Germany’s ideas and interests are of huge importance to the euro zone. But they should not determine everything.

Why is conventional German thinking on macroeconomics so peculiar? And does it matter? The answer to the second question is that it matters a great d(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Prof Peter Bofinger (second left) at a presentation of a report by Germany’s “five wise men” who advise the federal government on economic affairs. Also pictured is Sigmar Gabriel (left), vice-chancellor and minister for economic affairs, and the chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts Christoph M Schmidt (right). Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Life in Germany can be lonely if you’re Peter Bofinger. To paraphrase Little Britain, he’s the only Keynesian in the village.The 50-year-old economist(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: underlined the link between further solidarity for Greece with Athens ‘continuing to show responsibility for itself’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In November 2011 an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel raised hackles for claiming Europe, having swallowed Berlin’s crisis remedy, “now speaks Germa(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. “New elections will not change the agreements we have struck with the Greek government”

The German government expects Greece to stick to its EU/IMF bailout deal after a January 25th election and a possible change of government in Athens, (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with economic expert Peter Bofinger; and minister of labour and social affairs Andrea Nahles, after receiving the German Council of Economic Experts’ report.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has brushed off criticism from Germany’s so-called economic “wise men” that her policies are undermining growth in Europe’s l(...)

Press conferences of Germany’s economic advisory council are usually a sober affair. The group’s official German name, the Sachverständigenrat, is suc(...)