The summit  of EU leaders will be  the first under new European Council president Donald Tusk.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Some member states have led push to put aggressive corporate tax planning on agenda

New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Merkel officials concerned Juncker investment plan will be politically led

A Munich court has ruled that property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) falsified accounts and misled investors about its exposure to the financial crisis

Munich court finds HRE falsified accounts and misled investors during financial crisis

Sister act: Dolly Parton’s sequinned dazzle achieves the same end in her world as Angela Merkel’s buttoned-down sobriety does in hers: it triggers emotional appeal. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

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Factories on the Rhine. For years now people in its Rhine-Ruhr region have become used to temperamental trains on rail bottlenecks or biblical tailbacks on an ageing Autobahn network

Budget curbs and decades of neglect causing structural meltdown in industrial heartland

Defence contractor  Rheinmetall’s headquarters in Düsseldorf. Although company managers have escaped a conviction for bribery, the case sends a signal for other investigations into corrupt armaments deals. Photograph: Getty Images

Rheinmetall bribed officials over Greek army defence contract

German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats   Angela Merkel  after she was re-elected as party chairwoman at the annual CDU party congress  in Cologne. Photograph:   Sean Gallup/Getty Images

No show for Nicholas Sarkozy at CDU event after he was persuaded to stay away

Primark cracks one of Europe’s toughest retail markets

 Florian Homm: “The path I took for 30 years made me one of the world’s richest Germans, but it brought me nothing on the inside.” Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

German financier Florian Homm went from wolf of Wall Street to repentant lamb after discovering the Virgin Mary in prison, with Ir(...)

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