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ECB executive board member Jörg Asmussen said yesterday that any further assistance to Ireland, if granted, would come with conditions imposed by the ESM bailout fund.  Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

The European Central Bank has dismissed the idea of no-strings-attached funding to ease Ireland’s return to financial markets.ECB executive board memb(...)

 German Eurosceptics have called for  more robust, nationalist foreign policy in the tradition of Otto von Bismarck. Cartoon by Tissot. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

DEREK SCALLYin BerlinThe Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has called on Berlin to embrace a more robust, nationalist foreign policy in (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  campaigning for re-election

At first glance, Germany dodged a bullet after the Lehman Brothers collapse. While most of the continent went into a tailspin, Europe’s largest econom(...)

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has described Greece’s admission to the euro zone and Germany’s own breach of EU budget rules as key factors in the crisis gripping the zone. Photograph: Reuters

Former chancellor Helmut Kohl has described Greece’s admission to the euro zone and Germany’s own breach of EU budget rules as key factors in the cris(...)

Workers paste up election posters of German chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union and Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democratic Party. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Last night, audiences at Hamburg’s Thalia theatre watched Moby-Dick, the tale of a bullish sea captain’s tragic hunt for an elusive and enigmatic w(...)

Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai presents a new Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone during it’s world premier at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin yesterday.

Sony’s chief executive Kazuo Hirai has vowed to shake off corporate complacency to put the Japanese electronics firm back in the game against archriva(...)

Peer Steinbrueck, top candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), in the upcoming German general election.

Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded an apology from chancellor Angela Merkel after she accused them of being “unreliable” in the(...)

A worker passes concrete blocks atop a building covered with a banner depicting the hands of German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday. The banner is composed of single photographs and  is accompanied by the message: “Germany’s future in good hands.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

They’re called rallies, but Angela Merkel’s election appearances are so low-key they risk dropping out of the range of human hearing.We’re two hours s(...)

Pranav Mistry of Samsung America presents the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The tech world is going through a Dick Tracy phase, as Derek Scally describes it in today’s report from the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. W(...)

Election campaign billboards featuring SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck and German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel  in Berlin, Germany. Photograog: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German federal elections are not for the faint-of-heart – or the colour blind. For the first time in decades, when the polls open for 60 million Germa(...)

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