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Gerhard Schröder (left) proved shy, but Franz Müntefering was prepared to take a post-match shower with political rival Angela Merkel. Photograph: Reuters

By the sedate standards of German politics, election night 2005 was a cracker.Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) finished one percentage point (...)

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(...)

Bernd Lucke, head of Eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany, arriving for a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s new Eurosceptic party has launched its election campaign by suggesting France should leave the euro and that Ireland was bullied into accept(...)

A screen grab of’s home page shows a letter posted by the website’s owner, Ladar Levison. Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down abruptly on Thursday amid a legal fight that appeared to involve US government attempts to win access to customer information.  Photograph: Reuters/

There’s no music and no dancing at these parties. Instead you will find up to 15 people hunched over their laptops, anxious to keep their email from p(...)

All change: Enda Kenny and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels last year. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

From Ulysses readings to rousing renditions of Raglan Road, there is little that Dan Mulhall hasn’t done to keep the tricolour flying in Germany. Duri(...)

Peer Steinbrück in  Hamburg yesterday where he responded to claims about his SPD allies links to the NSA. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Edward Snowden was the uninvited guest in Hamburg yesterday as Social Democrat (SPD) Peer Steinbrück struggled to kick off his campaign to unseat Chan(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: “I see [publishing monthly minutes] as a necessary next step, therefore the ECB executive board will present a proposal for discussion and decision at the governing council.” Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has backed a move to publish minutes of its monthly governing council meetings rather than locking them u(...)

From tomorrow, anyone who cannot find a suitable childcare space in Germany for their under-threes within 5km of their home can sue their local authority  to secure one. Photograph: Reuters

Tomorrow is T-Day in Germany. After six years and €12 billion, August 1st is the launch date for a new law guaranteeing state-subsidised childcare for(...)

German president Joachim Gauck expressed concerns that foreign intelligence services flouted German citizens’ constitutional right of ownership over their private data. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German president Joachim Gauck has warned that widespread US surveillance of European communications poses a “danger for democracy”.Revelations by NSA(...)

European  commissioner Viviane Reding had expressed concerns that Prism had exposed a possible “loophole”. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has dismissed a complaint that the Irish subsidiaries of Facebook and Apple breached EU law by sharing da(...)

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