Anxiety runs high over international tensions and there is a fear that Germany’s economic security is under threat.
Merkel’s conservative bloc won 32.9% of the vote, down 8.6 points from the 2013 election, hitting its lowest level since 1949.
Merkel’s conservative bloc is on track to remain the largest group in parliament, opinion polls indicated.
Few thought she’d go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
A GMS poll on Thursday said 34% were not planning to vote or were undecided, higher than 29% who did not cast ballots in the last election.
If the union’s gambit is successful, economists counting on strong wage rises will be watching to see if there are deflationary effects as domestic consumption overtakes exports.
Merkel’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has long opposed Turkish membership in the European Union.
Merkel denied she had made any mistakes with her open-door policy even though the arrival of a million refugees over the last two years from Syria and Iraq opened deep rifts in her conservative party and depressed its support.
The comments, some of Erdogan’s harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany.
The EU budget commissioner said the UK will have to keep making payments for long-term programmes until at least 2020, even after it leaves in 2019.
FDP chief Christian Lindner said it might be necessary to “encapsulate” the Crimea issue to maintain good ties between Russia, Germany and the EU.
Germany says Vietnamese businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh was seized in Germany and spirited to Vietnam where he is suspected of corruption and causing losses at a Vietnamese state firm.
The police said the suspect had suddenly started attacking customers in the shop, with no immediate indication of any political or religious motive.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg is offering to broker the feud which arose because Turkey refused access to German lawmakers to their own troops in a Turkish base.
Thousands are expected to march in Hamburg this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change.
Before violently reversing the trend under new authoritarian regimes, Germany and much of Europe had hundreds of gay and lesbian cafes – this is an object lesson showing that the history of LGBTQ rights is not a record of constant progress.
Thirty more were injured, many seriously, when the bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry on a motorway in the German state of Bavaria.
German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage in Berlin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to combat climate change at the G20 summit next week in a challenge to US President Donald Trump.
Schulz also believes that in light of this, the European Union needs to make its response stronger through concrete policies.
France is counting on its new president to bring down unemployment and public debt – will he be able to do it?
For all his accomplishments as chancellor, Kohl’s life was tinged by controversy and personal tragedy.
A policewoman and two civilians were injured in a shooting at the S-Bahn train station in Unterföhring near Munich.
The centerpiece of Germany’s biggest art fair, documenta 14, the Parthenon stands in central Kassel right where Nazis once burned banned books.
Germany recognises that the authorities may be currently incapable of carrying out requisite processing of those sent back but will soon resume deportation.
The Malmedy trial remains an example of how competent professionals confronted a blizzard of fake news and fought against that era’s most dangerous demagogues.
The two-day G7 summit in Italy pitted President Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues.
The former Prime Minister believes that a voting system modelled after Germany’s would allow the new parliament to get to work without losing time.
In a thinly veiled reference to Trump’s ‘US-Mexico wall’, Obama said the world was shrinking and it was not possible to stay isolated from troubles abroad.
At a festival intertwined with France’s national identity, the tension of art, politics and commerce always looms.
The two world leaders met in Berlin to discuss the roadmap for the future, Eurobonds, and economic policies.
The chancellor looks even more secure as a surge by the Martin Schulz-led Social Democratic Party fell flat in North-Rhine Westphalia.
Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term, has an image as an experienced leader who can provide stability, which resonates with many risk-averse Germans.
He was one of the brilliant mathematical geniuses who helped crack the Nazi codes, but few have ever heard of his name. So who was Bill Tutte?
The German police detained a second soldier suspected of being involved in the planning of an attack against politicians who weren’t opposed to immigration.
In Germany – a country where going to the theatre is a deeply ingrained cultural tradition – the stage is a place to confront pressing political issues.
The discovery at a barracks came after similar Nazi-era items were found in the garrison of an officer arrested on suspicion of planning a racist attack.
The conservatives’s victory will boost Angela Merkel’s prospects of winning the national election in September.
The audience was unsympathetic when she called Donald Trump a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.
Politicians said that the loyalty many Turkish origin people in Germany showed to an authoritarian Erdogan reflected a rejection of democratic values.