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Workers paste up election posters of German chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union and Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democratic Party. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Last night, audiences at Hamburg’s Thalia theatre watched Moby-Dick, the tale of a bullish sea captain’s tragic hunt for an elusive and enigmatic w(...)

Sony Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai presents a new Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone during it’s world premier at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin yesterday.

Sony’s chief executive Kazuo Hirai has vowed to shake off corporate complacency to put the Japanese electronics firm back in the game against archriva(...)

Peer Steinbrueck, top candidate for Chancellor of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), in the upcoming German general election.

Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded an apology from chancellor Angela Merkel after she accused them of being “unreliable” in the(...)

A worker passes concrete blocks atop a building covered with a banner depicting the hands of German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday. The banner is composed of single photographs and  is accompanied by the message: “Germany’s future in good hands.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

They’re called rallies, but Angela Merkel’s election appearances are so low-key they risk dropping out of the range of human hearing.We’re two hours s(...)

Pranav Mistry of Samsung America presents the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The tech world is going through a Dick Tracy phase, as Derek Scally describes it in today’s report from the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. W(...)

Election campaign billboards featuring SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck and German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel  in Berlin, Germany. Photograog: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German federal elections are not for the faint-of-heart – or the colour blind. For the first time in decades, when the polls open for 60 million Germa(...)

Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, stands in a courtroom at the start of his trial in the German city of Hagen. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A 92-year-old former Nazi officer appeared in a German court yesterday, accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter 70 years ago.Siert Bruins, a D(...)

Josef Ackermann, who has resigned as  chairman of Zurich Financial Services Group  after  the death by suicide of  its chief financial officer. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Swiss insurer Zurich has confirmed its finance chief Pierre Wauthier left a note addressing his reportedly fraught relationship with supervisory board(...)

A candidate in the upcoming German general election, the Green Party’s (Die Gruenen) Juergen Trittin, sits in his van before the official start of his campaign tour in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s opposition Green Party has said it was a mistake not to force Ireland to raise its corporate tax rate as part of its EU/IMF programme.Jürgen(...)

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(...)

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