Wolfgang Schäuble, who departs  the German finance ministry after eight years to become the next Bundestag president. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Greece and other former EU bailout countries may breathe a sigh of relief at reports that German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to depart his h(...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

 Angela Merkel: As a veteran of European crises, the German chancellor knows by now how much the bloc resembles a cyclist: if it stops moving, it falls over. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

With the EU gripped by crisis, European leaders gathering to mark the anniversary of the 1957 Treaty of Rome wondered if there was anything to celebra(...)

New German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is congratulated by  drag Queen Olivia Jones after the election. Germany’s former foreign minister is in the centre-left Social Democrats party. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s new president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged his country to shake off decades of post-war insecurity and embrace its new role as an “anch(...)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier:   getting reluctant backing from Germany’s  conservative CDU/CSU alliance in his move towards the presidency.  Photograph: Yves Herman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a political setback by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the riv(...)

Turkish demonstrators stage a protest outside the German Embassy in Ankara against approval of a resolution by Germany’s parliament declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide”. Photograph: Reuters

Berlin’s diplomatic row with Ankara has escalated after the Bundestag condemned claims by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that German MPs of Tu(...)

Members of the Armenian community in Germany hold up signs reading ‘Recognition now says thanks’ during a session of the Bundestag. Photograph: Reuters

German politicians declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide” in a symbolic resolution on Thursday which risks hurting rel(...)

Naming names: Jochen Gerz with one of the slabs in the Bochum church vestibule

Jochen Gerz is a lateral thinker, a self-declared subversive in the true sense. Confronted by a thorny cultural issue, he will turn it over and tra(...)

Norbert Lammert is presented with flowers by German chancellor Angela Merkel after his re-election on Tuesday as president of the Bundestag. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany’s shrunken political opposition have sounded the alarm that, unless Bundestag rules are changed, they will have little to say in the new Berli(...)