Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

Coalition partners disagree on how restrictive German arms exports should be

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Managers join SPD in backing tougher EU stance with Moscow after MH17 crash

In 1960 Karl and Theo Albrecht drew the “Aldi equator” horizontally across the map of Germany. Everything north of the Ruhr went to Theo – Aldi Nord – while the south went to Karl’s Aldi Süd, the company that later expanded to Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Karl Albrecht, who died last week, was a symbol of German efficiency and thrift, despite being named as the country’s richest man (...)

Demonstrators at a rally for Al-Quds Day, an event intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people,  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Pro-Palestinian marchers face off with pro-Israeli demonstrators

A Canadian soldier (left) lights a German prisoner’s cigarette during the first World War at Paschendale on the western front, November 1917. In an editorial more than three years earlier, the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper said there was still reason to expect that “all of Europe will not be set alight because of a few Serbian agitators and duke murderer”. Photograph: Reuters

Countdown to War: the Vienna correspondent of ‘Berliner Tageblatt’ reported on public jubilation at Austria’s refusal to accept Be(...)

 A view of the US embassy with the US flag showing the German Reichstag building in the background and the Holocaust memorial in the foreground in Berlin. Photograph: EPA

Change of strategy is direct response to US spying on German government

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

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