Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)

The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann warned  there was a danger the ECB would buy “low-quality loan securitisations” at inflated prices as part of its programme to buy so-called asset-backed securities.

The European Central Bank’s plans to buy rebundled packages of debt have drawn sharp criticism from officials in Germany, including the head of the B(...)

A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, speaks during a press conference after the party’s weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin.

Germany’s Angela Merkel expressed regret that populist parties had done well in EU elections and said it was up to governments in countries like Franc(...)

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(...)

Former German president Christian Wulff leaves the Landgericht Hannover courthouse yesterday. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images

A German court yesterday cleared Christian Wulff of corruption charges for accepting more than €700 in expenses at a beer festival when he was (...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel: has always been sympathetic to British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gets the royal treatment in London today: a speech to both houses of parliament, lunch at Number 10 and tea wit(...)

The comments are among the strongest from a senior German figure since leaks of a massive US spying programme first emerged last year.

Relations between Germany and the United States are worse now than during the US-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago, a leading ally of Chancellor Angel(...)

Germany’s new coalition
  • Europe
  • December 16, 2013, 01:00

The overwhelming vote by almost 400,000 members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in favour of a coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Dem(...)