A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

Berlin: expects economic growth to hit 1.7 per cent this year and 1.8 per cent next year. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s economy appears to have shrugged off the Volkswagen scandal and the Paris attacks, with rising spending and steady confidence among leadin(...)

Hamburg harbour. Ifo’s business climate beat the Reuters consensus for a reading of 107.2

Business confidence in Germany improved in July after two monthly drops, a survey showed on Monday, as an agreement between Greece and its creditors (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: said she would not be blackmailed into an agreement with Athens at any price. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

Germany has said that any solution on the Greek standoff with its European creditors will have to wait until after Sunday’s referendum – and will in(...)

Germany’s federal economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was mildly critical of the ECB move. Photograph: EPA

The ECB’s bond-buying programme was greeted in Germany by isolated mild praise amid a hail of criticsim of “Draghi doping”.The euro-critical Alternati(...)

A 500 Mark note printed during the Weimar Republic.

The European Central Bank faces another moment of truth as its governors debate whether to buy up the sovereign bonds of euro zone countries to avert (...)

Ancient Greece themed fridge magnets sits for sale beside a one euro price sign at a euro store in Athens. (Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

Germany is not planning for a Greek exit from the euro zone and has not changed its policy towards Athens, chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman sai(...)

Containers are loaded onto a container ship at a shipping terminal in the harbour in Hamburg. German business confidence continues to decline. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Germany’s business climate cooled for the sixth straight month in October, pushing confidence in Europe’s largest economy to levels not seen since the(...)

Andreas Vosskuhle, presiding judge of the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, puts on his cap after the ESM verdict in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

ESM chief Klaus Regling has welcomed the dismissal by Germany’s highest court of constitutional challenges to the EU’s permanent bailout fund. (...)

Press conferences of Germany’s economic advisory council are usually a sober affair. The group’s official German name, the Sachverständigenrat, is suc(...)

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