Angela Merkel

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Chat group leak reveals far-right fantasies of Germany’s AfD
Among tens of thousands of posts is talk of jailing Angela Merkel, calls for armed resistance, and homophobia

Kate Connolly in Berlin

20, May, 2022 @12:59 PM

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The Observer view on the French presidential election | Observer editorial
A Marine Le Pen victory would be disastrous for France and the whole of Europe

Observer editorial

17, Apr, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Germany must shake off its torpor and play its full role against Putin | Simon Tisdall
Only the boldest leadership can unite the EU against the delusional tyrant in Moscow. The German chancellor has the chance to provide it

Simon Tisdall

10, Apr, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Germany agonises over Merkel’s legacy: did she hand too much power to Putin?
The war in Ukraine has prompted criticism of former chancellor’s decisions on Nord Stream pipeline and Russia

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

05, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Nothing like a dame: Trump tops 2021’s cast of clowns and baddies
This year’s political pantomime served up a rich cast of characters, with The Donald providing the laughs and (guess who?) Xi Jinping as the baddest baddie of them all (Oh yes he is!)

Simon Tisdall

26, Dec, 2021 @7:45 AM

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Olaf Scholz elected to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor
Former Hamburg mayor secures 395 of 736 delegates’ ballots in parliamentary vote

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

08, Dec, 2021 @1:33 PM

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After 16 years at the top of German politics, what now for Angela Merkel?
While Merkel has said she has no particular plans, doing nothing doesn’t seem a realistic prospect for the outgoing chancellor

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

08, Dec, 2021 @10:34 AM

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Olaf Scholz to be voted in as German chancellor as Merkel era ends
Scholz to lead coalition government after agreement was signed by party leaders on Tuesday

Jennifer Rankin and agencies

08, Dec, 2021 @5:00 AM

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New faces, policies – and accents: Germany’s next coalition
Olaf Scholz takes over from Angela Merkel and brings with him a northern accent typical of Hamburg

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

07, Dec, 2021 @5:01 PM

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Angela Merkel bows out to the sound of Beethoven and an East German pop hit
Military band in Berlin honours departing chancellor of 16 years, who hands over to Olaf Scholz next week

Philip Oltermann in Berlin and Jennifer Rankin

02, Dec, 2021 @9:31 PM

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Germany: mandatory Covid jabs a step closer as unvaccinated face lockdown
Merkel backs compulsory jabs and says ‘act of national solidarity’ required

Jon Henley Europe correspondent

02, Dec, 2021 @5:01 PM

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Angela Merkel to bow out with ceremony live on German TV
Military tattoo to be held in chancellor’s honour on Thursday but formal handover of power not expected until next week

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

02, Dec, 2021 @5:00 AM

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