German vice chancellor, economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel: SPD officials accuse him of damaging party credibility and alienating traditional centre-left voters with his Greek comments. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

With the return of the Greek crisis, many in Berlin viewed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the German politician with the most to lose. Predictably enough(...)

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder: married  to journalist turned politician Doris Schröder-Kopf for 17 years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

In office and she served as first lady during his seven-year term to 2005.The couple married in 1997 after Mr Schröder left his third wife for her. T(...)

There are few causes capable of bringing together German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic predecessors Gerhard Schröder and Helmut S(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War order in Europe. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War orde(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and his wife Maike Richter-Kohl at the presentation of his new book Aus Sorge Um Europa (Out of Concern For Europe)  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has placed the blame for the euro crisis at the door of his successor, Social Democrat (SPD) leader Gerhard Schröder.(...)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:  appealed to all sides to “recognise their responsibility”. Photograph: Toby Melville /Reuters

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged those unhappy with the interim government in Kiev not to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential elec(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder (third from right) meet in the Yusupovsky palace at a North Stream reception on the occasion of Mr Schröder’s 70th birthday, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: EPA/Anatoly Maltsev

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder has sparked uproar for welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin to his 70th birthday party in St Peters(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: “It’s not on that the public purse drops out as an investor in crisis countries and that private companies cannot invest in these countries because of the credit crunch.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and socialist candidate for president of the European Commission, has called for a rethink o(...)