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Germany's SPD climbs in polls after welfare rethink

Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has hit its highest level in almost six months, a poll showed on Sunday, a week after the centre-left party outlined new welfare plans aimed at winning back working class voters.

'Black eye' for German economy as it flirts with recession

Germany's economy stalled in the final quarter of last year, just skirting recession as fallout from global trade disputes and Brexit put the brakes on a decade of expansion amid signs that exports will stay subdued for the time being.

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