A gay couple attend a street demonstration in Berlin. Photograph: Snapshot Photography/Ullstein/Getty Images

A ghost is haunting Germany: the ghost of Catholic Ireland. Four days after Irish voters backed marriage equality, politicians of all persuasions here(...)

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Athens faces questions over its determination to tackle tax evasion by rich Greeks. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will face down his German critics – and Chancellor Angela Merkel – next Monday on his first official visit to Berl(...)

Different directions? Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with British  prime minister David Cameron at the Nato summit in Wales in September. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid /Getty Images

Britain has insisted it will put national interest first when addressing social pressures caused by migration, shrugging off an apparent German warnin(...)

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(...)

Nessa Childers, whose resignation from Labour left her position in the S&D group untenable last year, has rejoined the fold. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As they took their seats in the European Parliament this week, the 751 MEPs elected in the 2014 elections had reasons to feel optimistic. After five y(...)

Senior SPD figures including Martin Schulz (centre), a candidate to be the next president of the Euroeoan Commission, celebrate the celebrate the projectted EU election results in Berlin on Sunday.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won Germany’s European elections yesterday but was on course to lose seven of the country’(...)

German benefits and interior minister Thomas de Maizière (left) said he wanted to end the phenomenon of new arrivals unable to speak the language, submitting word-perfect applications for a trading licence and later, welfare payments. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German fears of being flooded by so-called “welfare tourists” from eastern Europe were dismissed as overblown yes(...)

Even now, despite CDU support, Berlin officials are concerned that Jean-Claude Juncker’s  outspoken style has put many noses out of joint in other European capitals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has backed Jean-Claude Juncker to lead Europe’s conservative bloc in May’s E(...)

German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic party (CDU) Angela Merkel (R) and the head of the Christian Social party (CSU) Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are pushing for Berlin to join efforts to prune back EU regulations and (...)

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(...)