German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has proposed pruning and reordering the competences of the European Commission in light of its euro crisis r(...)

The €150-a-month payment has been in effect since August 2013 and has a 73 per cent take-up rate. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA

Germany’s highest court has struck down a €150 monthly payment for parents who care for their children at home rather than place them in daycare. The(...)

A Lufthansa aircraft  (foreground) and a plane of the company’s Germanwings subsidiary at Dusseldorf airport. Lufthansa  said its compensation offer went beyond legal guidelines. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The families of 18 German schoolchildren killed last March in the Germanwings air crash have rejected a compensation offer from the airline’s parent c(...)

Beate Zschaepe (left), the surviving member of the extreme-right National Socialist Underground (NSU), arriving in a   Munich court. Photograph Joerg Koch/Getty Images

After more than two years and 200 days of hearings, Germany’s most high-profile neo-Nazi trial is heading into uncertain waters and an even more uncer(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “Politicians have their responsibility for their office. No one can force them.” Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Cracks are widening in Germany’s ruling grand coalition over a third aid programme for Greece, a week after Berlin proposed a “time-out” euro zone ex(...)

 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg:  today is the  anniversary of the failed plot against Hitler, on July 20th, 1944. Photograph: ullstein bild via Getty Images

His desk, chair and phone are gone but, otherwise, things look the same in the office of Count Claus von Stauffenberg, where he waited to hear his fat(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece, in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/EPA

For her 61st birthday yesterday, Angela Merkel received two presents in the Bundestag. The first – welcome but unnecessary – was a bunch of flowers. T(...)

Minister for Finance Michael  Noonan struck a hopeful note that agreement in Europe over  Greece can be reached and said he was entering Saturday’s meeting in Brussels “on the basis that it will be possible to put a sustainable medium term programme in place”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The Greek government should move swiftly to implement the austerity measures contained in its bailout plan to prove it is serious and increase trust w(...)

German president Joachim Gauck said backing marriage equality was “not a vote against, but rather for something”. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has praised Ireland’s “sincere” debate on marriage equality, calling on Germany to follow suit. In a clear nod at a ret(...)

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(...)