A mark of the success of German Reunification is the triumph of East German politicians, amongst them federal president Joachim Gauck, a former pastor from Rostock on the Baltic Coast – and, of course Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005.
The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, wants Martin Schulz to run for chancellor. But to date, the former European Parliament president has not been very active in German national politics.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged extra money for the world's top refugee and migrant advocates. While far fewer asylum seekers are now reaching Germany, new fronts in Europe's migration crisis are opening.
Disgraced former German President Christian Wulff faced a new barrage of criticism after it emerged that he had taken a job for a Turkish fashion store. He already receives a six-figure salary from the German state.
Helmut Kohl wanted a European Germany, not a German Europe. It was a theme touched on by all the funeral orators at the memorial service for the former German chancellor. DW's Bernd Riegert reports from Strasbourg.
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