New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Berlin has insisted that an EU plan to stimulate European growth through investment must be led by the private sector and not dominated by political p(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 4th, 2014.

A quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell, triggering unification a year later, there have been times of late when you’d be forgiven for thinking t(...)

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(...)

US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published details of US surveillance provided by Edward Snowden, has backed German calls for the N(...)

Keeping the ball rolling
  • Europe
  • October 26, 2013, 12:01

European Council meetings are often remembered more for the noises off that accompany any gathering of international political heavyweights, than the (...)

For most of the cold war Teufelsberg, the highest point in former West Berlin was the home of the National Security Agency’s electronic ears, trained eastwards behind the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tomas Glanc/isifa/Getty Images

If German chancellor Angela Merkel looks southwest from her office window, she can see the Teufelsberg – the Devil’s Mountain. What sounds like the la(...)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who owns a sausage factory in addition to his role as president of Bayern Munich, made a €3 million tax payment after failing to declare properly the interest income earned on funds held in a Zurich bank. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

From butcher’s son to Bayern Munich mastermind, football manager Uli Hoeness was a modern-day hero in Germany. But cracks have appeared (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel flanked by Dieter Hundt, head of the Confederation of German Employers' Association (left) and Otto Kentzler, president of the central association of German Trade,  at the International Trade Fair in Munich at the weekend. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Free Democrat (FDP) coalition allies, battling the threat of electoral extinction, have pres(...)