A four-day week is not unprecedented in Germany’s auto industry: in the 1990s Volkswagen cut a day’s work – and 10% of salaries – to save 30,000 jobs. Photograph: Getty Images

Leading German unions have proposed introducing a four-day working week with minimal loss of pay to save jobs and head off the worst economic shocks o(...)

Croatia’s prime minister Andrej Plenkovic waves the national flag as he celebrates election victory with party members in Zagreb. Photograph: AP

Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has started talks to secure a parliamentary majority for a new government led by his conservative Croatian De(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘The claim she only ever follows public opinion is not true.’ Photograph: Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

A decade ago Angela Merkel was crowned Europe’s austerity queen for – in the eyes of hard-hit euro crisis countries – demanding cuts as her price for (...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the fact that Germany had seven million temporarily furloughed workers “shows how fragile the situation is”. Photograph: Getty

The German government has agreed a €130 billion fiscal stimulus centred on a big cut in value added tax as it scrambles to mitigate the economic damag(...)

Germany’s minister for health Jens Spahn:  ‘When you’re putting out fires, you can’t talk about reforming the fire brigade.’ Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/AFP via Getty Images

Germany’s health minister has urged the US to stay in the World Health Organization, while acknowledging that the UN body was too dependent on some of(...)

ECB president Christine Lagarde: ‘Can we respond to the economic threat which as we know is unprecedented in peacetime?’ Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

The European Union marks 70 years since the landmark first step towards integration on Saturday, at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is posing unp(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any crisis measures outside the current EU rulebook. Photograph: Andreas Gora/EPA

Angela Merkel has struggled with decisions all her life. As a 12-year-old, she spent an entire swimming lesson shivering on a diving board until, just(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus, in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to stay at home over Easter despite “cautious optimism” that movement restrictions are slowing the spread o(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has had a torrid time since becoming Angela Merkel’s anointed successor 14 months ago. Photograph:  Markus Schreiber/AP

An election in Thuringia would not normally garner much attention beyond the borders of that tiny state in eastern Germany. But the breaking of a post(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Angela Merkel: The former was seen as the candidate most likely to continue the current German chancellor’s centrist course. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters

Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is on the hunt for a new leader after just 14 months as Angela Merkel’s successor announced on(...)

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