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(...)

Germany’s economics minister urges an end to the “phantom” of tax avoidance  Photograph: Reuters

German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that countries that permit large-scale corporate tax avoidance “take an axe to European solidarity(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble suggests troika-like methods can push euro zone reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

Be careful what you wish for is the expression that springs to mind when you hear the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his economics mini(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: is critical that many EU members continue to ignore budget and reform recommendations from Brussels. Photograph: Eric Luke

A year after Ireland waved goodbye to the troika, Germany has suggested the European Commission should adopt troika methods to name and shame EU gov(...)

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

A century after the Asgard sailed into Howth harbour with a shipment of 900 Mauser rifles, German arms are as popular as ever. Too popular, if you ask(...)

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s powerful business lobby has dropped its opposition to tougher sanctions against Russia ahead of today’s crunch EU ambassador meeting in Bru(...)

Angela Merkel: due to hold bilateral talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Thursday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Ireland’s investment gap is the highest in the euro zone at 9.4 per cent of annual economic output (gross domestic product), a leading German economi(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi calls for “a light easing of the euro zone’s restrictive economic policies”. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

The political battle over the leadership of the European Commission promises to dominate the two-day summit of European Union leaders, which begins to(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said ministers expressed  about the continuing high levels of unemployment and the need for growth. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s plan to seek savings of less than €2 billion in next year’s budget is likely to receive the tacit support of key EU partners, as a nu(...)