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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. November 27, 2013

    Highlights of the German coalition agreement

    The highlights of the 170-page coalition agreement between Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and the centre-left Social...

  22. November 27, 2013

    Angela Merkel secures right-left German coalition deal

    Angela Merkel and her coalition partners have agreed on a deal that would bring pension increases, a national minimum wage,...

  23. November 25, 2013

    German negotiators near deal on a new coalition

    German chancellor Angela Merkel and her would-be coalition partners are pushing to wrap up a deal this week on a new...

  24. November 7, 2013

    Schäuble draws battle lines on finances with coalition partners

    Germany’s finances leave little “room for manoeuvre”, Wolfgang Schäuble, the finance minister, said yesterday in a warning...

  25. November 4, 2013

    Foreign motorists on German autobahns face road toll

    Foreign visitors driving on Germany’s autobahns face an annual charge of up to €100, from which motorists resident in the...

  26. October 30, 2013

    Berlin talks agree broad consensus on Europe

    The good news for Germany’s eurozone partners is that coalition negotiators in Berlin have promised to produce a clear...

  27. October 30, 2013

    Germany must stop moralising and embrace espionage

    Amid the recriminations and self-justification over allegations of US spying – yes, trust is needed between allies; yes,...

  28. October 25, 2013

    Obama can finally confront the over-mighty spies

    How did Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, tell Barack Obama that she was cancelling a state visit to the US? She sent...

  29. October 25, 2013

    Merkel and Hollande to change intelligence ties with US

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said she and her French counterpart would launch a “joint initiative” to renegotiate...

  30. October 22, 2013

    Time for Germany to step up to its responsibilities

    Negotiations are under way at last between Germany’s two main parties – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and...

  31. October 22, 2013

    Angela Merkel can be generous as she thrashes out coalition deal

    The two great “people’s parties” of postwar Germany will sit down on Wednesday to begin negotiations on a grand coalition of...

  32. October 20, 2013

    Germany’s opposition SPD sets out demands for coalition deal

    Germany’s opposition Social Democrats cleared the way on Sunday for weeks of hard bargaining on a coalition agreement with...

  33. October 20, 2013

    CDU’s first Muslim MP marks change in Germany’s politics

    Cemile Giousouf symbolises the political coming of age of Germany’s ethnically Turkish minority. More than four decades ago,...

  34. October 17, 2013

    CDU and SPD agree to start negotiations for ‘grand coalition’

    Leaders of Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats agreed on Thursday to launch negotiations to form a left-right...

  35. October 16, 2013

    Merkel set out coalition agenda as Greens pull out of talks

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, spelt out for the first time on Wednesday her core agenda for the next coalition...

  36. October 15, 2013

    Soaring renewable energy costs set to stoke German energy debate

    The cumulative total that German consumers have spent subsidising green energy is set to pass €100bn next year, a symbolic...

  37. October 14, 2013

    Merkel stays coy on coalition choice

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, launched a crucial week of talks in Berlin on Monday to decide who will be her political...

  38. October 7, 2013

    Germany needs a service sector to match its makers

    Only 10 years ago, Germany was considered the sick man of Europe, but the German economy is now admired for its strength....

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