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German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and labour minister Ursula von der Leyen leaving the plenum of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German analyst and investor sentiment fell sharply in April, hit by fears that a deterioration of the euro zone crisis and a global slowdown, l(...)

Germany’s finqance minister Wolfgang Schauble, with counterparts Pierre Moscovici of France and George Osborne of the United Kingdom in Dublin Castle.Photograph: Alan Betson

In the euro crisis, Berlin has wielded three instruments of torment to extract political concessions from EU partners. T(...)

German police carry barriers in front of the Munich regional court where the trial of  Beate Zschaepe, a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) is due to take place this week. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

A Munich court said today it would postpone the start of the trial of a suspected neo-Nazi until May after Germany's Constitutional Court ruled(...)

After two days of talks between European finance ministers in Dublin Castle, it is clear that the euro zone powers expect Ireland to exit the b(...)

A report to the Dublin meeting of European finance ministers (Ecofin) on Friday warns productivity in the EU has been falling since 2007, and r(...)

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, with his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar,  at the informal meeting of Ecofin ministers at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU finance ministers agreed in December to create a single supervision mechanism (SSM) for euro zone banks, which would see national sup(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

For five years, Angela Merkel has invoked one adjective to push through her euro crisis strategy against growing domestic resistance: (...)

The ICIJ has collaborated with reporters from newspapers in the UK, France, Germany and the US to crack secrets behind more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and almost 130,000 individuals and agents.

Sitting on the floor of Gerard Ryle’s Washington DC office is a pile of letters. The room has the look of somewhere that has seen plenty of lat(...)

Syrian army soldiers  prepare for an offensive in Aleppo’s Liramoun area yesterday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

The Group of Eight foreign ministers meeting in London yesterday continued to disagree over Syria, calling for greater humanitarian aid for the(...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem: president of the eurogroup, in his alma mater UCC yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Standing in the 19th-century Aula Maxima hall in University College Cork, Jeroen Dijsselbloem is in reminiscent mode. “This wonderful hall I’ve(...)

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