Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (centre) warned the UN Security Council  against  attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Reuters

The shooting down of flight MH17 on Thursday afternoon in Ukrainian airspace potentially opens up a new front in the ongoing tensions between the West(...)

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert  made clear that Berlin did not view the spying episode as closed with yesterday’s departure. Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images

The CIA chief of station in Berlin, the head intelligence officer in the US embassy, has left the country a week after being ordered to do so by the G(...)

Security officers  outside the US embassy in Berlin.  A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel  said she was still waiting for the CIA station chief in the  embassy to comply with her demand and leave Germany. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Barack Obama remain at odds over double agents discovered working for US intelligence inside the Ger(...)

Commerzbank, Germany’s second-largest lender, is accused by US authorities of transferring money through its US operations on behalf of companies in Iran and Sudan

US authorities have begun settlement talks with Germany’s Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank over their dealings with countries blacklisted by the United S(...)

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde during a IMF press conference. Photograph: Laura Lean/PA Wire

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde ruled herself out of the running for the job of European Commission president today, saying she intended to co(...)

The visage of Kaiser Wilhelm II – a steely gaze between a pointed moustache and spiked, Pickelhaube helmet – is one of the most potent images of the f(...)

Assembling a gas turbine at Siemens in Berlin: the company is trying to reposition itself to take advantage of growth in the energy sector. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

The head of the German electronics and engineering giant Siemens said last week that the company would not be strong-armed into acquiring the power un(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin on a magazine cover seen in the foreground Photograph. Justin Laine/EPA

Heightened tensions ahead of Ukraine’s weekend referendum in Crimea and stresses over China’s growth pushed world stocks to their lowest in a m(...)

Hot air? Campaigners says the agreement has been weakened unnecessarily. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

The European Parliament has finally passed long-anticipated legislation to enforce a 95g/km average carbon-dioxide limit on carmakers from 2020(...)

Former Audi Ireland managing director at the announcement of the firm’s strategic partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013

The European Parliament’s Green Party members have raised concerns about the loaning of vehicles to EU member states for official duties at a t(...)