Good news for Chancellor Merkel. The Finance Ministry, under Wolfgang Schäuble, announced net borrowing is set to be the lowest in 40 years. Germany's revised budget outline for 2014 reaffirms her goal of a structural balanced budget.
Germany and the US remain allies, but Donald Trump's failure to endorse the G7 communique is the latest in a string of recent disagreements on key policies. DW takes a look at the most contentious issues.
This legislative term's first open session began with an incendiary speech by the far-right populist AfD. But the chancellor refused to take the bait, offering a detail-heavy defense of her government's proposed budget.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants billions of euros more for the German army than current budget plans foresee, a newspaper has reported. Her ministry has stressed the need to catch up and modernize equipment.
The German government is starting an initiative aimed at reinforcing its citizens' support for the European Union. But is increasing dialogue the right way to combat skepticism about the bloc?
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