Martin Schulz

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 Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party  in Germany. He said Ireland was complicit in allowing companies such as Apple to avoid billions of euro in tax. Photograph:   EPA/Hayoung Jeon

There has scarcely been a more dramatic week in Anglo-Irish relations for many years, but an agreement was finally reached between London and the EU o(...)

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

SPD leader Martin Schulz also gives the thumbs up to a new European finance minister to combat tax evasion. Photograph: Reuters

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at the Republic and criticised US technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, say(...)

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) not to drag out talks for a fresh grand coalition, a week after the failure of(...)

Angela Merkel  of the Christian Democratic Union talks to the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Martin Schulz. Photograph: Christian Bruna

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has seen a lot in more than 150 years – but nothing quite like the political crisis gripping Berlin since Sund(...)

A man faces off with a Spanish Civil Guard officer outside a polling station for the Catalan independence referendum in Sant Julià de Ramis, Spain. Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea

Spain’s relationship with Catalonia was stretched to breaking point on Sunday, as the central government’s attempts to prevent a controversial indepen(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during an EU  summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

A week on from the federal vote, it’s out with the German election posters and in with the veils for the ritual mating dance. Grabbing power in Berli(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as the  first exit poll results are announced in the German federal election. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

After a lacklustre campaign comes a result that will probably produce a government of continuity, not of rupture. But make no mistake: changes are afo(...)

ZEW Center for European Economic Research’s index of investor expectations rebounded in September ahead of expectations. Photograph: iStock

German investor confidence rose for the first time in four months in a sign that concern over the risk to growth from the strengthening euro is subsid(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th. Photograph: John MacDougall/Reuters

Any decision permanently to suspend long-running but stalled Turkish EU accession talks would be one for the union’s heads of government, a spokesman (...)

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