Economist Joachim Nagel  will take charge of the euro zone’s biggest national central bank at a tense moment. Photograph:  Khalil Mazraawi/AFP via Getty Images

Germany’s new government has picked Joachim Nagel, a career central banker with ties to the ruling Social Democratic party, as the next Bundesbank chi(...)

 Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann, who is to stand down   at the end of the year, the Frankfurt-based authority said. Photograph:  John MacDougall/Getty Images

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has thrown an additional, intriguing wild card onto the negotiating table for Germany’s post-Merkel government: his(...)

The man who invented Germany’s strict limit on new public borrowing has called for a rethink, saying the country should raise billions of euro in debt to invest in new technology, fight climate change and repair its ageing infrastructure. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

The man who invented Germany’s strict limit on new public borrowing has called for a rethink, saying the country should raise billions of euro in debt(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel: facing an economic crisis.  Photograph: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

Germany had a black Christmas in 2008. Three months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, triggering the global financial crisis, the Bundesbank warn(...)

Germany’s trade surplus for 2016 rose to €252.9 billion, surpassing the previous high of €244.3 billion in 2015

Germany’s trade surplus climbed to a record high in 2016, official data showed on Thursday, days after US president Donald Trump’s top trade adviser a(...)

Berlin wonders if the Trump White House has launched a dangerous strategy of presenting itself as the best false friend of euro members who have long resented Germany’s trade surplus and what they perceive as German-friendly ECB monetary policy. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

First diesel engine emissions, now the euro. Is Germany fiddling the single currency with the same mendacity as Volkswagen did its diesel engines? Ins(...)

One economist calculates that if rates remain near zero this year, inflation will see German savers losing €36 billion. Photograph: Bloomberg

German economists called on the European Central Bank on Thursday to raise interest rates after euro zone consumer prices rose faster than expected in(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Caught off-guard by news of the Greek referendum, Germany’s risk-averse chancellor Angela Merkel adopted an unusually high-risk strategy last week and(...)

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(...)

The Volkswagen factory in Emden: The country that sells cars to the world is letting its roads, particularly in west Germany, crumble into a perilous state. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Marcel Fratzscher is a man in a hurry. When the economist took over as head of Berlin’s German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) last year, the in(...)

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