• A man with a tie in German national colours wears a pin of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) during the state election Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Schwerin, Germany, September 4, 2016
    Last update: 15:57 22.12.2017
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    German Foreign Minister Warns Against Forming Minority Government

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Friday warned against forming a minority government in Germany, suggesting that it might cause an "earthquake" in Europe.

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  • Martin Schulz, top candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) for the upcoming federal election, gives a speech during an election rally in Hamburg, Germany, August 31, 2017
    Last update: 15:24 07.12.2017
    15:24 07.12.2017

    Changing Tides: Martin Shultz to Push SPD Towards Grand Coalition With Merkel

    The move comes as Germany struggles with a major political crisis that may undermine its status as Europe's leading power.

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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group at the Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2017
    Last update: 18:35 21.11.2017
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    Little Trouble in Big Bundestag: Sputnik's Guide to Merkel's Coalition Fiasco

    For the past couple of days, Germany has experienced an unprecedented level of political turmoil that has seen the collapse of Angela Merkel's efforts to form a ruling coalitional government, even putting the Iron Frau's fourth term as Chancellor at risk.

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  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble addresses the media after a meeting of EU economy and finance ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
    Last update: 18:03 27.09.2017
    18:03 27.09.2017

    Germany's Veteran Finance Minister Schauble Tipped to Become Bundestag President

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has reportedly been asked by Angela Merkel to become Bundestag President. Merkel's expected coalition partners have already expressed interest in Schaeuble's job at the finance ministry.

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  • Workers remove an election campaign billboards showing Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party SPD leader and top candidate Martin Schulz, the day after the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany September 25, 2017
    Last update: 11:41 27.09.2017
    11:41 27.09.2017

    Twilight of the Rivals: Why Support for Germany's Main Political Parties is Waning

    Germany's federal election on Sunday revealed a decline in support for the two centrist parties which have taken turns ruling the Federal Republic since its establishment in the 1940s. Sputnik spoke with experts on Germany, who addressed the possible reasons for such a phenomenon.

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  • AfD board members celebrate with baloons during the election party of the nationalist 'Alternative for Germany', AfD, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after the polling stations for the German parliament elections had been closed
    Last update: 17:10 26.09.2017
    17:10 26.09.2017

    People Voted for Germany's AfD 'in Protest Against Other Parties'

    The German federal election turned out to be historic: for the first time since 1950 six parties have won seats in the parliament and for the first time since the end of World War II a right-wing party has entered the Bundestag, coming third with 12.6 percent of votes. German historian Dr. Jochen Staadt explained the people's choice to Sputnik.

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  • Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the CDU party headquarters, a day after the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany September 25, 2017
    Last update: 14:33 26.09.2017
    14:33 26.09.2017

    Putin Congratulates Merkel on Victory in Bundestag Elections

    Russian President Vladimir Putin talked by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, congratulating the German leader on her election success and confirming readiness to continue mutually beneficial cooperation.

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  • Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) leaves a news conference in Berlin, Germany
    Last update: 13:39 26.09.2017
    13:39 26.09.2017

    AfD Leader Frauke Petry Announces Decision to Resign After Election Success

    The leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Frauke Petry, announced on Tuesday the decision to resign from her post after the party had won over 12 percent of votes in the German general election, German media reported.

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  • From left to right: Flags of Germany, Russia and the EU
    Last update: 21:53 25.09.2017
    21:53 25.09.2017

    Russia Hopes New German Government to Focus on Restoration of Bilateral Ties

    Russia hopes that new German government will remain focused on restoration of political dialogue and mutual trust between the two states, Russian Ambassador to Germany Vladimir Grinin told Sputnik on Monday.

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  • People in traditional Bavarian costumes vote in the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Munich, Germany, September 24, 2017
    Last update: 21:06 25.09.2017
    21:06 25.09.2017

    'Stability and Statehood': Russians in Germany Prefer Right-Wing Political Camp

    Representatives of Russian Germans living in Berlin told Sputnik they voted at Sunday's parliamentary election for conservative right and center-right parties, namely the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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  • Supporters of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident movement
    Last update: 19:44 25.09.2017
    19:44 25.09.2017

    Pegida Holding Rally in Dresden Following AfD's Success (VIDEO)

    Supporters of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) are holding a rally in the German city of Dresden - a day after the historic success of the right-wing Alternative fur Deutschland party which came third with 12.6 percent of the vote.

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  • A man holds a banner reading Solidarity instead of Racism as police blocks demonstrators protesting against the nationalist 'Alternative for Germany', AfD, party in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after the polling stations for the German parliament elections had been closed
    Last update: 19:03 25.09.2017
    19:03 25.09.2017

    Alternative for Germany Accuses Mainstream Parties of Organizing Post-Election Protests

    The post-election protests in Berlin against the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is set to enter the parliament for the first time, were likely organized by one or several mainstream parties, AfD member Albert Breininger told Sputnik Monday.

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  • A balloon of the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) party can be seen during an election party in Berlin on March 13, 2016.
    Last update: 17:08 25.09.2017
    17:08 25.09.2017

    Rise of Political Right in Germany Spurs Structural Reform Expectations

    The Alternative for Germany (AfD) was triumphant in this past weekend’s election, supporting the expectations of economic reform, and a rebalancing in the nation’s domestic and foreign policies.

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  • Christian Lindner of the Free Democratic party FDP
    Last update: 16:21 25.09.2017
    16:21 25.09.2017

    German Free Democrats' Leader Wants Russia Back in G8 If Moscow Changes Policies

    Christian Lindner, the leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) that has got 10.7 percent in Sunday's general election, has called for the resumption of the dialogue with Russia in the G8 format to check if Moscow is ready to change policies.

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  • Social Demoratic Party top candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, speaks at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 one day after the parliament elections
    Last update: 15:13 25.09.2017
    15:13 25.09.2017

    Schulz Holds Press Conference After His SPD Comes Second in German Vote (VIDEO)

    The leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, held a presser after winning 20.5% votes in the general election on Sunday.

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  • Activists protest with an elephant for plebiscites in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017
    Last update: 14:47 25.09.2017
    14:47 25.09.2017

    Elephants for Democracy: Berliners Bemused by Pro-Referendum Demo (VIDEO)

    A group of activists - and an elephant - have launched a campaign calling for national referendums to be held before big political decisions are made.

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  • Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the CDU party headquarters, a day after the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany September 25, 2017
    Last update: 14:35 25.09.2017
    14:35 25.09.2017

    Merkel: AfD Will Not Have Influence on Germany's Future Europe Policy (VIDEO)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a press conference after her bloc CDU/CSU won the parliamentary election.

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  • Brochures, showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) are seen during an election rally for the upcoming federal elections in Gelnhausen, near Frankfurt, Germany August 14, 2017
    Last update: 14:29 25.09.2017
    14:29 25.09.2017

    Putin to Give His Assessment to German Elections After Consideration

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will give any comments on the German federal election results after results are summed up, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

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  • Workers remove an election campaign billboards showing Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party SPD leader and top candidate Martin Schulz, the day after the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany September 25, 2017
    Last update: 13:37 25.09.2017
    13:37 25.09.2017

    Germany Reacts to Historic Kicking Given to Main Parties in General Election

    Germany's elections have send shockwaves through the political establishment as the main parties recorded their worst results since the immediate postwar era.

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  • Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD), and AfD leader Joerg Meuthen sing at the end of the second day of the AfD congress in Stuttgart, Germany, May 1, 2016.
    Last update: 13:32 25.09.2017
    13:32 25.09.2017

    AfD Praises Election Success, Ready to Work on Lifting Anti-Russia Sanctions

    The Alternative for Germany (AfD), which came third in the general election in Germany on Sunday, is not going to form a coalition with any political party in the Bundestag but is ready to work with The Left Party to remove anti-Russian sanctions, the co-chairpersons of the party said on Monday.

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