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    1. December 17, 2014

      German businesses face inheritance tax shake-up

      Germany must overhaul rules that grant sweeping inheritance tax exemptions to beneficiaries of family-owned corporate...

    2. December 9, 2014

      Merkel eyes relief for German taxpayers

      German chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to an easing of the tax burden before the next election in a rare...

    1. December 9, 2014

      Dresden protest reveals rising anger in Germany over immigration

      A march in Dresden that drew 10,000 people has capped a winter of anti-immigration demonstrations in Germany’s cities and...

    2. December 9, 2014

      Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

      I n 2014, we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of first world war and the 25th anniversary of the fall of...

    3. December 7, 2014

      Merkel accuses Putin of ‘creating problems’

      German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a sweeping criticism of President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, warning...

    4. December 7, 2014

      Political upstart challenges Germany’s greying leaders

      Jens Spahn is known in Germany as a young politician in a hurry. This week he plans to use the annual party conference of...

    5. December 3, 2014

      The German club of Putin understanders

      Wolfgang Gehrcke is what Germans call a “Putin Versteher”. Literally an “understander” of the Russian president and, in...

    6. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    7. November 27, 2014

      Germany acts to counter Russia’s Balkan designs

      Germany is stepping up its engagement in the Balkans amid concerns Russia is seeking to reassert itself beyond Ukraine and...

    8. November 27, 2014

      Why splitting the atom breaks Germany’s rational rules

      After the catastrophe that led to its genesis, postwar Germany learnt many lessons. The two virtues it seems to have...

    9. November 27, 2014

      Germany’s far-left Linke party poised to govern

      The wooded hills of Thuringia are an unlikely base from which to launch a leftwing revolution. The central German state has...

    10. November 26, 2014

      Merkel offers Russia trade talks olive branch

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for trade talks between the EU and a Russia-led economic bloc as a way...

    11. November 25, 2014

      The growing absurdity of German energy policy

      At a time of mounting concern about climate change, governments are under pressure to introduce renewable sources of energy...

    12. November 24, 2014

      Q&A: Germany’s Energiewende

      Last month, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice-chancellor, warned Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven that there would be...

    13. November 10, 2014

      Germany’s performance since the Berlin Wall came down

      When I hitched a lift across east Germany with one of the roadies for Roger Waters’ The Wall concert, enough of the Berlin...

    14. November 6, 2014

      Chemnitz back from brink on its German journey from east to west

      Germany’s oldest machine tool company is thriving. Again. The factory floor at UnionChemnitz’s cavernous plant in eastern...

    15. November 5, 2014

      Heirs to East German communism poised to take charge in Thuringia

      The heirs to East Germany’s Communist rulers are preparing for a return to leadership in one of the reunified country’s...

    16. October 26, 2014

      Germans must show their country can still be a force for freedom

      Twenty-five years ago, Germany and Europe were on the threshold of an appointment with history. In May 1989 President George...

    17. October 26, 2014

      Germany’s left should be brought in from the cold

      Among the most odious of the eastern European communist parties toppled by people power 25 years ago was East Germany’s...

    18. October 19, 2014

      HSH Nordbank braced for impact of ECB assets probe

      The European Central Bank’s investigation of the eurozone’s largest lenders is raising further concerns over the future of...

    19. October 17, 2014

      Icy weather may scupper German drone mission to Ukraine

      Germany may not be able to fulfil its offer to send drones to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as the model of...

    20. October 16, 2014

      Merkel defends fiscal rules as Paris and Rome put growth first

      German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday delivered a tough defence of the eurozone’s fiscal rules, raising tensions with...

    21. October 10, 2014

      Germany needs to fix its economic model

      The world has become used to thinking of Germany as one of the few healthy countries in the eurozone casualty ward. It is a...

    22. October 9, 2014

      Merkel looks to China to mediate with Russia

      Chinese premier Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin with his entire cabinet in tow, in a high-profile display of bilateral harmony...

    23. October 7, 2014

      Berlin holds firm on fiscal rigour despite recession risk

      A spate of bad economic data suggests Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is teetering on the edge of recession. But even if...

    24. September 30, 2014

      Germany under fire over military mishaps

      The German government has been working hard to persuade a reluctant public to back a bigger role on the world stage for its...

    25. September 29, 2014

      European Commission head curbs Pierre Moscovici’s proposed powers

      The Frenchman nominated to be Europe’s next economics commissioner has had his authority to review national budgets curbed....

    26. September 29, 2014

      Federalism fit for a kingdom

      The outcome of the Scottish referendum has left Britain’s political establishment in a state of alarm and confusion....

    27. September 28, 2014

      Germany’s eurosceptics sow the seeds of turmoil

      Should we be worried by the Alternative for Germany? In federal elections held last year barely six months after the...

    28. September 16, 2014

      CDU party jitters as moderate Angela Merkel outflanked by eurosceptics

      For more than a year Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has responded to the rise of the eurosceptic Alternative for...

    29. September 14, 2014

      Germany’s anti-euro AfD extends its electoral gains

      Germany’s eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland looks set to extend its recent run of electoral successes by winning seats...

    30. September 1, 2014

      Working pensioners offer Germany a boost

      Christian Gerloff’s peers are already enjoying a life of leisure, but the former Daimler training manager saw no reason to...

    31. August 27, 2014

      The German locomotive has become Europe’s liability

      The news that German output declined in the second quarter has dented the country’s economic euphoria, but only a little....

    32. August 27, 2014

      European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

      The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

    33. August 18, 2014

      Berlin on defensive over Turkey spying claims

      When Germany discovered a suspected double agent in the ranks of its foreign intelligence agency this summer, its response...

    34. August 5, 2014

      German diplomacy: Dominant by default

      When they speak on the telephone Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel switch between German and Russian. They are both so fluent...

    35. May 22, 2014

      Germany’s anti-euro party AfD breaks national taboos

      A Berlin poster of Bernd Lucke, leader of Germany’s anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, was last month defaced with...

    36. May 11, 2014

      German utilities and government clash over nuclear ‘bad bank’

      Germany’s nuclear industry is fighting Berlin over a plan to transfer the risks of shutting down facilities to a publicly...

    37. May 7, 2014

      German industry should speak hard truths to Putin

      German industry has been doing business with Russia since the 1850s. Our companies were extending their hands through the...

    38. May 1, 2014

      Ukraine PM warns of ‘most dangerous 10 days’

      Eastern Ukraine: symbols of an uprising Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday his country was entering its “most...

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