Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

German president Joachim Gauck says he has difficulties with the idea of an SED successor party leading a state government. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Days before Germany remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall a quarter of a century ago, the heirs to the party that built the structure have taken a fur(...)

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

Slightly more than a tenth of workers in western Germany earn less than €8.50  an hour, compared with a quarter of workers in eastern Germany, according to data from the IWH institute. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s cabinet has agreed to a national minimum wage of €8.50 per hour - a flagship project for the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power w(...)

From left: family minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) and defence minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) arrive for the weekly German federal cabinet meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Wearing a black trouser suit and a tired smile, German chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected yesterday for a third term as German leader.After a thr(...)

Keeping Germany posted: under financial pressure in 2005, Germany decided to sell (securitise) a future income stream from the privatisation of its post office in Dublin because Ireland was a centre for securitisation and its tax situation was more favourable

The innovative idea came a decade ago. Germany was the sick man of Europe, trapped in a vicious circle of negligible growth and spiralling debt, and g(...)

National Democratic Party  supporters at a recent protest against a refugee asylum in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany’s federal states have launched a fresh bid to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), a decade after the last attempt failed at Ger(...)

The Bundesrat is comprised of delegates sent by the governments of the 16 federal states.

Germany’s Bundesrat is one of the most powerful upper houses of parliament in Europe. It is the political counterbalance to the federal government and(...)

Merkel’s moment
  • Europe
  • September 23, 2013, 01:04

Angela Merkel’s triumph in yesterday’s federal election, which last night saw her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party the(...)