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End of ‘Merkron’ : EU’s power couple prepares to bow out

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Angela Merkel in Paris on Thursday for the last time before the German chancellor stands down, spelling...

‘One of us’ : Merkel hometown a refuge from wild world

There's a place just 90 minutes' drive from Berlin where Angela Merkel can escape the crucible of her office, see the people who've known her...

The Merkel rhombus : How a hand gesture became a brand

Hands clasped in front of the stomach, thumbs and fingertips touching to form a diamond shape -- Angela Merkel's "rhombus" hand gesture has become...

What do red socks have to do with Germany’s election?

A curious trend swept Germany in 1994 -- red socks began appearing in windows and on posters. Twenty-seven years on, the sartorial gimmick is...

Three lives transformed by Merkel’s decisions

In her 16 years in power, Chancellor Angela Merkel took a leading role not only in charting Germany's course but influencing the path taken by...

Would-be German chancellors go head-to-head in local battle

Famous for its palaces that once housed Prussian kings, the German city of Potsdam on the outskirts of Berlin has also become the arena for a...

Germany’s Laschet and Scholz trade blows in heated election debate

Armin Laschet, the struggling chancellor candidate from Angela Merkel's conservative camp, went on the attack against his centre-left rival in...

Merkel appeals to Belarus over border ‘hybrid attacks’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to Belarus to help migrants instead of trying to send them across the border into the European Union,...

Germany probes claims of pre-election MP hacking by Russia

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they are probing alleged hacking attacks against lawmakers ahead of this month's German election that...

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites

By hosting two contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor this week, President Emmanuel Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing...

Blinken says Taliban legitimacy will have to be ‘earned’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that the Taliban would have to earn legitimacy from the world, after talks with allies...

Merkel goes all out for Laschet as party lags in polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday lauded her party's candidate Armin Laschet as the best choice to succeed her, as polls showed the...

Tessa Ganserer fights for trans rights in German election run

In 2018, Tessa Ganserer made history as the first openly transgender woman to serve in a German state assembly.

Blinken heads to Qatar on Afghan crisis mission

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed Sunday to Qatar on his first trip since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as he seeks a united...

Blinken, Austin to meet allies on Afghan crisis trip

The US diplomatic and defense chiefs on Friday announced travel next week to Qatar and other allies on the Afghanistan crisis as they strive...

Merkel tours German flood zone to drum up party support

German Chancellor Angela Merkel returned Friday to the scene of deadly flooding in the west of the country in a bid to shore up support for her...

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