Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg 0:56

Caught off-guard by news of the Greek referendum, Germany’s risk-averse chancellor Angela Merkel adopted an unusually high-risk strategy last week and(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after making his speech, near German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Bundestag in Berlinon Friday. Photograph: EPA

Through gritted teeth, and for very different reasons, a comfortable majority of German parliamentarians backed a four-month extension to the Greek EU(...)

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(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior Bundestag figures in Berlin have said the ESM bailout fund’s new power to recapitalise banks – in the future and retroactively – is a political(...)

Closing the door on the EU/IMF programme ends three difficult years for Ireland, but also for the Irish in Germany. For years, Germany registered no m(...)

Keeping Germany posted: under financial pressure in 2005, Germany decided to sell (securitise) a future income stream from the privatisation of its post office in Dublin because Ireland was a centre for securitisation and its tax situation was more favourable

The innovative idea came a decade ago. Germany was the sick man of Europe, trapped in a vicious circle of negligible growth and spiralling debt, and g(...)

Press conferences of Germany’s economic advisory council are usually a sober affair. The group’s official German name, the Sachverständigenrat, is suc(...)

Carsten Schneider said direct recapitalisations should only be available in future for countries participating in a European programme to tax financial transactions. Photograoh: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has ruled out supporting retrospective bank recapitalisation if the party enters a grand coalition under Chanc(...)