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In the evening on 19 December a truck drove into one of the Berlin Christmas markets.
The German chancellor was elected the leader of the CDU, by a clear majority of voters, for the ninth time (in 16 years).
The European Commission published its winter package – a series of legislative proposals regarding the EU energy and climate policies for 2020-2030.
On 25 November, the Bundestag adopted a draft budget; for the fourth time in succession, Germany will not run a budget deficit.
Angela Merkel announced that she would again seek re-election for the office of chancellor as her party’s candidate.
Even now, some time after the election in USA, shock still dominates both the media coverage and the statements by representatives of the political elite.
The Christian Democratic parties have accepted the proposal made by Social Democrats to back Frank-Walter Steinmeier as a candidate for the German presidency.
Lower-ranking politicians in Germany openly expressed their disappointment and concern about the outcome of the election in the USA.
The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe allowed the German minister for the economy to sign CETA on certain conditions.
Berlin fears that the number of refugees from Africa could grow.