Members of the new German coalition government, including (from left)  Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD;  foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; defence minister Ursula von der Leyen; and CDU leader and chancellor Angela Merkel (far right). Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Asked in September how long she expected coalition negotiations to take, chancellor Angela Merkel joked that “Christmas comes sooner than you think”.A(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to keep Mr Schäuble in place as finance minister and the 71-year-old has expressed his readiness to stay. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble is on course for a second term as German finance minister with the Social Democratic Union (SPD) reportedly ready to forgo control o(...)

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel  arrives for marathon talks with the Social Democratic Party to thrash out terms for a coalition government  in Berlin last night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has clinched a coalition agreement with the Social Democrats that calls for a national minimum wage and pledges to inc(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde listens to Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/IMF.

A month after Germany’s federal election, the real battle begins: for the finance ministry on Berlin’s Wilhelmstrasse.The hulking structure of heavy g(...)

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 (...)

Peer Steinbrück in  Hamburg yesterday where he responded to claims about his SPD allies links to the NSA. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Edward Snowden was the uninvited guest in Hamburg yesterday as Social Democrat (SPD) Peer Steinbrück struggled to kick off his campaign to unseat Chan(...)

German  minister for defenceThomas De Maiziere (centre) at a recent committee of enquiry  on the Euro Hawk unmanned surveillance drone programme. Photograph: Reuters

On the “most likely to succeed Angela Merkel” list, most Berlin watchers would have given good odds to defence minister Thomas de Maizière. A M(...)

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 finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said yesterday there was a “danger that they won’t be able to open the banks again at all” in Cyprus. Photograph: Reuters

Berlin has said there is “no point crying over spilt milk” following the Cypriot rejection of an EU rescue proposal and pressed Nicosia yesterd(...)

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