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(...)

The European Commission said it will “review” whether on-demand services such as Netflix should be subject to the same rules as traditional TV broadcasters.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Brussels is to take the first step toward tighter European Union regulation of the internet after coming under pressure from France and Germany to tak(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

The memorial for the victims of the Distomo massacre in Greece perpetrated by Nazis during the second World War, pictured on March 26th. Germany’s economy minister branded Greece’s demand for €278.7 billion in reparations from the second World War  as ‘stupid”’ on Tuesday. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s economy minister branded Greece’s demand for €278.7 billion in reparations from the second World War as “stupid“ on Tuesday, while the Germ(...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  inform the public about their previous talk during a press conference in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 3:04

European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in an interview published on Tuesday he expected Greece to reach an agreement with its euro zone part(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: John Mac Dougall/AFP/Getty Images 3:04

As Angela Merkel welcomed Alexis Tsipras to her Berlin chancellery, a small welcoming committee gathered outside the fence holding signs reading “We L(...)

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. (...)

German deputy chancellor and economis minister Sigmar Gabriel delivers a speech at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday. The party he leads, the SPD, is stuck 15 opinion poll points behind its grand coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s CDU. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

After five years of Merkel’s austerity melodies, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel wants to change the record. And so the deputy c(...)

“The German economy has returned to growth regardless of geopolitical turbulence,” says  economics minister  Sigmar Gabriel . Photograph: EPA/Bernd von Jutrczenka

Germany has raised its 2015 growth forecast to 1.5 per cent, matching last year’s performance, as its famously finicky consumers have started a natio(...)