German federal election 2017

Germany's Merkel wins first election-year test in decisive state poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party scored a convincing victory over their centre-left rivals in a state poll Sunday seen as the first test ahead of national elections.

Germany's Schulz: EU misconduct charges politically motivated

Allegations that former European Parliament president and current German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz abused his EU position are politically motivated, Schulz told the weekly Bild am Sonntag in comments published Sunday.

Schulz, hoping to unseat Merkel, gets unanimous backing as SPD leader

Martin Schulz, who will challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel in September national elections, was confirmed leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday by unanimous vote at a party congress in Berlin.

German Green Party's election platform focuses on climate, families

Germany's Green Party announced Friday that it will run on a platform of combating climate change, protecting the environment and enacting family-friendly social policies in this year's parliamentary elections.

US Congress hears warning of Russian election meddling in Europe

Estonian ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, whose government withstood a suspected Russian cyberattack a decade ago, warned Thursday that major European elections will be the "main battlefield for the next year" of online warfare.

Fewer migrants and a burqa ban: Germany's AfD releases manifesto

The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) released a draft election manifesto on Thursday, with calls for "negative immigration" and a public ban on headscarves.

Germany warns Russia not to tamper with German elections

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns Russia not to tamper with the upcoming German parliamentary elections in September, following accusations of Russian tampering in the US presidential election.

SPD's Schulz pledges equal number of men and women in future cabinet

Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in September's general election, plans to appoint a equal number of female and male cabinet members if he heads the new government.

Germany's Merkel picked as party's top candidate for September polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was nominated on Saturday as her party's top candidate for the September 24 elections.

Germany's Schulz accepts only 'small' role in party's poll boost

The main rival to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in this year's elections has said the boost in opinion polls for his Social Democrats (SPD) is not mainly down to him personally.

Merkel calls for fewer EU regulations as nationalist sentiments grow

As voters in the Netherlands, France and Germany show increasing support for nationalist, euro-sceptic political movements ahead of this year's elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for limits on EU regulations.

EU anti-fraud office eyeing claims against Merkel challenger Schulz

Martin Schulz's time as European Parliament president could become the subject of a probe by EU's anti-fraud office it emerged on Thursday.

Pollster: Trump presidency is causing Germany's AfD to lose support

A prominent German pollster said Wednesday that the "chaotic" leadership of US President Donald Trump has caused an electoral decline for Germany's right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Schulz's SPD surges past CDU for first time in decade, survey shows

The German centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) for the first time in a decade, according to a German survey published on Sunday.

Germany's SPD surges to four-year poll record after Schulz takeover

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have surged to a four-year poll record after former European Parliament chief Martin Schulz took over the party leadership to run in the September election, according to data released Wednesday.

German conservatives unite behind Merkel as Social Democrats surge

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives rallied behind her bid for a fourth term as German leader on Monday, laying aside months of disunity to help head off a surge in support for the rival Social Democrats (SPD).

German far-right party leader to fight election with baby by her side

Frauke Petry, the pregnant leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, plans to take her baby on the campaign trail for this year's general election.

Ex-EU Parliament chief Schulz to challenge Merkel in German elections

Former EU Parliament president Martin Schulz is set to lead Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) into battle against Chancellor Angela Merkel in national elections later this year, after being nominated by his party's executive committee.

Gabriel proposes Schulz as the centre-left SPD's challenger to Merkel

German Social Democrat (SPD) chief Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday he will not lead his centre-left party's challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election.

Eyeing election, Merkel party pushes for criminalization of fake news

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are pushing for the criminalization of fake news, local media reported Tuesday, as Germany's political establishment anticipates the effect such stories might have on federal elections next year.

Merkel faces toughest challenge yet as she looks to win fourth term

Germany's conservatives are set to back Angela Merkel next week for a fourth term as leader of Europe's biggest economy. But will she have the political authority to confront the challenges facing Germany both at home and abroad?

Berlin spy chief warns Russian hackers could disrupt German elections

Germany's new spy chief warned on Tuesday of the threat posed to next year's general elections by Russian hackers as well as disinformation internet campaigns.

Merkel's Bavarian ally demands refugee limit as elections loom

The leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) has made continuing support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) dependent on the creation of an annual limit of 200,000 refugees entering Germany.

Merkel announces bid for fourth term in "difficult times"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced late Sunday that she will run for a fourth term in office in general elections next year in order "to serve Germany ... in these difficult and uncertain times."