Berlin: expects economic growth to hit 1.7 per cent this year and 1.8 per cent next year. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s economy appears to have shrugged off the Volkswagen scandal and the Paris attacks, with rising spending and steady confidence among leadin(...)

Angela Merkel: “I am no judge or criminal investigator, I can only rule out that the federal government has ever made laws that insinuate that anything like that can be done.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her government has never acted in a way that would encourage tax optimisation by companies operating in Germany(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

The Bundestag in Berlin.  The German report views the reduction of Ireland’s debt as crucial to stimulating consumption and investment.

Berlin has backed the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s warning about the dangers of the Government departing from its path of consolidation and reform.(...)

A wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel as Santa Claus  at  Madame Tussauds  in Berlin. Photograph:  Jens Kalaene/EPA

We all know to beware strangers bearing gifts. But what if the stranger is Angela Merkel, she’s wearing a Santa suit and the gift is a German bank off(...)

Done deal: Hypo Real Estate Bank AG CEO Georg Funke (left) shakes hands with Depfa CEO Gerhard Bruckermann at a press conference in Munich on July 23rd, 2007 to announce that Hypo had agreed to buy Depfa for ¤5.7 billion to form, at the time, Germany’s biggest real estate financing company. photograph: thorsten jochim/bloomberg news/via getty images

There were few tears in Germany this week when Munich’s Hypo Real Estate announced it was auctioning off its Dublin-based lender, Depfa.In a caustic c(...)