A neo-fascist rally in Dortmund on May 1st. “Dortmund has a problem, something we don’t play down, but the whole country has a problem with the far-right – we’re just the tip of the iceberg.” Photograph: Markus Matzel

When Germans talk about the far-right and neo-Nazis, they usually mean eastern Germany. But eastern Germany doesn’t have a monopoly on far-right extre(...)

The development in Dortmund, which remains a success 10 years after its creation, grew out of an Evangelical church seminar and the build cost worked out at €2,000 per square metre

1Imagine having your own living space in a new housing scheme designed exactly the way you want. Take another leap and imagine that you can choose (...)

Ulrich Wessel (centre), principal of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school, and city mayor Bodo Klimpel speak at a press conference the day after 16 students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school were among passengers on Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed on Tuesday in southern France. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The regional schools minister of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia has described seeing faces of “enormous grief” this morning at the Joseph-(...)

Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. “With Oleg Bryjak we have lost a great interpreter and wonderful person”

German shock at yesterday’s crash was mixed with unhappy memories of another major airline crash in Europe: the August 2000 crash of a chartered Conc(...)

Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

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(...)

 Lightning  illuminates the sky near high voltage power lines in Sehnde, near Hanover, northern Germany, early today. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

At least five people were killed in violent storms that swept Germany’s most populous state late yesterday, felling trees, disrupting public transport(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore should make it clear interference in Ireland’s corporation tax regime  would be ‘unacceptable’.

The German Social Democratic (SPD) party will continue to push the issue of corporate taxation across Europe when government coalition talks with Ange(...)

Angela Merkel dismissed talk of greater flexibility on euro reform

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her “gratitude” for Ireland’s reform progress but vowed “no change” in her third-term strategy for overcoming t(...)