New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Berlin has insisted that an EU plan to stimulate European growth through investment must be led by the private sector and not dominated by political 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(...)

Foreign drivers will face a toll charge for using the German autobahns from 2016 under the new law.

The German government introduced a controversial road toll on Thursday which will force foreign car drivers to pay up to €130 a year for using German(...)

Cork City Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane noted that Cork University Hospital did not appear to have any protocols regarding patients being allowed retain medications that may have been prescribed elsewhere. Photograph: Getty Images

The issue of checking patients for medication that they might bring with them when admitted to hospital has been highlighted by a coroner at the inque(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A man walks past a campaign placard of eurosceptic  Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party’s Freuke Petry. The slogan reads: “Bailout Funds for Schools, not Banks.”Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are poised to cling on to power in today’s election in the east German state of Saxony, but right-lean(...)

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(...)

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s powerful business lobby has dropped its opposition to tougher sanctions against Russia ahead of today’s crunch EU ambassador meeting in Bru(...)