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Trailing six points in polls, CDU leader Armin Laschet has stepped up his attacks on the centre-left SPD. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

With two weeks to go and everything to play for, Germany’s federal election is getting emotional – and dirty. Social-media feeds of German politicia(...)

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister and SPD candidate for chancellor. File photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has accused its centre-right political rivals and current coalition partners the CDU of dirty tricks after rai(...)

The finance ministry said it had instructed Morgan Stanley to sell NatWest shares on its behalf in a scheme starting on August 12th and running until August 11th, 2022. Photograph: iStock

Britain’s government on Thursday announced a new plan to sell some NatWest shares over the next year as it looks to bring the state’s stake in the ban(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  “It was right that I mentioned Wirecard on the state visit. At the time, it was about improving access to the Chinese market.” Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel once revealed that, when reading a newspaper, she always turns first to the business pages. On Friday, as final witness at t(...)

German finance minister Olaf Scholz (centre), arrives as a witness in front of a parliamentary committee of inquiry investigating the Wirecard scandal. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

German federal finance minister Olaf Scholz has denied he carries any personal responsibility for the collapse of Wirecard, despite being the ultimate(...)

Italy’s new prime minister Mario Draghi is seen arriving for a formal swearing-in ceremony in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Mario Draghi has been sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister after forming a national unity government that faces the tough task of marshalling a reco(...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak gives an update of the economy in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

British finance minister Rishi Sunak further ramped up his £200 billion economic rescue programme on Thursday as England went into a tough new coronav(...)

Wirecard collapsed into insolvency on June 25th after admitting that about €1.9 billion in cash was missing from its accounts. Photograph:  Christof Stache

The German parliament is to hold a full inquiry into the collapse of the disgraced payments company Wirecard, in a move that will keep the affair at t(...)

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of the explosion at Beirut port. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

The explosion that killed at least 145 people, wounded 5,000 others and rendered hundreds of thousands of Beirutis homeless on Tuesday raises two fund(...)

Photograph: iStock

Britain said on Thursday it would seek to raise £110 billion pounds (€121 billion) from the bond market between September and November, taking total g(...)

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