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(...)

French President Francois Hollande and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of spring European head of states Summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

SUZANNE LYNCH Chancellor Angela Merkel toughened her stance on Crimea for Thu(...)

Andreas Vosskuhle, presiding judge of the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, puts on his cap after the ESM verdict in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

ESM chief Klaus Regling has welcomed the dismissal by Germany’s highest court of constitutional challenges to the EU’s permanent bailout fund. (...)

Judges of the German constitutional court. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s Constitutional Court has confirmed the legality of the euro zone’s bailout fund, upholding a preliminary ruling from the height of th(...)

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin listens during an address by United States Ambassador to the UN Samanatha Power during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine, tonight. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine today, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbour's Cr(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel: has always been sympathetic to British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gets the royal treatment in London today: a speech to both houses of parliament, lunch at Number 10 and tea wit(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with former  agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, whom she fired  last Friday after he admitted telling the Social Democratic Party – but not her – last year that one of its MPs had been named in a swoop on a Canadian child pornography ring. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the first crisis of her third term with her(...)

Germany’s constitutional court will refer a complaint against the ECB’s flagship bond-buying scheme to the European Court of Justice. photograph: sascha schuermann/afp/getty images

There was a distinct whiff of sour grapes about last week’s ruling from Germany’s constitutional court in Karlsruhe. The scarlet-robed judges w(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: “Everyone agrees that the acceptance of our democratic systems depends on applying existing tax entitlements.” Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble has said he will use his second term as minister for finance to push for a new fiscal balance between the EU and member st(...)

In  her new year’s television address this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel told  viewers she was anxious to see the EU work through its to-do list ahead of May’s European election, demonstrating greater “readiness to put into practice what we have resolved to do”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s new year’s resolution, she told German television viewers this week, was the same as every year: to get more fresh air.But German neig(...)

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