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Römerberg square in Frankfurt, where reconstructed medieval houses and buildings complementary to the historical streetscape replaced a 1970s block. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

With “Just” and “Married” signs stuck to their backs, Tobias and Stephan are celebrating their wedding in Frankfurt with an unconventional cycling tou(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

Slightly more than a tenth of workers in western Germany earn less than €8.50  an hour, compared with a quarter of workers in eastern Germany, according to data from the IWH institute. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s cabinet has agreed to a national minimum wage of €8.50 per hour - a flagship project for the Social Democrats (SPD) who share power w(...)