Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

EU leaders have backed a plan for more punitive sanctions against Crimea, including a ban on European cruise ships docking in Sevastapol, as Russian p(...)

Factories on the Rhine. For years now people in its Rhine-Ruhr region have become used to temperamental trains on rail bottlenecks or biblical tailbacks on an ageing Autobahn network

No amount of aspirin can cure the headaches doing the rounds at its inventor, Bayer. The German healthcare giant is the biggest name in a vast industr(...)

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(...)

Naming names: Jochen Gerz with one of the slabs in the Bochum church vestibule

Jochen Gerz is a lateral thinker, a self-declared subversive in the true sense. Confronted by a thorny cultural issue, he will turn it over and tra(...)

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(...)

German-born US historian Fritz Stern speaks during a commemoration service for the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by German officers

Fritz Stern has been an essential voice in German life for decades, though he fled the country as a 12-year-old boy. The historian, essayist and autho(...)

Legal scholar Prof Andreas Vosskühle said that Germany’s constitution, the Basic Law, was open to European law. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s highest court is committed to European integration, its president told an audience in Dublin yesterday. Legal scholar Prof Andreas Vosskühl(...)

‘Solidarity is not a one-way street” was the stern reminder from Germany’s deputy finance minister, Steffen Kampeter, when the Bundestag approved Irel(...)

German MPs gave the go-head for the Government’s IMF loan plan  Photograph: Bloomberg

Germany has said it expects Ireland to reform its tax system after Berlin backed its request to restructure the Irish EU/IMF loan package - a chang(...)

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has attacked as demagogical and populist the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, comparing it to German neo-Nazis. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has called the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party demagogical and populist, and compa(...)