Germany is inching closer toward forming a new government. The Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz narrowly voted on Sunday to start talks with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
If talks go well, Merkel could begin her fourth term as Chancellor by April.
In this edition of the Brief from Brussels: The EU said to be “fundamental” to Germany coalition talks; and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage meets
The CDU-CSU are in preliminary talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) in what some are labelling a last chance to form a stable coalition in Germany.
The centre-left party has given the green light for the start of negotiations with Chancellor Merkel's conservatives, as leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned speech calling for a United States of Europe 'by 2025'
"We have a lot of options for building a government," says Martin Schulz.
Angela Merkel has reached out to the Social Democrats in a bid to create a new coalition without calling fresh elections.
Key ally of Chancellor Merkel urges SPD to change mind to ensure stable government after collapse of coalition talks
Germany is potentially facing months of tough coalition talks.
What did we learn from the country's election on Sunday?
Germen SPD supporters look to the future and vow to rebuild while in opposition
"A bitter and difficult day" - Martin Schulz after SPD's worst result since 1940s
Germany’s candidates campaign for one final time, as polls suggest a third of the electorate is still undecided over who to vote for in Sunday's general election.
Martin Schulz reaches out to undecided voters in massive Berlin rally
These young people are campaigning outside a shopping mall in the Neukölln district of Berlin.
When Martin Schulz was nominated by Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) in March to run against conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, everything looked possible.
The Leader of the Social Democratic Party is looking to make up ground on Chancellor Angela Merkel, who sits ten points ahead in the polls going into Sunday's federal election.
It has so far been a quiet run-up to the upcoming federal vote for the chancellor.
German election candidate Martin Schulz has said the European Union (EU) must not fear Turkey as the politician stepped up his war of words with
Some felt stabbed in the back when Social Democrat Martin Schulz said that if he became Germany's next chancellor, he would "fight" to halt Turkey's formal EU accession talks, which started in 2005.
Germany and Turkey have been at odds over Ankara’s crackdown on dissent since last year's failed coup.
Merkel and Schulz clash over migrant crisis in election TV debate
Germany's SPD leader takes hard line on President Erdogan of Turkey.
The voter survey indicates that nearly half of Germans are still undecided ahead of the September 24 election
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Budapest would defend Poland as the European Union threatens Warsaw with sanctions
Sunday's triumph in North Rhine-Westphalia marked the third regional victory this year for Merkel's Christian Democrats, a strong sign that she has regained her popularity.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a decisive victory over their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals in a vote in Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday.