Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier looks on as his British counterpart William Hague addresses a press conference in London. Photograph:  Reuters/Ben Stansall

Germany offered the UK some hope it may be able to renegotiate its EU membership when Berlin declined not rule out the possibility of treaty change by(...)

Catherine Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, attending a panel discussion yesterday during the Munich security conference. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

US and Iranian foreign ministers held a rare direct meeting on the fringes of the Munich security conference yesterday amid ongoing efforts to resolve(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

Passengers boarding a bus departing for western Europe at the central bus station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarians and Romanians can work freely in all EU countries, since midnight on December 31st, 2013. Photograph: Vassil Donev/Epa

Two weeks after taking office, chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners are at loggerheads over claims that Germany is facing a wave of so-cal(...)

Tayyip Erdogan: said those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer. Photograph: Osman Orsal

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan swore yesterday he would survive a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow wo(...)

Members of the new German coalition government, including (from left)  Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD;  foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; defence minister Ursula von der Leyen; and CDU leader and chancellor Angela Merkel (far right). Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Asked in September how long she expected coalition negotiations to take, chancellor Angela Merkel joked that “Christmas comes sooner than you think”.A(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to keep Mr Schäuble in place as finance minister and the 71-year-old has expressed his readiness to stay. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble is on course for a second term as German finance minister with the Social Democratic Union (SPD) reportedly ready to forgo control o(...)

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel  arrives for marathon talks with the Social Democratic Party to thrash out terms for a coalition government  in Berlin last night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has clinched a coalition agreement with the Social Democrats that calls for a national minimum wage and pledges to inc(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde listens to Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/IMF.

A month after Germany’s federal election, the real battle begins: for the finance ministry on Berlin’s Wilhelmstrasse.The hulking structure of heavy g(...)

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