• FILE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 10 January 2019. Picture: AFP

    Final vote test in Germany ahead of post-Merkel-era election

    Saxony-Anhalt is one of Germany's smallest states with a population of just 2.2 million, but with Merkel's Christian Democratic Union running neck-and-neck with the far-right AfD there, the stakes could not be higher for the regional vote.

  • This videograb taken from German TV channel ARD on 18 March 2020 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the nation on the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 at the Chancellery in Berlin. Picture: AFP

    Merkel urges US to export Covid vaccines

    "Now that a further part of the American population has been vaccinated, I hope that we can come to a free exchange of components and an opening of the market for vaccines," she said, adding the EU has exported a big chunk of jabs made in the bloc and that should "be the rule".

  • This videograb taken from German TV channel ARD on 18 March 2020 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the nation on the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 at the Chancellery in Berlin. Picture: AFP

    Germany pulls strict Easter virus shutdown amid backlash

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states had agreed at marathon talks on Monday that almost all shops were to be closed on 1-5 April, with only grocers allowed to open on Saturday, 3 April.

  • FILE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the Reichstag housing the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) after a meeting with the leadership of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on 14 June 2018 in Berlin. Picture: AFP

    Merkel seeks Covid restrictions extension into April

    The restrictions would be prolonged until a yet-to-be-determined date in April due to the high rate of infections at present, which are being "accelerated by COVID-19 variants", the document said.