Harald Jäger, who is credited with opening up the border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images 2:58

Harald Jäger has spent the last quarter century denying that he was the man who toppled the Berlin Wall. He has no plans to change his story now, ahea(...)

Next time you bring your car in for repairs, ask the mechanic who made the block heater. That’s the crucial bit of kit that makes the car engine start(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, held a press conference to defend the country’s tax practices. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

New disclosures about Luxembourg tax agreements involving billions of euro by companies with operations in Ireland are published today as politicia(...)

Germany’s economics minister urges an end to the “phantom” of tax avoidance  Photograph: Reuters

German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that countries that permit large-scale corporate tax avoidance “take an axe to European solidarity(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 4th, 2014.

A quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell, triggering unification a year later, there have been times of late when you’d be forgiven for thinking t(...)

An employee of the Stasi archives searching for documents in the files department in Berlin.

For anyone who didn’t experience East Germany first hand, an irresistible place to start is the former headquarters of the Stasi, the feared secret po(...)

Two West German policemen prevent people from approaching as East German police, the vopos, stand on and near a fallen portion of the Berlin Wall onNovember 11th 1989. 2:58

East Germany ceased to exist four days before its 41st birthday, on the day of German unity: October 3rd 1990. But the emotional end of East Germany c(...)

It was the “unity generation”, of Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos that brought home the World Cup for a party at the Brandenburg Gate.

When Raphael Moser and Julia Wenzel say “I do” on December 12th, they’ll be doing their bit for German unification – not that the young couple have re(...)

German-born US historian Fritz Stern speaks during a commemoration service for the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by German officers

Fritz Stern has been an essential voice in German life for decades, though he fled the country as a 12-year-old boy. The historian, essayist and autho(...)

German president Joachim Gauck says he has difficulties with the idea of an SED successor party leading a state government. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Days before Germany remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall a quarter of a century ago, the heirs to the party that built the structure have taken a fur(...)