She won't stand again in 2021 – and it's unlikely she'll last until then either.
German politics is experiencing a major shift. Merkel knows her time is up.
In the mid-1980s Germany was wracked by a toxic 'Asyldebatte' that bears similarities to what's happening today.
If you believe everything you read, Germany is facing the abyss. But there's actually a lot to be hopeful about.
The German approach to refugees is becoming increasingly binary: if you are not a refugee, you must leave; if you are a refugee, you must integrate.
The SPD is in government with Angela Merkel again after signing a coalition deal. But life has been harder for the social democrats.
Martin Schulz could face a major backlash from his own party after breaking his promise not to enter government with Angela Merkel's CDU again.
Germany's Social Democrat Party leadership voted in favour of a new coalition with Angela Merkel's block – but it's far from plain sailing ahead.
In mid-2015 the German Foreign Office after decades of denial seemingly acceded, in a very informal way, to labelling what had happened in South West Africa as genocide, is now backtracking.
Over three months since Germans voted in national elections, preliminary talks are due to start Jan. 7 on forming a coalition government. What has taken so long?
The issue of whether to allow refugees to bring their close family to Germany has been a sticking point in coalition negotiations.
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.
Follow the money to see if Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor after the September vote.
Looking like a centrist, but governing as a conservative, Angela Merkel has cleared the decks before the coming German election.
The former foreign minister is uniquely placed to encourage Germany to take a more active role in the world.
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.
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.
The high profile attack will polarise an already strained political debate in Germany.