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The Social Democratic (SPD) candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz (C) is flanked by the Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock and FDP leader Christian Lindner, following exploratory coalition talks in Berlin. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
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Germany’s likely next coalition sketches out its plans

The three parties likely to form Germany's next government have outlined plans for Europe's biggest economy in an initial coalition agreement, touching on issues such as the minimum wage, taxes and climate protection
The "Pandora Papers" involved a leak of some 11.9 million documents from financial services firms, which were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Photo: Loic Venance / AFP
The "Pandora Papers" involved a leak of ... […]

Offshore companies at the heart of ‘Pandora Papers’

Offshore companies are a lynchpin in the system used by leaders and the ultra-rich to hide assets that was exposed in the leaked documents dubbed the "Pandora Papers". So what are they?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as she arrives to attend a virtual discussion with students about the future of Europe at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 28. Photo: Markus Schreiber / AFP-Pool
German Chancellor Angela Merkel waves as... […]

Key things to know about the German election

In the run-up to a vote that will mark a seismic shift for Europe's biggest economy, the race to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wide open -- as is the question of what the next government will look like
German SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz leaves the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris after meeting French President on September 6, 2021. Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
German SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Sch... […]

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites

By hosting two contenders to succeed Merkel as chancellor, President Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing the outcome of Germany's election and its effect on a crucial EU partnership
Carbon prices need to increase to push polluters to shift to renewable sources, experts say. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP / File
Carbon prices need to increase to push p... […]

Brussels sets stage for battle over emissions cuts

The European Commission is set to unveil a vast package of draft green legislation on Wednesday designed to govern a faster transition to a low carbon economy