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The new administration of President Donald Trump is pushing for its European allies to increase their defence budgets.
When in 2013 a group of professors of economics founded Alternative for Germany (AfD) it seemed that the name of the new grouping was exaggerated.
Three polls conducted since Martin Schulz was chosen as the SPD’s candidate for chancellor suggest that this choice has significantly boosted support for this party.
Germany’s Federal Assembly will elect Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) as president on 12 February. He will replace Joachim Gauck.
On 27 January, deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who had up till then served as the minister for the economy, was nominated minister of foreign affairs.