Germany needs to spend more on its roads, but its parties don't agree on where the money should come from. Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, the CSU, have called for a toll on foreign cars - a controversial proposal.
After protracted talks, Angela Merkel's conservatives have made a deal with the Social Democrats for a new coalition contract in Germany. The SPD confirmed this in a message to its members, who will have the final say.
Germany's Interior Ministry is soon to be called the Interior, Construction and Heimat Ministry — giving it a more patriotic air. But what does the new moniker mean? And what policy areas will it be responsible for?
Leaders in Brussels hailed the deal on a new German coalition government as good news for Europe. Martin Schulz, formerly president of the European Parliament, said Berlin would "return to an active and leading" EU role.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading for talks with French President Macron, the man slowly assuming her role as Europe's leading figure. But with a new Franco-German treaty to discuss, both still need each other.
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