The SPD's Olaf Scholz is due to be elected chancellor by the Bundestag lower house of parliament and officially take office on Wednesday.
Recent polls show the race for the federal election on September 26 are heating up as current Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party loses popularity for the first time in 15 years.
Amid concerns over the resurgence of coronavirus infections, the German government is committed to lifting the lockdown step by step.
Leaders around the world are wrestling with the dilemma of how to return to normal and kickstart their shattered economies without risking a devastating second wave of infections.
"The approach of not intervening against migrants wishing to leave Turkey remains in practice but this (new) approach covers sea crossings because of the dangers," Turkish coastguard tweeted.
Annegert Kramp-Karrenbauer has given up her post as Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and is no longer seen as a favourite for Germany’s chancellorship after a political scandal in Thuringia.
Violent right-wing extremists have become emboldened to launch vigilante patrols across several neighbourhoods, and the recent attack on terror victim memorials signifies how dangerous they have become for the country's minorities.
After a career breaking glass ceilings to join a tiny global elite, Christine Lagarde will bring experience of cool-headed crisis fighting to her job as first female head of the European Central Bank.
US President Donald Trump's aggressive approach towards NATO doesn't serve its own long-term interests.
Both Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and the SPD are expected to lose support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Brandenburg and Saxony.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pressing them to accept his request to reopen Brexit negotiations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists she's fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021 while condemning US President Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen.
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