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Diplomatic efforts intensify with second call between Angela Merkel and Alexander Lukashenko
Chancellor expresses concern over state of EU at last European summit as German leader
EU leaders back political dialogue alongside further potential sanctions over rule of law violations
European Council organisers sought to steer leaders away from Polish issue
While senior figures forming the new coalition emphasise continuity, some want a less conciliatory foreign policy
The German chancellor stands out among democratic heads of government for not becoming complacent or subject to scandal
Longstanding chancellor accused of neglecting CDU and losing support of party’s rightwing
Lessons learnt from its 20th century history have helped it to avoid the perils of populism
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The German chancellor’s look let her get on with the business of politics
Traditionally dominant SPD and CDU/CSU must woo smaller parties to determine who becomes chancellor
Country heads for long talks over three-way coalition as Laschet insists CDU can also form government
The German chancellor has her faults. But the right question in politics is always to ask ‘compared to what?’
German chancellor tries to sprinkle stardust on preferred successor ahead of Sunday’s poll
Germans are richer, women have more jobs, but the country failed to prepare for a greener, digital future
Chancellor’s departure brings potential for further disputes with France over integration and economic policy
Germany’s finance minister has a handy lead in the polls but some are sceptical and are yet to be convinced about what he would do in government
Germany must shoulder more of the burden of defending an open international system
The outgoing chancellor remains far more popular than those hoping to succeed her
Chancellor uses Bundestag speech to warn of dangers of a leftwing government
As Merkel prepares to step down after almost 16 years in power, what do young Germans make of her legacy?
Laschet, Baerbock and Scholz spar over tackling global warming as race to be chancellor remains too close to call
Armin Laschet’s weakness as CDU candidate has left campaign wide open
CDU’s Laschet under pressure after survey shows centre-left Social Democrats pulling ahead