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German chancellor Angela Merkel: facing political pressure in Berlin to demand fiscal concessions from Ireland in exchange for granting extra time to repay crisis loans. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing political pressure in Berlin to demand fiscal concessions from Ireland in exchange for granting extra(...)

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder: Even I learned in my term of office that Germany can only lead in Europe the way hedgehogs make love: very carefully.” Photograph: Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder has broken his golden rule since retiring from politics and come out in defence of his little-loved succe(...)

France’s finance minister Pierre Moscovici (left), IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, and Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble  at  a Eurogroup meeting  in Brussels.  Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed yesterday’s agreement with Cyprus for sparing taxpayers with (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel said she understood people “shaking their heads at some pay packages”. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised excessive managerial pay, triggering speculation she is pursuing a secon(...)

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder addresses a news conference following a Social Democratic (SPD) parliamentary faction meeting in Berlin, March 12, 2013. In a return to the national political stage, Schroeder criticised his successor Angela Merkel for failing to build on his welfare reforms and raising Berlin's euro zone crisis bill by acting too slow and too late. The 68-year old Schroeder, a Social Democrat, has kept a low profile since being beaten by Merkel in a tight election in 2005, giving the occasional interview but largely staying out of the national limelight. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-SCHROEDER/       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)

Though no stranger to purple prose, Der Spiegel (...)

Mr Steinbrück, Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for this year’s German general election, awaits the start of a party board meeting in Berlin last week. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany ’s opposition Social Democrats have revived the idea of shared sovereign liability among euro zone members, saying it “can no longer be(...)

The Christian Democrats, led by German chancellor Angela Merkel, is set to remain as Germany’s largest party despite growing support for anti-euro groups in the country. Photograph: Reuters.

One in four Germans would vote in September's federal election for a party that wants to quit the euro, according to an opinion poll published (...)

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