Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

‘BND officials insist the chancellery was always in the picture but chose not to act. Dr Merkel’s office insists it first heard about the affair in March and demanded the BND remedy without delay “technical and organisational deficits” – without explaining what these deficits were.’ Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with US President in Washington, DC last year. Photograph:  SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Germany is a great place for self-fulfilling assertions. Something is true because it is repeatedly claimed to be true – until it’s shown to be unt(...)

Visitors look around the new Nazi museum in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

The best thing you can say about Munich’s new National Socialist Documentation Centre is that Adolf Hitler would have hated it. The stark white(...)

The remains of 120 German soldiers who died during the second World War are  buried during a  ceremony in Halbe, eastern Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

The 123 miniature coffins, black boxes with numbers chalked on to their fronts, are resting beside a massive grave cut into Brandenburg’s soft, sandy (...)

Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun dine in a still from a private home movie made by Braun’s sister Gretl Fegelein, early to mid-1940s. Hitler and Braun married on April 29th, 1945, the day before they took their own lives. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Adolf Hitler liked to think big. But on this morning 70 years go, his “thousand year” Reich was very small indeed. Six years earlier the German dictat(...)

Deutsche Bank jointchief executive Jürgen Fitschen (fourth from right) and the former Deutsche Bank CEOs Rolf Breuer (third from right) and Josef Ackermann (fifth from right) wait for their trial in connection with the Kirch  bankruptcy in Munich. Photograph  by Jörg Koch/Getty Images

A fresh chapter in the long-running legal woes of Germany’s Deutsche Bank opened yesterday in Munich when joint chief executive Jürgen Fitschen appear(...)

The children packed a rucksack with food, a torch, an alarm clock and a book to help them on the long journey.

Two German children, a girl aged eight and a six year-old boy, are back at home after their plan to run away to Ireland ended after four hours.The chi(...)

Jürgen Fitschen ( left) and Anshu Jain, co-chief executives of Deutsche Bank at a news conference in Frankfurt to announce plans to reduce annual costs by a further €3.5 billion,  cut back its ownership in the Postbank consumer unit and shrink the securities business to revive profitability. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Germany’s largest financial institution, Deutsche Bank, has entered a crucial phase in its 145 year history: presenting a €3.5 billion savings and re-(...)

Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Gröning, dubbed the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, is on trial charged with  accessory to murder in 300,000 cases of deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers. He faces up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images

What was billed as the last great Auschwitz trial when it opened last week has, in week two, triggered an emotional battle among Holocaust survivors o(...)

Peter Casey of Dragons’ Den: ‘The Germans definitely have a different way of operating to the Irish’

As the euro crisis lingers, the debate over its causes and consequences remains the most divisive issue in recent European history. As the EU’s hig(...)