The coalition government agreed to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen following accusations that he harboured far-right views but the deal unravelled. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also refused demands to dismiss Maassen.
The murder of a German-Cuban man played into the hands of the far-right. But what exactly took place in the east German city and what consequences might this have?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is attempting to end a migration, refugee and asylum row with her conservative allies by holding more talks with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer who has offered to resign.
The lack of clarity from the Bavarian camp over Horst Seehofer's resignation raises questions about the future of Merkel's governing coalition between the CDU-CSU alliance and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).
After nine hours of often stormy talks, EU leaders agreed to take refugees arriving in the bloc on a voluntary basis and create "controlled centres" inside the European Union to process asylum requests.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's ultimatum on migrants but has two weeks to find a solution for influx of migrants ahead of the June 28-29 EU talks.
Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder wants to back the CSU "master plan" on migration but says the party would let Interior Minister Horst Seehofer decide on its implementation.
Hatreds in German society long thought to have been confined to the fringes are gaining ground in mainstream society, with dangerously unpredictable consequences for Muslims.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's words contradict those of former German president Christian Wulff who fuelled a debate over immigration in 2010 by saying Islam was part of Germany.
Four months after the September election that left Europe's largest economy in an unprecedented state of political limbo, Germany's two largest parties are trying to hammer out a deal that will bring an end to the impasse.
After months of wrangling to form a government, a deal was struck between the Germany's two largest parties to form a coalition. However, an SPD congress still has to approve any "grand coalition".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scrambling to prevent a further erosion of her personal authority at home and end months of uncertainty that have started to weaken Germany's international influence.
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