Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister: “We’re sending an international signal to show we are achieving the switch to renewables in a highly industrialised country and are setting European and international standards.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

After months of squabbling, Berlin’s ruling coalition has struck a compromise it says will square the circle on how to abandon nuclear energy without(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold emergency meetings today with German political party leaders, and parliamentarians of her Christian Democratic Unio(...)

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(...)

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

The memorial for the victims of the Distomo massacre in Greece perpetrated by Nazis during the second World War, pictured on March 26th. Germany’s economy minister branded Greece’s demand for €278.7 billion in reparations from the second World War  as ‘stupid”’ on Tuesday. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s economy minister branded Greece’s demand for €278.7 billion in reparations from the second World War as “stupid“ on Tuesday, while the Germ(...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel does not approve of binding quotas for women Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

German listed companies will be obliged to have at least 30 per cent women at non-executive board level from 2016.But the Bundestag vote, hailed as “h(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after making his speech, near German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Bundestag in Berlinon Friday. Photograph: EPA

Through gritted teeth, and for very different reasons, a comfortable majority of German parliamentarians backed a four-month extension to the Greek EU(...)