Yesterday’s results indicate the AfD picking up support from across the political spectrum. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is heading for double-digit support in two eastern state elections yesterday, scarcely a year(...)

Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel: says he has pulled brake on a lax arms export regime. Photograph:  EPA/Hannibal Hanschke

A century after the Asgard sailed into Howth harbour with a shipment of 900 Mauser rifles, German arms are as popular as ever. Too popular, if you ask(...)

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(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior Bundestag figures in Berlin have said the ESM bailout fund’s new power to recapitalise banks – in the future and retroactively – is a political(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Kenny will today address a meeting of the economic council of Dr Merkel’s CDU party.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Berlin today he will be reminded how, in fashion as in politics, déjà vu keeps coming round again. First, he open(...)

After some hesitation, Angela Merkel has come out as a vocal Juncker supporter. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The EU’s current stasis is well summed up by Germany’s election-night truism: “Nach der Wahl ist vor der Wahl” – after the vote is before the vote.Tho(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president just three days after declining to do so in Brussels.(...)

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 Chancellor Angela Merkel votes on an amendment to pension regulations proposed by the Left party in the Bundestag on Friday.  Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Of the many accusations flung at Germany’s pension reform, the one that stuck fast as it sailed through the Bundestag yesterday was “verschlimmbess(...)