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AfD leader Petry causes storm by announcing split from parliamentary party

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry walked out of a party press conference on Monday after announcing that she would not join the party faction in the Bundestag (German parliament).

Lufthansa and EasyJet nose ahead in race to carve up Air Berlin

Insolvent Air Berlin will decide Monday on the future of its 140 aircraft and 8,000 employees, with Lufthansa, EasyJet and Condor favourites to divide the spoils of the German airline.

Berliners vote to keep Tegel airport open

Berliners have voted to keep open the Cold War-era city airport Tegel, threatening political turbulence in the German capital and more trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel after a bruising election victory.

Merkel faces tricky coalition talks after 'nightmare' election victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up on Monday to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.

Social Democrats in turmoil after historic election loss

The defeat Sunday of German Social Democrat Martin Schulz at the hands of Chancellor Angela Merkel is his party's worst loss since World War II and another blow for Europe's centre-left.

Far-right AfD marches into parliament with strong election result

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) Sunday became the first hard-right, openly anti-immigration party to enter parliament with so many seats since World War II, breaking a taboo despite calls to halt "the Nazis" in their tracks.

AS IT HAPPENED: Merkel wins fourth election, as far-right enter German parliament

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party won the national election on Sunday by a clear margin. But they scored their worst result in almost 70 years, as the AfD had a night to remember.

Protesters occupy legendary Berlin theatre

Berlin's legendary Volksbuehne theatre has been occupied by a group of protesters objecting to a new director who they fear will push the famously radical venue into a more commercial direction.

Facts and figures about Germany as the country goes to the polls

Germany, which is holding a general election on Sunday, is Europe's biggest economic power and the fourth largest in the world after the United States, China and Japan.

Martin Schulz, luckless challenger 'shadow-boxing' Merkel

A high-school dropout who grafted his way into the EU corridors of power, Germany's Martin Schulz is used to battling the odds. But taking on Angela Merkel may be his most unenviable challenge yet.

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Germans voted in a general election on Sunday expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term while the hard-right nationalist AfD party is tipped to make history by winning its first seats in the national parliament.

'Bring home the bacon,' Merkel tells voters on eve of poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rival Martin Schulz rallied voters on the eve of Sunday's vote, urging Germans to shun the first hard-right party expected to enter parliament in force since the end of World War II.

Six numbers to watch for in Germany's polls

As Germany heads to the polls on Sunday, here are six numbers to watch for - from pints to percentages and parliamentary debuts.

Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terror

Forty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy.

Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English

With so many voters apparently still undecided about who to pick on Sunday, parties have taken to advertizing in several languages, desperate for every vote they can get.

Axe man in Düsseldorf attack committed to psychiatric ward

A German court on Friday committed to a psychiatric ward a 37-year-old Kosovo man diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic who wounded nine people in an axe rampage.

Germany tightens road laws in response to reckless and selfish driving

The Bundesrat (German upper house of parliament) signed off on laws on Friday which impose far harsher punishments on reckless driving. The government has cited road racing and impeding emergency services as causes for the tougher laws.

German justice handed 27,000 images of 'torture and killings by Assad regime'

More than 27,000 images of torture and killings allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime in Syria have been handed to German prosecutors who are investigating possible abuses, a rights group said on Friday.

Woman injured in fall from Hamburg Bismarck statue as musical stunt goes wrong

A publicity stunt for the Kinky Boots musical almost turned deadly when an artist lost her grip and fell off the Bismarck Monument in Hamburg while attempting to promote the show.

Berlin expels second Vietnamese diplomat in row over Berlin park kidnapping

Germany said Friday it had expelled a second Vietnamese diplomat over what it calls the brazen kidnapping by Hanoi agents of a fugitive state company official in Berlin.