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 German chancellor Angela Merkel  and US president Donald Trump at  the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada on Friday. Photograph:  Clemens Bilan/EPA

 German chancellor Angela Merkel has described as “sobering and a bit depressing” US president Donald Trump’s collapse of the G7 meeting via Twit(...)

The US in March imposed levies of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium imports, giving some regions, including the EU, a temporary reprieve that will expire on June 1st.

The European Union is seeking a last-minute deal with the US to avoid inflaming global trade tensions as President Donald Trump prepares to impose tar(...)

Mário Centeno: encouraged by German signals. Photograph: Bloomberg

New Eurogroup chief Mário Centeno has called for concrete progress on euro zone reform by June, welcoming “encouraging” signals from Berlin on this fr(...)

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(...)

cting finance minister Peter Altmaier told the German parliament Ireland had fulfilled all conditions of its EU/IMF programme and was part of a rescue “success story” that included Spain and Portugal.

After a heated Bundestag debate, Germany voted yesterday to back Ireland’s request to restructure crisis-era loans and save the exchequer an estimated(...)

Swiss minister for the economy Johann Schneider-Ammann  and Estonian finance minister Toomas Tõniste at an EU finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/ Reuters

The publication of the Paradise Papers will give an important impetus to EU plans to blacklist and act against states which persist in acting as tax h(...)

 Hannelore Kraft of the Social Democratic closes her eyes as she steps down after the state election in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on  Sunday. Photograph: Martin Meissner

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party decisively won an election in Germany’s most populous state on Sunday, handing her Social Democratic opponents a humi(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte whose  governing centre-right VVD party easily beat the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders in an election. Photograph: EPA

Dutch centre-right prime minister Mark Rutte scored a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offeri(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: meetings with Donald Tusk, François Hollande and Matteo Renzi today. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel hosts a mini-summit in Berlin today to sound out post-Brexit EU options in a bid to de-escalate demands for London’s (...)

Greece may bring more to the table in negotiations for a debt deal with its creditors, a close aide to the prime minister said on Saturday, as time ru(...)

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