Containers are loaded onto a container ship at a shipping terminal in the harbour in Hamburg. German business confidence continues to decline. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Germany’s business climate cooled for the sixth straight month in October, pushing confidence in Europe’s largest economy to levels not seen since the(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: will be pleased only one small bank failed the bank stress tests. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty

German banks fared better than expected in euro zone health checks, with none needing to raise new capital, but the sector still needs to restore prof(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann: challenged Cypriot central bank governor Panicos Demetriades on the value of collateral pledged by Cyprus Popular Bank. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Secret minutes of the European Central Bank’s policy deliberations have been leaked for the first time in its history, with the security breach sheddi(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi: his move has been widely credited with calming sovereign debt markets, even though the plan to buy the debt of euro zone countries has never been deployed

German opposition to the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programme known as the outright monetary transaction (OMT) will be thrashed out today dur(...)

ECB president Draghi repeated he’s ready to expand the bank’s balance sheet by as much as €1 trillion to beat back the threat of deflation.

Mario Draghi and Jens Weidmann are clashing anew over how much more stimulus the ailing euro-area economy needs from the European Central Bank. As Eur(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann warned  there was a danger the ECB would buy “low-quality loan securitisations” at inflated prices as part of its programme to buy so-called asset-backed securities.

The European Central Bank’s plans to buy rebundled packages of debt have drawn sharp criticism from officials in Germany, including the head of the B(...)

Mr Draghi has called on euro zone governments to do their part to boost confidence by implementing structural reforms

The European Central Bank laid out plans on Thursday to buy rebundled packets of debt within weeks to shore up the flagging euro zone economy and its (...)

Volkswagen T5 cars are pictured at the booth of German carmaker Volkswagen at the IAA truck show in Hanover. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

German business sentiment fell for a fifth straight month in September to its lowest level in nearly 18 months, dampening expectations for a third-qua(...)

As president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011, Jean-Claude Trichet played a central role in the Irish bailout. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank will discuss the question of Jean-Claude Trichet’s appearance before the Irish banking inquiry i(...)

German airline Lufthansa passenger planes on the tarmac at Frankfurt. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

German investor confidence dropped to the weakest in 21 months amid increasing political tension in Europe, even as the European Central Bank steps up(...)