German chancellor Angela Merkel said “it would lack credibility to rule out” a repeat of her first term alliance from 2005 to 2009. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

German chancellor Angela Merkel has conceded that a second grand coalition with the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) is a credible option after a fed(...)

Supporters of German chancellor Angela Merkel hold up signs with her nickname during an election campaign rally  in Luebeck yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has launched her attempt for a third term as German leader by warning voters that Europe must break its addiction to d(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “We have great data protection laws in Germany but if Facebook is based in Ireland, then Irish law applies. And so we need a unified European [data protection] regulation.” Photograph: Reuters/Johannes Eisele/Pool

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for US internet companies based in Ireland, including Google and Facebook, to explain with whom they share (...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel speaks at a summit of the CDU and the CSU to present their election policy programme. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

While demanding savings and reform around Europe, German chancellor Angela Merkel has launched her campaign for a third term with a manifesto promisin(...)

The stumbling campaign of Social Democrats challenger for German chancellor Peer Steinbrück has seen his party drop well below 30 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Leading figures from Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have voiced concern that Chancellor Angela Merkel may win September’s general election(...)

Cars driving along a highway in Berlin, Germany. The German Social Democrats (SPD) are proposing a nationwide limit of 120 km/h on all highways. Germany, in contrast to the rest of Europe, still has no speed limit on many portions of its large highways. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

There are many rites of passage in Germany, such as encountering public nudity in parks or open-ended drinking in pubs. But none is quite as ha(...)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who owns a sausage factory in addition to his role as president of Bayern Munich, made a €3 million tax payment after failing to declare properly the interest income earned on funds held in a Zurich bank. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

From butcher’s son to Bayern Munich mastermind, football manager Uli Hoeness was a modern-day hero in Germany. But cracks have appeared (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said that at EU level he would push for an automatic financial information exchange between member states. Photograph: Eric Luke

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has led calls for leaked information on offshore tax havens to be handed over to national tax authori(...)

“It was the Irish government that imposed the farthest-reaching guarantee for its banking system at the start of the crisis – on its own initiative,” said German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

On a dismal Tuesday night, 600 Berliners have braved the snow and a bitter, Siberian wind to fill the Deutsches Theater. Six bankers prowl the (...)

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