German Chancellor Angela Merkel votes on an amendment to pension regulations proposed by the Left party in the Bundestag on Friday.  Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Of the many accusations flung at Germany’s pension reform, the one that stuck fast as it sailed through the Bundestag yesterday was “verschlimmbess(...)

Slightly more than a tenth of workers in western Germany earn less than €8.50  an hour, compared with a quarter of workers in eastern Germany, according to data from the IWH institute. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s cabinet has agreed to a national minimum wage of €8.50 per hour - a flagship project for the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power w(...)

Members of the new German coalition government, including (from left)  Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD;  foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; defence minister Ursula von der Leyen; and CDU leader and chancellor Angela Merkel (far right). Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Asked in September how long she expected coalition negotiations to take, chancellor Angela Merkel joked that “Christmas comes sooner than you think”.A(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to keep Mr Schäuble in place as finance minister and the 71-year-old has expressed his readiness to stay. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble is on course for a second term as German finance minister with the Social Democratic Union (SPD) reportedly ready to forgo control o(...)

Social Democratic Party general  secretary Andrea Nahles: said her party would “in future rule out no coalitions, except with far-right parties”. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has ended a two-decade political taboo and embraced the idea of entering a coalition with the hard-left Lin(...)

The head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) awaits the start of coalition talks with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany should be allowed to hold referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money at E(...)

Members of Germany’s conservative (CDU/CSU) parties arrive for preliminary coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at the Parliamentary Society in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are steering towards a second grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) after (...)

Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) arrive for preliminary coalition talks with Germany’s conservative (CDU/CSU) parties at the Parliamentary Society in Berlin today. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have vowed to put Ireland’s corporate tax rate and its opposition to an EU financial transaction tax onto the agenda (...)