Germany’s hawkish Bundesbank has changed its tune on salary increases, urging unions to be more – not less – ambitious in looming pay talks, to help combat the risk of deflation in the euro zone. Photograph: AP

Unions are urged to be more ambitious in looming pay talks

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators at the Israeli embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Epa/Daniel Bockwoldt

Head of German Council of Jews calls for condemnation from political leaders

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

A make-or-break moment for Berlin on foreign policy

Helmut Tauer at the site of his former family home in Elsch, Sudetenland. Photograph: Derek Scally

The Trip: German Sudeten Helmut Tauer was expelled from his homeland as a boy in 1946, along with his family. He feels no bitterne(...)

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert  made clear that Berlin did not view the spying episode as closed with yesterday’s departure. Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images

Germans say ‘deep differences of opinion’ remain

“Bild’s” tribute to German chancellor Angela Merkel on her 60th birthday. The tabloid newspaper printed 60 portraits of Ms Merkel submitted by readers.

Germany cringes as TV correspondent sings

Security officers  outside the US embassy in Berlin.  A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel  said she was still waiting for the CIA station chief in the  embassy to comply with her demand and leave Germany. Photograph: Reuters

Nothing resolved by Merkel and Obama phone conversation

Tourists look at a wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday.  Madame Tussauds wax museum put the figure on public display to mark Ms Merkel’s 60th birthday on Thursday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Does she want to break Kohl’s 18-year record or will she go before being pushed?

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