Germany’s sprawling industrial sector is suffering its steepest downturn for a decade, underlining how the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is sputtering.

Germany’s sprawling industrial sector is suffering its steepest downturn for a decade, underlining how the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

A watch tower of East German border soldiers at the Berlin Wall memorial on Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany. On November 9th Germany will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall  in 1989. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

"German unity at state level is completed. The unity of the Germans …was not completed on October 3rd 1990, nor is it to this day". Chancellor Angela (...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU): her future as party chairwoman and candidate for chancellor is in doubt following poor state election results.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern T(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal was likely to pass in Westminster. File photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes it is “more likely than unlikely” the House of Commons will pass a Brexit deal. He also said the risk of (...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, greets supporters during a major rally of European nationalist and far-right parties. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo/Reuters

Voters go to the polls across the EU from Thursday for elections to the European Parliament that reflect a continent largely politically in step, deba(...)

German economy minister Peter Altmaier launching the national industry strategy for 2030 in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister, has called for the creation of a state investment fund that would step in to pre-empt foreign takeovers of(...)

German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union Angela Merkel and party members at a leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin. Photograph:  John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s coalition crisis escalated on Sunday as chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies struggled to accept last week’s Brussels refugee agreemen(...)

  Andrea Nahles  after she was elected SPD  leader in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Germany’s oldest political party, the Social Democrats (SPD), made history on Sunday by electing its first woman leader in 155 years, Andrea Nahles (4(...)

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