Martin Schulz: change of heart was backed by delegates at an SPD party congress earlier this month. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s Social Democrats have agreed to hold exploratory talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, marking a significan(...)

Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday after shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding. Photograph: Reuters

A first round of formal talks for the sale of insolvent German airline Air Berlin’s assets will be held with its bigger local rival Lufthansa on Frida(...)

Germany’s  environment minister Barbara Hendricks answers journalists’ questions on her recent  tour of Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg. Photograph: Reuters/Natasha Zekry

Seven weeks before they face re-election, German politicians have performed a remarkable handbrake turn in the growing Dieselgate scandal. After a tw(...)

VW Touareg: likely to face a road ban

Germany has warned that the VW Touareg is likely to face a road ban because its on-board software manipulates emissions, days after a ban on the new P(...)

Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg. Multibillion-euro settlements over the emissions scandal will rob German car companies of R&D funds. Photograph:Michael Sohn/AP

A Berlin equivalent of Fianna Fáil’s notorious – and defunct – Galway races tent is the summer party of the VDA, the lobby group of Germany’s carmaker(...)

An aerial view shows the place of the incident  on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, Germany, Monday July 3, 2017. Photograph:  Bodo Schackow/dpa via AP)

German politicians have called for an overhaul of transport laws after claims that “rubbernecking” drivers may have cost lives by blocking emergency v(...)

Forensic experts work at the scene where a tour bus burst into flames following a collision with a trailer truck on the highway A9 near Münchberg, southern Germany. Photogaph: Nicolas Armer/AFP/Getty

German crash investigators say a bus that caught fire on Monday morning, killing 18 passengers, may have been burning before it collided with an artic(...)

Diesel cars and SUVs had almost 66 per cent market share in western Europe six years ago, but that has now dipped to around 50 per cent.  Photograph: Reuters

When Germany’s minister for transport and digital infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, appeared before the press last week, his handlers insisted he co(...)

Volkswagen TDI diesel engines  in Jelah, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EU began legal action against Germany, the UK and five other member states for failing to police emissions test cheating. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The EU began legal action on Thursday against Germany, the UK and five other member states for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers (...)

Under EU law, any member nation may pass a new vehicle as fit for sale across the bloc, as the standards are the same for everyone

The Irish authorities are passing new cars as being compliant with current emissions legislation without being able to physically check those emission(...)

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