A Munich court has ruled that property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) falsified accounts and misled investors about its exposure to the financial crisis

Germany could be left with a €500 million compensation bill after a Munich court ruled that property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) falsified accounts(...)

Sister act: Dolly Parton’s sequinned dazzle achieves the same end in her world as Angela Merkel’s buttoned-down sobriety does in hers: it triggers emotional appeal. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

After almost a decade in office Angela Merkel is both the most powerful and, perhaps, the most understated woman in the world. With a huge 96.7 per (...)

Factories on the Rhine. For years now people in its Rhine-Ruhr region have become used to temperamental trains on rail bottlenecks or biblical tailbacks on an ageing Autobahn network

No amount of aspirin can cure the headaches doing the rounds at its inventor, Bayer. The German healthcare giant is the biggest name in a vast industr(...)

Defence contractor  Rheinmetall’s headquarters in Düsseldorf. Although company managers have escaped a conviction for bribery, the case sends a signal for other investigations into corrupt armaments deals. Photograph: Getty Images

German armaments and car parts conglomerate Rheinmetall has been fined €37 million after a subsidiary bribed Greek officials to buy a €150 million air(...)

German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats   Angela Merkel  after she was re-elected as party chairwoman at the annual CDU party congress  in Cologne. Photograph:   Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured her 15th straight year as head of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with 96.7 per cent support, (...)

Primark is poised to step up its colonisation of the German highstreet with reports that it will move into department stores vacated by ailing retail(...)

 Florian Homm: “The path I took for 30 years made me one of the world’s richest Germans, but it brought me nothing on the inside.” Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

If anyone makes a film of Florian Homm’s life, the pitch to the backers would be: “German Wolf of Wall Street encounters the Virgin Mary and has Saul-(...)

Seven unhappy years after Ballymore bought the Kudamm Karree shopping centre on western Berlin’s  Kurfürstendamm boulevard for a reported €200 million, the complex has been sold for €150 million.

From her self-imposed exile in Paris, diva Marlene Dietrich crooned that she always kept a suitcase in her native Berlin. Thanks to Irish property de(...)

Bodo Ramelow: his Erfurt alliance has been condemned by former eastern dissidents and the Christian Democrats. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

A quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall fell, Die Linke, political successors to East Germany’s ruling party, has appointed its first state premi(...)

Candles placed at Stolpersteine on November 9th as locals honour the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht pogroms. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

When 91-year-old Peter Jordan returned this week to Munich it was in spite of, and because of, his past.He was just 15 when, in the summer of 1939, he(...)