Angela Merkeli

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was first elected in 2005, making her the longest-serving leader in the European Union. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union, is the major party of the country's centre-right, although the nature of German politics means coalition governments are common. In leading her party to three election victories, Merkel has developed a reputation for pragmatism and resolute but low-key leadership. Within Europe, she has been a committed proponent of greater integration and cooperation, while also emerging as one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most staunch geopolitical opponents. Perhaps the greatest test of her leadership came during the European refugee crisis, when she elected to open Germany's borders, despite significant backlash. Upon Donald Trump's election as US president, many of trump's critics suggested Merkel had become the new "leader of the free world".


Europe’s largest economy will turn off its last three nuclear reactors on Saturday, even as it seeks to wean itself off fossil fuels and manage an energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said Western powers are not ‘uninvolved bystanders who had no role to play’ in the ongoing conflict, citing the West’s decision to expand Nato, as an example.


Organisers said former German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed political courage in welcoming refugees who had fled conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

Critics have long portrayed Christine Lambrecht as out of her depth but Chancellor Olaf Scholz stood by her, describing her last month as ‘a first-class defence minister’.

Compromise decision by Olaf Scholz cabinet follows controversy at home exposing divisions on China policy and EU warnings on strong Beijing ties.


Ex-chancellor awarded prestigious Nansen Refugee Award for showing what could be achieved when politicians act supportively and work on solutions to world’s challenges.

The motion enjoys the support of four of the biggest parties in the European Parliament, meaning it appears likely to succeed in Thursday’s vote.


Germany is still a go-to destination for Chinese firms looking to acquire hi-tech goods, but broader tensions between Beijing and Europe are clouding the investment outlook.


Chancellor Olaf Scholz, noting the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis, called Steinmeier the ‘right president at exactly the right time’.

The new leader vows to do more to modernise the country and bring new energy as a three-party progressive alliance with the Greens and Free Democrats.

The outgoing chancellor said the new Omicron variant appeared to be more infectious and Germans must take the virus seriously, as 64,510 new daily cases were reported.