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Angela Merkel: approved a coalition pact this week that strengthens workers’ rights, introduces a minimum wage, augments pension rights, and further bolsters regulation in the housing market. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It took five weeks to negotiate, including a final, 17-hour session that ended on Wednesday morning, and runs to 185 pages but the coalition deal agre(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan walks past Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos  and European economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn during a euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ireland’s decision to exit the IMF-EU rescue programme without the help of a precautionary credit line does not affect its ability to access the Europ(...)

Social Democratic Party general  secretary Andrea Nahles: said her party would “in future rule out no coalitions, except with far-right parties”. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has ended a two-decade political taboo and embraced the idea of entering a coalition with the hard-left Lin(...)

Norbert Lammert is presented with flowers by German chancellor Angela Merkel after his re-election on Tuesday as president of the Bundestag. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany’s shrunken political opposition have sounded the alarm that, unless Bundestag rules are changed, they will have little to say in the new Berli(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) party said three donations made by the BMW family on October 9th and totalling €690,000 ‘have no connection to any political decisions’. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German opposition parties have accused Angela Merkel of pandering to the car lobby, after her conservatives received major donations from the family t(...)

Members of Germany’s conservative (CDU/CSU) parties arrive for preliminary coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at the Parliamentary Society in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are steering towards a second grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) after (...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel: seeking a coalition partner with whom to form a majority government coalition. Photograph: Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s opposition Social Democrats threw up a new potential obstacle to a “grand coalition” government with Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday ahea(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore should make it clear interference in Ireland’s corporation tax regime  would be ‘unacceptable’.

The German Social Democratic (SPD) party will continue to push the issue of corporate taxation across Europe when government coalition talks with Ange(...)

Former senator Dan Boyle said he didn’t believe that the constitution should be changed on foot of a referendum with a low turnout by the electorate. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

A former Green Party TD has called on the government to introduce legislation to set a minimum threshold for voter turnout in referendums to change(...)

Labour’s Pat Rabbitte canvassing in a Dublin shoe shop during the 2011 general election. A  9 per cent support level in Dublin would see Labour’s seat tally tumble into low single figures in the next general election. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin is an electoral roulette wheel. Nowhere else in the country can a party’s fortunes vary so dramatically. A bonanza of seats in one election can(...)

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