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    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...

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    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....

  1. 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....

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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....

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. April 27, 2014

    Germany faces growing band of critics over pension reform

    Germany’s business leaders and their political allies are mounting a last-ditch assault on government proposals to cut the...

  15. March 31, 2014

    Bavaria’s conservatives lose to Social Democrats in Munich

    Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union party failed on Sunday to take advantage of its best chance since the 1970s to...

  16. March 20, 2014

    Germany should be a leader on the world stage

    If someone had asked me a couple of months ago whether Russia was a threat to European stability, I would have dismissed the...

  17. March 18, 2014

    German court rejects EU crisis fund complaints

    Germany’s constitutional court on Tuesday lifted a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the eurozone bailout fund by ruling...

  18. March 13, 2014

    Bayern Munich president sentenced over tax evasion

    Uli Hoeness, president of Bayern Munich football club, has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for evading...

  19. March 13, 2014

    Bundesbank president attacks Angela Merkel’s policies

    The head of Germany’s Bundesbank has attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reform agenda, warning that changes to the labour...

  20. March 5, 2014

    Ukraine crisis tests Berlin’s new ‘culture of engagement’

    German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday faces the first test of a new foreign policy sketched out by her ministers in...

  21. February 12, 2014

    Estranged son must pay father’s care costs, German court rules

    A German man whose father severed ties with him in adulthood must nevertheless pay thousands of euros to cover the costs of...

  22. February 12, 2014

    German eurosceptics aim to capitalise on Swiss immigration vote

    As mainstream German politicians were bemoaning Swiss voters’ surprise move this week to support curbs on EU immigration,...

  23. February 6, 2014

    Bavaria opposes green-energy power lines despite nuclear closure

    An important part of Germany’s ambitious green energy programme has run into opposition from the state of Bavaria, which has...

  24. February 5, 2014

    Germany gets to grips with the role of its armed forces

    Angela Merkel’s government on Wednesday increased Germany’s planned military presence in the troubled African state of Mali...

  25. January 31, 2014

    Merkel coalition partner criticises Schäuble EU bank rescue deal

    Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners have moved to undermine her finance minister’s hard-fought deal on an EU bank...

  26. January 2, 2014

    Lifting of EU immigration restrictions divides German coalition

    Germany’s coalition partners have marked the new year with a dispute over intra-EU immigration sparked by the lifting of...

  27. December 27, 2013

    Germany’s meat industry stirs debate on low pay

    Sorin Pavalache came to Germany two years ago, planning to use a job in the meat trade as a stepping stone to learning the...

  28. December 17, 2013

    Germany’s CDU and Greens strike coalition pact in Hesse region

    Hot on the heels of Angela Merkel, another coalition pact has been struck by party leaders in Hesse, the region centred on...

  29. December 17, 2013

    A win for a tough woman tested in political warfare

    Equality of the sexes will be achieved when mediocre women can land plum jobs – just as men can, or so we have all been led...

  30. December 16, 2013

    CDU’s ‘Crown princess’ enters main arena of German politics

    Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s new defence minister, has a standard answer to questions about her hopes of one day...

  31. December 15, 2013

    ECB official Asmussen quits to serve in German coalition

    One of the most influential members of the European Central Bank’s governing council who has been central to Frankfurt’s...

  32. December 14, 2013

    Germany’s SPD backs coalition with Merkel’s CDU

    Germany’s SPD members, voting in an unprecedented party referendum, have backed the planned coalition with chancellor Angela...

  33. December 13, 2013

    Germany’s SPD leaders confident vote endorses joining coalition

    Heavy turnout in an unprecedented referendum has bolstered confidence among the leadership of Germany’s centre-left SPD that...

  34. December 12, 2013

    Germany’s SPD hints at greater solidarity with troubled EU states

    The way Germany’s Social Democrats tell it, they are already changing Angela Merkel’s European policies – even before they...

  35. December 8, 2013

    Libor and Euribor must not be left to banks, says watchdog

    Germany’s banking watchdog has called for government involvement in the setting of benchmark interest rates, such as the...

  36. December 8, 2013

    German president to boycott Sochi Olympics over human rights

    The German president has declined to travel to Russia for the Winter Olympics in a move being interpreted as a protest...

  37. December 3, 2013

    German upper house files lawsuit to ban neo-Nazi party

    Germany’s neo-Nazi party faces a legal challenge to its existence after the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, filed...

  38. November 29, 2013

    German business savages economic plans of proposed coalition

    Angela Merkel is facing a chorus of criticism from German business over her putative coalition’s economic plans. Employers...

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