Germany to tighten security checks on refugees

New controls agreed upon will facilitate electronically tagging immigrants deemed security threat and deportations.

Angela Merkel

Merkel says Christmas market incident a 'terrorist act'

At least 12 were killed as a lorry ploughed into a crowd, an act officials say was intentional as they continue probe.

Angela Merkel

Merkel says full-face veil must be banned in Germany

German leader seeks her party's support ahead of election, promising tougher refugee policy and calling for a veil ban.


Angela Merkel to seek fourth term as German chancellor

Merkel expects race to be "more difficult than any before" as she announces re-election bid after 11 years in office.


Obama and European leaders discuss challenges

Talks in Germany on security and economic issues possibly US president's last in such a setting before Trump takes over.


Merkel's party suffers loss in Berlin election

Backlash against immigrant policy raises questions over whether chancellor will stand for a fourth term next year.


Protesters rally across Germany against mega trade deal

Tens of thousands hit the streets against the TTIP over alleged threats to human and ecological rights.


The end of German populist exceptionalism

The right-wing AfD is to stay, and will constrain Merkel's leadership - but less so than in neighbouring EU countries.

by Thorsten Benner

Inside Story

Will Angela Merkel's party bounce back?

A right-wing, anti-immigration party defeats Merkel's CDU in her home state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.


Far-right AfD beats Merkel's party in German state vote

With almost all of the votes counted, results show Merkel's Christian Democrats overtaken by AfD in regional poll.


Germany: State poll a test for Merkel's refugee policy

Party of German Chancellor braced for a backlash over its refugee and migrant policy in regional vote.


German minister proposes partial burqa ban

Interior minister says ban on face veils would apply to "places where it is necessary for society's coexistence".


Germany angers Turkey with 'Armenia genocide' vote

German MPs approve motion describing 1915 killings of Armenians as a "genocide", prompting Ankara to recall ambassador.

Business & Economy

Obama and Merkel push for mammoth EU-US trade deal

After talks with Chancellor Merkel, US president says he wants transatlantic trade deal finalised before his term ends.

Syrian Refugees

EU leaders praise Turkey for its treatment of refugees

German chancellor and EU officials travel to Turkish-Syrian border in effort to bolster controversial refugee-swap deal.