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Notwithstanding her angry protestations about US “Cold War” bugging tactics, the German public is not altogether convinced at Chancellor Angela Merkel(...)

Losing Oskar Lafontaine robs Germany’s Left Party of an experienced campaigner ahead of September’s general election. Photograph: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

For 40 years Oskar Lafontaine was, depending on your politics, a German left-wing hero or unpredictable bogeyman. He survived a knife attack, beat ca(...)

Cars driving along a highway in Berlin, Germany. The German Social Democrats (SPD) are proposing a nationwide limit of 120 km/h on all highways. Germany, in contrast to the rest of Europe, still has no speed limit on many portions of its large highways. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

There are many rites of passage in Germany, such as encountering public nudity in parks or open-ended drinking in pubs. But none is quite as ha(...)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who owns a sausage factory in addition to his role as president of Bayern Munich, made a €3 million tax payment after failing to declare properly the interest income earned on funds held in a Zurich bank. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

From butcher’s son to Bayern Munich mastermind, football manager Uli Hoeness was a modern-day hero in Germany. But cracks have appeared (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said continued support for crisis-hit countries was essential to stabilise the euro but insisted that(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

heir first reaction to the €10 billion Cypriot bailout deal today, amid fear that the deal could spark contagion across the euro zone. (...)

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 (...)

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