Olaf Scholz is learning the difficulty of preaching the benefits of Chinese business to his government.
Charles Michel, president of the European Council, will meet the Chinese leader at a time of tension over European and US relations with Beijing.
Pipeline rupture may cause EU gas demand to peak sooner than expected.
The road to EU membership is usually a long process, sometimes taking decades.
The settled foundations of German foreign policy have been overturned in an instant following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Germany’s reliance on natural gas has undermined western unity in dealing with Russia, creating an opening for Vladimir Putin.
The proposal is likely to mean economic and diplomatic costs for Australia, and should ring alarm bells in Canberra.
Olaf Scholz faces the unfavourable task of uniting a coalition of three parties with very different agendas.
A coalition deal has been struck and Olaf Scholz will soon take over as chancellor.
Anti-celebrity politicians succeed by styling themselves as authentic alternatives to more showy statesmen.
Following the German election, all of the country’s major party leaders agreed that Germany needs to move forward. But if the electorate had had its way, it would have re-elected Angela Merkel.
After beating the formerly biggest party to top the poll, the social democrats will enter complex coalition talks with potential partners, including the Greens and the liberal FDP.
Germany was steady under its longstanding chancellor, but also stagnant.