European elections. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

EU elections: Six countries seen by six experts

Ahead of the 2019 EU elections, experts from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway look at how the EU is perceived, key issues and perspectives for the election.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Deutscher Arbeitgebertag congress, organised by the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and gathering German employers in Berlin on November 22, 2018. Wolfgang Kumm/AFP

Questioning the claim of Germany’s ‘employment miracle’

The labour market inequalities and economic insecurity are stoking discontent from the Rhine to the Seine.
In this February 2016 photo, people wave German flags in Erfurt, central Germany, during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

How Russians have helped fuel the rise of Germany’s far right

The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD.
A ‘no border wall’ sign is held during a rally to oppose the wall the US government wants to build. AP Photo/Eric Gay

What exactly is the point of the border?

Conflicts about policing the border have erupted in much of the world. How people respond depends on the many distinct visions of what borders are meant to be protecting.

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