Sigmar Gabriel

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As one of 12 vice-presidents of the 751-member parliament,Mairead McGuinness has built up a high profile and is well regarded within the EPP group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness confirmed her intention to run for European Parliament president on Thursday after current president Martin Schulz announ(...)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier:   getting reluctant backing from Germany’s  conservative CDU/CSU alliance in his move towards the presidency.  Photograph: Yves Herman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a political setback by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the riv(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speach after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York, the US. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton has called on her supporters to give Republican president-elect Donald Trump “the chance to lead”, saying the property magnate was owe(...)

Germany’s minister for economic affairs Sigmar Gabriel, centre,  and his delegation arrive  at the airport in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Bernd Von Jutrczenka

Normally feisty but fruitful, trade relations between the European Union and China have become decidedly scratchy – as the two sides argue over knotty(...)

 Mairead McGuinness MEP: respected by both sides in the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for their regular plenary session at the European Parliament. While events were not as dramatic as last time, wh(...)

Chip-maker Aixtron did not say why the government had reversed its decision and the economy ministry was not immediately available for comment.

The German government has withdrawn its approval for a Chinese takeover of chip equipment maker Aixtron, throwing up an unexpected hurdle for a €670 (...)

The German constitutional court has rejected several emergency appeals against Germany’s approval of the CETA free trade agreement between the EU and Canada. Photograph: EPA/Uwe Anspach

Germany’s highest court has given the EU’s historic free-trade deal with Canada the green light in a ruling that will be a big relief to Angela Merkel(...)

Fears that Deutsche Bank might struggle to pay a multibillion US fine for misselling securities have sparked weeks of stock market turbulence. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Germany’s leading blue-chip companies are reportedly lining up to take a €5 billion stake in Deutsche Bank if the ailing Frankfurt lender needs to be (...)

Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel mocked Deutsche Bank’s version of the drama. “I don’t know whether to laugh or rage that a company that’s made a business model out of speculation has declared itself a victim of speculators,” he said. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has accused Deutsche Bank of hypocrisy over its growing financial difficulties, as the centre-left lea(...)

Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Trade,   in Bratislava: “If we do not conclude TTIP before January 19th, then there will be a natural pause.” Photograph:  Jakub Gavlak/EPA

There are increasing doubts over the future of the EU-US trade deal, after senior EU figures said the chance of reaching agreement before the end of B(...)

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