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Climate laws blocked by Bundesrat in bid to renegotiate deal

Parts of the climate package must be renegotiated in the Conciliation Committee of Bundestag and Bundesrat. Among other things, the Upper House...

German Army involvement in fight against ISIS ruled constitutional

The Bundeswehr supports the fight against ISIS with military trainers and reconnaissance aircraft - an activity with which the Federal Constitutional Court...

At the crossroads: Why Germany needs Martin Schulz and the Ampel...

The countdown to election day is finally drawing to a close; on Sunday, the 25th, the long-winded and spectacularly unspectacular "Wahlkampf" will end. Some...

Cabinet to lower healthcare contributions for company pensioners

Up until now, pensioners have had to contribute 15% of their company pensions to the public health insurance fund. According to a...

State elections in East Germany: a pyrrhic victory over the far...

State elections in the East German states of Saxonia and Brandenburg this Sunday yielded what can only be described as a new...

Northern states ring alarm bells on wind energy

The northern German states fear for the future of the wind power industry. In a joint letter to Chancellor Merkel, they warn...

Less Islamist extremists posing threat to national security, Home Office says

Police classify less Islamist extremists as a potential threat to public safety. In concrete terms, the number fell from 748 nationwide to...

Cataluña: A constitutional crisis and no end in sight

After half a year of full-on constitutional crisis in Spain, the results are sobering and give little hope for constructive progress, let alone a...

Green light for ‘Kenya’ coalition in Brandenburg

The formation of a new government coalition in Brandenburg get its go-ahead: After SPD and CDU, the Greens have approved the formation...

Factsheet: Federal election results 2017

CDUChristlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Christian Democrats)26,8 %(2013: 34,1 %)SPDSozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democrats)20,5 %(2013: 25,7 %)AfDAlternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany)12,6 %(2013:...