Germany

Like it or not, the far right is heading for Germany’s Bundestag

The AfD party has become increasingly nasty – and more popular too. That nationalists will have a voice in the German parliament once again is disturbing<p>On the face of it, Sunday’s general election will be the most boring in Germany’s history. The only question seems to be: will chancellor Angela …

Opinion

Iraqi refugees turn in thousands of euros found on Berlin subway

A refugee family living in a shelter has given Berlin police a bag containing fourteen thousand euros found on the U-Bahn. The elderly owner had …

World News

Angela Merkel's latest election weapon: Posters of herself as a child

Days before Germany votes in national elections, Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat party (CDU) has unveiled a new weapon - a picture of the chancellor as a child.<p>The party's latest campaign posters feature a photograph of Mrs Merkel as a smiling three-year-old. The slogan reads: “For a Germany …

Angela Merkel

Germany’s ‘Boring’ Election Is a Victory for the Right

BERLIN — Compared with Donald Trump’s victory, the Brexit vote or even Marine Le Pen’s presidential bid in France, the results of Germany’s Sept. 24 election will be reassuringly boring. Chancellor Angela Merkel looks poised to continue her 12-year tenure. In the latest polls, her center-right …

Opinion

Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel

Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor’s record on environmental policy has been a disaster<p>Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of …

Opinion

People Think This Quote Perfectly Shows How We Have Not Learnt From History

"One must not wait till the snowball has become an avalanche."<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

World News

German Election Shaken Up by Thyssenkrupp-Tata Deal

Just four days before Germans head to the polls, the prospect of job cuts at one of the country’s most iconic companies has galvanized political …

German Government Supports New Definition of Anti-Semitism

Berlin (AP) -- The German government has given its backing to a new definition of anti-Semitism intended to inform the work of schools, police and …

Business

The surprising German enclaves around the world that also celebrate Oktoberfest

It’s not just Germany that will be chugging steins of beer with gusto during Oktoberfest. From Canada to Namibia, expat communities around the world will be raising a glass to the feted festival of beer this month. After all, German enclaves crop up in the most unlikely places…<p>1. Kitchener, …

German History

Kiran Nagarkar: The whole world needs Angela Merkel

How is the German election viewed from 2,500 miles away? In a world plagued with instability, acclaimed Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar wishes Angela …

World News

Election may reflect Germany's management of migrant influx

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel adopted a mantra when citizens questioned her decision to open the country to refugees fleeing wars: "We'll manage." She kept repeating it as the lines at immigration offices circled city blocks, school gyms turned into temporary housing and …

World News

Berlin has not received a concrete Brexit settlement offer from Britain - government spokesman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Britain had made no concrete proposal to the German government regarding the amount of money it was willing to pay in settlement …

Brexit

German Election: For Markets, Wages, Not Votes Are What Matter Most

As Europe’s most important economy heads to the polls, economic changes are afoot<p>The big fear at European elections this year has been of radical change. Germany’s vote on Sunday, looks then like a rather dull affair: Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor, albeit perhaps with …

Economy

There are four options for forming a German government next week – here's how they work

German voters are about to go to the polls to elect a new government – except, of course, they won’t. Germany’s proportional electoral system has …

Democracy

AfD's Alice Weidel called German government 'pigs' in racist email

Germany has been "overrun by Arabs, Sinti and Roma" states an email written by the AfD's Alice Weidel. If real, the email has sullied Weidel's image …

World News

Autobahn row hits German election: 'we're selling it off like a second-hand car'

Public-private partnerships deals under Merkel have become big issue as parties debate how best to renew infrastructure<p>Germany’s autobahn has for decades served as a monument to the country’s proud history of planning and engineering, its “grey track, white stripes, green edge” memorialised in song …

Greece

Hito Steyerl, Rosemarie Trockel, and Other Artists Protest Arms Manufacturer’s Sponsorship of Landmark Show in China

Art World<p>The sponsor, Rheinmetall, is reportedly involved in a controversial tank deal with Turkey.<p>,<p>A group of artists participating in a massive …

Art

For many Germans, this election is about refugees

Cultures converge on Sonnenallee, the main thoroughfare of Berlin’s southeastern borough of Neukölln.<p>The German capital’s trademark hipsters, wearing black and sporting tattoos and piercings, duck in and out of craft coffee shops and boutique bistros. A few traditional German pubs are scattered …

Refugees

The Oktoberfest quiz

The 184th edition of Oktoberfest started on September 16 and runs through October 3. Test your knowledge of the traditional fest in Munich with our …

Beer Festivals

Merkel’s Problem: Booming German Economy Is So 20th Century

Germany’s steady economy is a boon for Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks a fourth term on Sunday. Even the diesel-vehicle emissions scandal is …

Business

Rich Germany has an inequality problem. These numbers prove it

Chancellor Angela Merkel is poised for another election victory on Sunday.<p>Merkel can point to strong economic growth and record low unemployment when asking voters for a fourth term. But all is not well in Germany and inequality has increased under her watch.<p>The number of Germans at risk of …

Social Justice

Germany, We Need To Talk About Your Election Posters

There are giant photos of Angela Merkel everywhere and, honestly, it's weird.

World News

DISGUSTING: Keith Ellison Compares Illegal Immigrants To Jews In Nazi Germany

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) issued a rather outlandish and gross analogy on Wednesday in which he compared illegal immigrants in the United States to …

Conservative View

The Cyber Threat To Germany's Elections Is Very Real

Authorities say they’re ready for the worst, but recent attacks suggest otherwise.<p>One afternoon in early September, a small group of journalists, policy makers, and visitors in Berlin gathered for a lunch panel discussion, titled “Who’s hacking the election—how do we stop the attackers?” Hans-Georg …

Cybersecurity

Trump vs Merkel: low-key and pragmatic vs bombastic and impulsive

Washington — The first time Donald Trump met Angela Merkel, pictures of their awkward non-handshake in the Oval Office went around the world — and …

Business (South Africa)

Daily briefing: Trump N Korea threat, Suu Kyi and FT business book

<b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b><p>The US will have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself, Donald Trump said …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Once A Contender, Angela Merkel's Main Rival Stumbles As Election Approaches

In the picturesque German city of Potsdam, a crowd gathers at the main square where a band is playing innocuous '80s covers.<p>The friendly looking musicians on stage attempt to rouse some enthusiasm from those waiting to hear Martin Schulz — the main challenger to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in …

News

[Investigation] The rise of the German alt-right

Her interest in alternative sources of information deepened when her bike was stolen. The theft focused her attention on what she describes as "a big …

European News

Germany crumbles even as it boasts rock-solid finances

Germany may be the global byword for efficiency and business success, but you wouldn't know that from the country's infrastructure: Much of it makes Italy's look robust, and some politicians are finally starting to take notice on their way to the polls Sunday.<p>Take the Leverkusen bridge in Cologne, …

Economics

Germans’ misplaced faith in economic strength

FRANKFURT — When it comes to the economy, most German voters seem content. But they shouldn’t be so complacent, experts warn, as the German economy …

Economics