German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

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(...)

Bodo Ramelow: his Erfurt alliance has been condemned by former eastern dissidents and the Christian Democrats. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

A quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall fell, Die Linke, political successors to East Germany’s ruling party, has appointed its first state premi(...)

Social Democratic Party general  secretary Andrea Nahles: said her party would “in future rule out no coalitions, except with far-right parties”. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has ended a two-decade political taboo and embraced the idea of entering a coalition with the hard-left Lin(...)

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(...)

Norbert Lammert is presented with flowers by German chancellor Angela Merkel after his re-election on Tuesday as president of the Bundestag. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany’s shrunken political opposition have sounded the alarm that, unless Bundestag rules are changed, they will have little to say in the new Berli(...)

 A worker pastes up an election poster of German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is leading her CDU party into a general election on September 22nd.  photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Two women have given Germany’s wan election campaign an emotional punch, attacking chancellor Angela Merkel at her most vulnerable point: the rise of (...)