Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.
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Saturday 14 December 2013
The majority of the centre-left party's members voted to join the Chancellor in government.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
The German leader’s party finds itself without options after romping home in the polls
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Erna Solberg, who is poised to become Prime Minister after the Labour premier conceded defeat in an election, faces tough negotiations with three other right-wing parties to form a government.
Friday 06 September 2013
Cutting edge ‘Merkel app’ launched to target smartphone users before 22 September vote
Monday 17 June 2013
Conspiracy theories swirled around then premier Giulio Andreotti - who died earlier this year - for opposing any sort of negotiation with the kidnappers
Monday 06 May 2013
Known for shady links with the mafia, he helped draft the country's post-war constitution
Saturday 09 February 2013
Germany's education minister resigned today after a university decided to withdraw her doctorate, finding that she plagiarised parts of her thesis - an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government as it prepares for elections later this year.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
Annette Schavan could become second senior German politician to be stripped of doctorate
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her bid for re-election today, telling the party faithful that her government had steered Germany through the worst of the European financial crisis and was best equipped to guide it through what may still be tough times.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
David Cameron will not accept a cut in Britain's rebate from Brussels as he tries to secure a freeze in the European Union budget, Downing Street said today.
Poland's sports minister spared after offering to resign over roof fiasco during England World Cup qualifier
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Poland's premier spared his sports minister today over the postponement of a World Cup qualifier with England, saying she was not directly liable for the failure to close the roof ahead of heavy rain.
Thursday 26 July 2012
Berlusconi's daughter gives evidence as ex-minister and two former Cosa Nostra heads are indicted
Tuesday 17 July 2012
The “world’s most powerful woman” first staked her claim to greatness in 1999, with the publication of an open letter in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It called for the Christian Democrats to reject Helmut Kohl, the retired chancellor and her former mentor, and in doing so paved the way for Angela Merkel’s eventual election as party leader.
Monday 14 May 2012
German voters reject austerity programme in favour of pro-growth opposition in state poll
Friday 11 May 2012
Likely defeat in weekend's regional election set to be humbling bodyblow to Chancellor's cuts agenda
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