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The Central Bank’s pronouncement on the shambles is  that price growth is in line with economic fundamentals – this from the institution that predicted a soft landing  back in 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Imagine how Germans perceive Ireland’s quasi-relief this week that property price inflation cooled from 12.1 per cent to 11.6 per cent. Germans have (...)

Germany’s central bank raised growth projections on Friday, arguing that the economy will continue to enjoy an export-driven boom, even if its rate of(...)

Gold bars are presented at the German Central Bank in Frankfurt.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Carl-Ludwig Thiele was 11, his aunt gave him a 21-carat gold coin as a gift. “It was an incredible feeling to own it. I still have it now and can(...)

It’s not just Irish renters who are struggling to get on the property ladder. Nearly half of Europeans who do not own their own home have given up hope of ever doing so, a survey showed on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Nearly half of Europeans who do not own their own home have given up hope of ever doing so, a survey showed on Tuesday, with pessimism highest among B(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), arrives ahead of a Eurogroup meeting of European finance ministers in Luxembourg . Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The head of the European Central Bank defended a pledge to keep interest rates at rock bottom, batting back German calls for a speedy exit from years (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Marion Van Renterghem, the French biographer of Chancellor Angela Merkel and an award-winning journalist, recalls the relief and joy in Berlin when E(...)

ZEW Center for European Economic Research’s index of investor expectations rebounded in September ahead of expectations. Photograph: iStock

German investor confidence rose for the first time in four months in a sign that concern over the risk to growth from the strengthening euro is subsid(...)

A policeman near a blue tent covering a British second World War  bomb  found during construction works  in Frankfurt,  Germany. The disposal of the bomb planned for this Sunday requires the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Photograph: Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images

Frankfurt’s city centre, an area including police headquarters, two hospitals, transport systems and Germany’s central bank storing $70 billion (€58.8(...)

The economy expanded 0.6% in the second quarter and an upwardly revised 0.7% in the previous three months

German economic growth is set to exceed 2 per cent this year for the first time since 2011 amid increased momentum in manufacturing and services, a re(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

What do you get a lady for her 60th birthday when she already owns 3,381 tons of gold? Such are the first-world problems today when Germans mark the f(...)

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