A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

Tough choices for Government
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  • July 26, 2014, 01:00

A battered and bruised Government that experienced resignations, demotions and a winnowing of members has limped into the summer recess. The holiday p(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior Bundestag figures in Berlin have said the ESM bailout fund’s new power to recapitalise banks – in the future and retroactively – is a political(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

After two years of spin and obfuscation, Berlin’s ESM cabinet vote yesterday was another lap in Ireland’s winding road to bank debt nirvana.From now, (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted  legislating for direct ESM recapitalisations  would did not open the floodgates and allow problem banks empty the rescue fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Germany has backed the principle of retroactive direct bank recapitalisation for euro zone banks, after the cabinet in Berlin gave the go-ahead yes(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel faces two challenges: to demand political clarification and intelligence concessions from US president Barack Obama, and to control a domestic political chorus that has built to a shrill crescendo. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A thunder storm caused a power outage in parts of Berlin yesterday, but the outrage over a German double agent has generated enough heat and light (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaks to journalists prior to a meeting of the Eurogroup  in Brussels yesterday. EPA/Julien Warnand

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he is “mystified” at a report by German MPs critical of Government tax deals for multinationals and highl(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said a sugestion by Ibec that a budget adjustment of just €200 million would be sufficient to reach the State’s deficit target is a “guesstimate”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said a sugestion by Ibec that a budget adjustment of just €200 million would be sufficient to reach the State’(...)

Whistleblowers Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake testify at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

When German investigators raided the Munich home of a German foreign intelligence (BND) employee, they didn’t find a secret radio transmitter or direc(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel insists she wants Jean-Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

One hundred years after a Bosnian nationalist fired the shots that led to the outbreak of the first World War, EU leaders gather in the Flemish town (...)