News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Hamish McRae: Germany has got itself a new government, but how will it face the social challenges ahead?

The deal is a compromise, as it must be, and one that highlights sharply the tension within the country

Talking about that European elephant in the room has certainly brightened things up

Angela Merkel chose to sell herself to German voters as a master EU summit negotiator

German minister, Annette Schavan, to fight plagiarism claim

The Education Minister has yesterday that she would not resign after a university found she had plagiarised parts of her thesis, but would instead to fight the ruling.

Annette Schavan has demanded a group of external academics assess her work

Will they ever learn...? Now Berlin’s schools tsar is accused of plagiarism

Annette Schavan could become second senior German politician to be stripped of doctorate

Angela Merkel has been criticised for her uncompromising attitude

Fact File: Angela Merkel

The “world’s most powerful woman” first staked her claim to greatness in 1999, with the publication of an open letter in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It called for the Christian Democrats to reject Helmut Kohl, the retired chancellor and her former mentor, and in doing so paved the way for Angela Merkel’s eventual election as party leader.

Pastor elected as German President

Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human-rights activist from the former East Germany, was elected President yesterday.

PresidentWulff, left, with his wife Bettina, announcing his resignation yesterday. He said the nation needed someone it could trust

German President quits in loan scandal

Wulff stands down after criminal investigation begins over charges of improper favours

England's Scott Parker spent the evening stopping Andres Iniesta pick out passes to his Spain team-mate David Silva at Wembley on Saturday

Sam Wallace: England must always park the bus against top sides

It was Xabi Alonso who said it first on Saturday evening, although undoubtedly on the 15-hour flight to Costa Rica that the Spanish team were due to take it would be repeated a few more times too. "I wouldn't be surprised," Alonso said, "if England played the same way against us if we meet them at the Euros."

Police search the burnt-out house of Beate Zschäpe in Zwickau last week

'Neo-Nazi' arrested over bomb attacks

German police yesterday arrested a suspected member of a neo-Nazi terrorist gang held responsible for a hitherto unexplained series of murders and bomb attacks in which a policewoman and nine immigrant kebab stall owners were killed.

England's man of the match, Scott Parker, slides in to tackle Andres Iniesta

Sam Wallace: England should always park the bus when up against top opposition

Talking Football: What is wrong with a strategy of containment? What is wrong with being a version of Greece in 2004?

F1 chief says he rejected chance to settle case

Bernie Ecclestone defiant over UK civil action as $44m bribery trial continues in Germany

Marco Reus is attracting interest from Arsenal

Talent Scout: Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer, Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Holger Badstuber, plus Bayer Leverkusen duo André Schürrle and Lars Bender - there's no shortage of exciting German talent at the disposal of the Bundesliga's biggest names.

Business Diary: The sharp dresser on remand

More now on the Cad and the Dandy's contest to find the City's best-dressed financial services professional, which we featured earlier this week.

Force India duo still unsure of future

Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil head into this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix still sweating on their futures as a promised answer from Force India owner Vijay Mallya has yet to materialise.

The Prague Cemetery, By Umberto Eco, trans. Richard Dixon

Early in his new novel, Umberto Eco has his troubled and troubling Italian protagonist, Captain Simonini, habitué of the lower depths and grub streets of belle époque Paris, meet a certain Dr Froïde. The doctor belongs to a race Simonini is less than sympathetic to. Our anti-hero dreams about Jews nightly. They are at the very top of an obsessive hate-list on which Germans, Jesuits, Masons, French, Communists, Italians and, ever since he was rejected as a teenager, women appear in fulminating order.

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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