Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has attacked as demagogical and populist the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, comparing it to German neo-Nazis. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Schäuble brands Alternative für Deutschland "demagogical"

The Volkswagen factory in Emden: The country that sells cars to the world is letting its roads, particularly in west Germany, crumble into a perilous state. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Country's image of itself is based on illusions, says economist Marcel Frazscher

Before taking over as prime minister,  Stefan Lövfen (above) must be elected in parliament, a vote not expected to take place before next Thursday. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/EPA

Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven announces plan to form coalition with Green Party

“The German economy is no longer running smoothly,” warned Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn. “Although assessments of the current business situation improved slightly, scepticism with regard to future business developments increased significantly.”

Uncertainty over cost of Russian sanctions damages sentiment

A man climbs the East Side Gallery, part of the former Berlin Wall, in the German city. On November 9th, the city is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Photograph: Joerg Carstensen/EPA

The eastern jobless rate is at record post-unification low of 10.3%

Minister of state Michael Roth said Berlin is ready to take a leading role in the European Union’s future but won’t “stand alone”. Photograph:  Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Europe minister says Berlin ready to take on a leading role in EU’s future

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Polls in both countries reveal tougher stance on foreign nationals

Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

German survey of social justice in Europe ranks Ireland 18th out of 28 countries

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven: sounded out potential coalition partners yesterday. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/EPA

Party tops poll but potential coalition is 15 seats short of a majority

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