British PM Theresa May locked in car as she meets Angela Merkel

British Prime Minister Theresa May is momentarily locked in her car while German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits to welcome her in Berlin. The embattled leader is on a tour of European capitals in a desperate bid to salvage her Brexit deal, a day after delaying a parliamentary vote on the text to avoid a crushing defeat.

May meets Merkel in a bid to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Berlin where she is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The embattled leader is on a tour of European capitals in a desperate bid to salvage her Brexit deal, a day after delaying a parliamentary vote on the text to avoid a crushing defeat. IMAGES

German rail workers protest wearing yellow vests

At Nuremberg main station, about 50 railway workers from the union EVG are demonstrating, wearing yellow vests. All main railway lines in Germany are disrupted due to a strike by rail workers to press their claim in wage negotiations, operator Deutsche Bahn says. IMAGES

‘The King’ of the road: German town puts Elvis on traffic lights

Cross the road, it’s now or never. Or that’s what residents in the German town of Friedberg may start humming when their traffic light jumps to green to reveal a hip-swivelling Elvis Presley.

Germany: Kramp-Karrenbauer elected new CDU chief

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a close ally of Angela Merkel, won a tight race to succeed her as party leader Friday, seeing off a longtime rival of the German chancellor. IMAGES

Tearful CDU members give Merkel standing ovation

CDU delegates, some with tears in their eyes, applaud German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the veteran leader prepares to hand over the reins of her Christian Democratic Union after nearly two decades, with the fate of the divided party up for grabs between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival.

What Angela Merkel Stepping Down Means For Germany (HBO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down as leader of her party – marking the beginning of the end for a four-term ruler whose politics have defined Europe but divided her country.

Merkel’s 18 years at the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and 13 years as chancellor have seen Germany transformed into an economic and diplomatic force. The leader known as Germany’s “mother” became the chief powerbroker of the European Union.

But her decision to allow in more than a million migrants during the peak of the 2015 crisis spawned the rise of far-right movements and crushed poll results for mainstream parties, including her own.

She’s also faced criticism for failing to heal the divide between the former Communist east of the country, where incomes and pensions remain lower some 31 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Public demonstrations by movements on the far-left and far-right are once again a daily reality in Germany.

“There is now an invisible wall. Before it was made of bricks and mortar. And now there is a new divide in our country,” said Winfried Wenzel, a retired engineer who once marched against Communism and now marches against Merkel.

“We are very disappointed in Mrs Merkel. She didn’t listen to the people.”

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