Turkish citizens lining up outside the Turkish consulate to cast their votes in the  referendum on Monday  in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Federal prosecutor opens preliminary espionage investigation as tensions ratchet up

The gold coin known as the “Big Maple Leaf” on display at Berlin’s Bode Museum in 2010. It was stolen from the museum on Monday. Photograph: Marcel Mettelsiefen/AFP/Getty Images

Massive 100kg coin minted in Canada contained €3.7m worth of gold by market prices

State premier of Saarland Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer with Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel after their party, the CDU, emerged as the big winner in the state election. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German state poll win for Angela Merkel’s CDU bodes well for party in federal election

Crowds  attend a pro-Europe demonstration in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: Tobias Schwartz/AFP/Getty Images

Diverse crowds turn up for Pulse of Europe and March of Europe gatherings in Germany

Günter  Lubitz (Ieft), father of the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps two years ago, with air crash investigator Tim van Beveren at a press conference in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Günter Lubitz says Andreas Lubitz was not depressed and investigation evidence was flawed

 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party. Poland’s once promising relationship with the EU is in crisis . Photograph:   Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Case against EU Council president marks new low in Warsaw-Brussels relations

 Angela Merkel: As a veteran of European crises, the German chancellor knows by now how much the bloc resembles a cyclist: if it stops moving, it falls over. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

On Merkel’s watch, German view of itself has become one of vainglorious victimhood

In his inauguration speech on Wednesday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “We cannot just talk about democracy, we have to learn again to fight for it.” Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty

New head of state Steinmeier hits back at Turkey’s Erdogan over ‘Nazi practices’ remark

The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated in LGBT rainbow colours in June 2016. The Nazi-era law against homosexuality was overturned in 2002. Photograph: Joerg Carstensen

Article 175 saw more than 60,000 homosexual men prosecuted in postwar Germany

Former CEO of German bank Hypo Real Estate Georg Funke takes his seat prior to the beginning of his trial  in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Ex-HRE chief Funke accused of finessing lender’s accounts before its 2008 bailout

A migrant is covered with a thermal blanket following a sea rescue operation of refugees and migrants  near the island of Chios, Greece, in March 2017. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Gerald Knaus believes Turkish threats to cancel swap agreement with EU a bluff

Former European Parliament president and candidate for chancellor of Germany’s social democratic SPD party, Martin Schulz, after his election as new SPD leader on Sunday in Berlin. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Former European Parliament president to take on Angela Merkel in September election

Billy Telford in his Berlin office, complete with artwork by Eric Powell. “There’s a political game going on here, blaming foreigners coming here with bags of money and spending it willy-nilly.”

German banks say asking prices out of step with reality

 Steven Mnuchin: said President Trump was interested in “free and fair trade”. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/EPA

‘It is not our desire to get into trade wars,’ Trump appointee tells G20 finance ministers

 French politician Emmanuel Macron (L) with German philosopher Jürgen Habermas. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

Philosopher says threat to unity is not populists but austerity and lack of integration

US president  Donald Trump and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Fiercely pragmatic, Merkel will set aside the president’s campaign rhetoric and regular swipes at the “catastrophic error” of her refugee policy. Photographs: Jim Watson, John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor is no stranger to colourful male leaders, but US president raises the bar

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, who said it was a “disgrace” how the German union was holding travellers in the German capital to ransom. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Verdi vows to launch legal action against airline over baggage-handler dispute

German chancellor Angela Merkel  with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in February 2017: Dr Merkel has dismissed Turkish Nazi comparisons as “disqualifying themselves”. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Tensions rise between Berlin and Ankara amid Erdogan claims of ‘Nazi practices’

Protesters hold a placard with right-wing slogans against the government: Germany faces federal elections in September and pressure on the refugee situation is building. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Some fear Germany is deporting people it could use while letting less savoury ones stay

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo was alone in voting against Mr Tusk. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Other central European countries back incumbent, leaving Poland out in the cold

Memorial in Herne, Germany, to a nine-year-old boy who was stabbed to death on Monday.  Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Images

Marcel Hesse (19) arrested and admitted to killing young neighbour and a second victim

Policemen secure the area after an axe attack on passengers at the main train station in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘Psychologically disturbed’ man from former Yugoslavia injured nine in Düsseldorf station

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: The comparisons between Germany and national socialism have to stop. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Bundestag president warns Turkish vote risks leading to ‘increasingly autocratic state’

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu speaks at a campaign rally in Hamburg for upcoming Turkish referendum. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Claim ‘Nazi’ practices stop Turkish politicians speaking in Germany stirs controversy

File image of Syrian refugee Anas Modamani  and his lawyer Chan-jo Jun outside the district court in Wuerzburg, southern Germany. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Anas Modamani sought injunction against site over faked posts linking him to terrorism

Andrea Nahles:  Germany’s labour minister pledged more dole payments for those who avail of new training programmes. Photograph: EPA/Oliver Weiken

Centre-left party to fix past ‘mistakes’, including dole payments to older workers

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: At a rally in Istanbul on Sunday, Turkey’s president   said hindering appearances by his ministers at Turkish rallies in Germany was “no different” to tactics used by the Nazis. Photograph: Murat Cetin Muhurdar/AFP/Getty Images

Row comes as German mayors cancel rallies over appearances by Turkish ministers

Chancellor Angela Merkel with president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi. If Tichy’s readership can agree on one thing, it’s that there’s a special place in hell for the ECBank, whose zero per cent monetary policy is financial sleight of hand: sustaining a failed single currency by firing inflation and endangering Germans’ nest eggs. Photograph: Getty Images

Journalist behind venture says magazine a backlash against political paternalism

Gaggenau’s mayor Michael Pfeiffer outside the  city hall,  cordoned off by police following a bomb threat, a day after the mayor blocked a rally by Turkey’s justice minister. Photograph:  Uli Deck/Getty Images

President Joachim Gauck questions Turkey’s democratic credentials in escalating row

Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim  holds a rally   in Oberhausen,   Germany, in February 2017:  Berlin has long been wary of political rallies since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in 2010, warned supporters in Cologne that assimilation into German culture was a “crime against humanity”. Photograph: Ascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign minister says Turkish visitors are welcome but electioneering events are not

The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1990, which paved the way for the unification of East and West Germany. Photograph:  Michael Probst/Reuters

Results of ‘reminiscence therapy’ have exceeded expectations in senior residence

SPD leader Martin Schulz and Natascha Kohnen, secretary general of the SPD in Bavaria, at the SPD gathering in Vilshoven, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/EPA

SPD leader’s Ash Wednesday address in Bavaria delights drinkers

People demonstrate for the release of Deniz Yücel, Turkey correspondent of German newspaper Die Welt who is in custody of the Turkish police.  Photograph: afp photo

Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the move as ‘disproportionate . . . bitter and disappointing’

 Some 450 police carried out raids on Fussilet 33 mosque organisers’ homes and businesses in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Fussilet 33 mosque was visited by Anis Amri hours before Christmas market truck attack

Police officers guard a car in front of a business building in Heidelberg, western Germany, where a driver ploughed into pedestrians before being shot by police on Saturday. Photograph: Rene Priebe/EPA

Twitter trolls fabricate refugee connection after German driver kills pedestrian

Lawyer for Handi H (with face covered)  disputed that participation in such a race amounted to an intention to kill.   Photograph: Gregor Fischer/AFP/Getty Images

Race involving two men on city boulevard ended in crash in which motorist was killed

Scorching analysis: Martin Schulz diagnoses Germany’s ills in Bielefeld. Photograph: Friso Gentsch/AFP/Getty

Martin Schulz has engineered Germany’s biggest political upset in years – and could now challenge Merkel’s grip on the chancellors(...)

 An aircraft is  prepared so it can take deportees   Afghanistan from  the airport at Munich in Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/EPA

New rules allow for expedited deportations of applicants viewed as a security threat

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker: Mr Kenny said it was a Government priority that the 1998 agreement was “not damaged in any way”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Call for Brexit deal to follow German example on unification ‘were it to occur’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker at a joint news conference following their meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

‘The Good Friday agreement is like a poem, it speaks for itself’ – Jean Claude Juncker

European Stability Mechanism chief Klaus Regling said Greece would “stand on its own feet” from 2018. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Merkel and Lagarde agree Greece needs ‘greater flexibility’ on budget targets

Norbert Lammert: “The fact that we’d prefer things quieter and cosier is no excuse not to tackle the challenges we face in Europe.” Photograph: Stefanie Loos/AFP/Getty Images

Norbert Lammert: ‘Everyone has their own interests that are important to them’

Martin Schulz of Germany’s Social Democrat Party (SPD)   who is challenging Angela Merkel for the chancellor. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Candidate for German chancellor pulls SPD party to neck-and-neck with Merkel’s CDU

Colm Tóibín: “Return to Montauk” tells of a novelist whose New York book promotion tour turns into a trip down memory lane. Photograph: Frank Miller

Collaboration with Schlöndorff in running for Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival

Angela Merkel  testifies on Thursday before the German parliamentary inquiry. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor the final witness in three-year parliamentary probe into whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about surveillance(...)

Rex Tillerson and Sergei Lavrov: The US secretary of state and his Russian counterpart agreed to fight terrorism in Syria and other other countries where “terrorism has put down roots”. Photograph: EPA/Friedemann Vogel

Donald Trump’s secretary of state says Russia expected to honour Ukraine peace deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian prime minister Youssef Chahed lay flowers at the site of the Christmas market attack in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor and Tunisian leader seek common ground while visiting market attack site

Björn Höcke, head of the far-right AfD party in the eastern state of Thuringia, who faces expulsion from the party after calling for a “180-degree shift” in how Germany remembered its past. Photograph: Hendrik Schmidt/AFP/Getty

Regional leader Höcke calls process of coming to terms with fascist past ‘silly’

New German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is congratulated by  drag Queen Olivia Jones after the election. Germany’s former foreign minister is in the centre-left Social Democrats party. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Country can shake off post-war insecurity and ‘give others courage’, says Social Democrat

Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Taking a leaf from Donald Trump, the leader of Poland’s ruling PiS party is in full pursuit of a conservative counter-revolution. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jaroslaw Kaczynski endorses ideological view that the real world is ‘very brutal’

An art installation entitled Monument, created with three buses propped up vertically by Syrian-German artist Manaf Halbouni, which is  adjacent to the Frauenkirche church in Dresden, Germany. The artwork is a reminder of barriers made of buses in the streets of Aleppo, Syria,  that aimed to protect people from sniper fire.  Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Syrian-German artist evokes Aleppo - but far-right says work overshadows WWII dead

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo and Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outline their vision for the EU at a joint address. Photograph: EPA

Brexit dominates Taoiseach’s visit to Poland along with bilateral trade valued at €3bn

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with Supt David Taylor and Supt Pat McCabe at Templemore. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach: ‘You cannot have a country if everyone against whom allegations are made has to step aside’

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish premier Beata Szydlo. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty

Poland’s close ties to Ireland emphasised over differences on EU treaty change

Poland’s prime minister, Beata Szydlo,  and  Angela Merkel  review a guard of honour in Warsaw on Tuesday at the start of the German chancellor’s visit to Poland. Photo: AP/Czarek Sokolowski

On Warsaw visit, Merkel voices concerns over rule of law under Law and Justice party

 Mr Anas Modamani  has filed suit against Facebook in a regional court, accusing the social network of aiding incitment by spreading posts with false claims he was an Islamist terrorist.

Injunction sought against social media firm and users who uploaded fake claims

 Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union: The German chancellor  won the Bavarian party’s endorsement to run for a fourth term, removing a potential source of conflict within the alliance ahead of elections in September. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German chancellor predicts ‘the most difficult election that I have experienced to date’

Berlin wonders if the Trump White House has launched a dangerous strategy of presenting itself as the best false friend of euro members who have long resented Germany’s trade surplus and what they perceive as German-friendly ECB monetary policy. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Berlin refutes Trump camp suggestion it may be manipulating euro for national gain

Anti-Semitism: as Hitler legalised the exclusion of Jews from German life, Irish civil servants warned ministers of policies that would create a “surplus” of Jews in Ireland. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

Jews fleeing Hitler faced, in Dublin, a government that often saw them as an unwelcome burden, according to new research

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) meets US secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the Department of State in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel stresses equal rights on Library of Congress visit

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, walk past a portrait of Turkish Republic founder Kemal Atatuerk at the presidential palace in Ankara. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

German chancellor stresses importance of democratic opposition during visit to Ankara

Barberini is financed and filled with art by billionaire Hasso Plattner (pictured left) with museum director Dr Ortrud Westheider in front of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, 1914–1917

The Barberini Museum in Postsdam is the latest venue in a stunning list of new concert halls and museums

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, reminded DonaldTrump of US obligations to accept people seeking asylum on humanitarian grounds. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Berlin has vowed to examine consequence of Trump’s executive order for people with dual US-German citizenship

Martin Schulz: The imminent leader of Germany’s Social Democrats favours a “liberal but not stupid” approach to refugees and dismisses Donald Trump as “outrageous and dangerous”. Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

New SPD leader promises to restore ‘fairness’ as he gets ready to take on Merkel

An outspoken head of state from 1994 to 1999, Roman  Herzog is best remembered for warning in 1997: “Germany needs a jolt”. Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects at  his state funeral this week. Photograph: Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images

Hitler anniversary sees US president walk similar line between leadership, seduction, entrapment

Visitors at the  Sachsenhausen memorial of a former Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg near Berlin, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photograph:  Maurizio Gambarini/AFP

Historians point to facts as some draw parallels between Donald Trump and Hitler

Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen delivers his inaugural speech at the Federal Assembly in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Former Green leader Alexander Van der Bellen defeated far-right candidate

Marie Collins, survivor of clerical child abuse: “Looking back is alright if you’re only looking back at others. But if you have to look back at yourself, that is the hardest thing.”

‘It wasn’t just priests or politicians who kept Catholic Ireland alive. It was also us, the Irish people’

The new  leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Martin Schulz  smiles next to his predecessor, Sigmar Gabriel, at a party meeting in the Bundestag on Wednesday.  Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Former European Parliament president succeeds Sigmar Gabriel after resignation

According to Swedish media reports, up to 200 people watched  the attack on the 30 year-old woman. One woman called the police. Photograph: Getty

20,000 people are members of group where stream was broadcast online on Sunday

A passenger walkway outside Berlin Brandenburg International Willy Brandt Airport in Schoenefeld, in May 2016. The airport, which was due to open in 2010, is also hugely over budget.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Berlin Letter: Berlin Brandenburg International Airport has hit repeated obstacles

Martin Schulz  with  Angela Merkel:  The former European Parliament president has been proposed to replace Sigmar Gabriel as head of the SPD, best able to challenge  the chancellor in Germany’s September  elections. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel quits, proposing ex-European Parliament head as successor

German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of “Banks of the Seine at Jeufosse, Autumn” by Claude Monet during the official opening of the Barberini museum in Potsdam, near Berlin, on Friday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka

German leader sends senior officials to New York to sound out the Trump team

Timon (12) and Max (9) play with an animal view helmet by artists Denis Connolly and Anne Cleary at the announcement of plans for Biotopia, the  natural history museum  at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich. Photograph: Robert Gongoll

From Dublin’s Science Gallery to director of the Biotopia natural history centre in Bavaria

Front National leader Marine Le Pen and Alternative für Deutschland co-leader Frauke Petry:   meeting  between the two sparked  dissent in the German party

Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders among leaders attending event hosted by AfD

Volkswagen is challenging a court order to refund money to a customer. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German court orders full purchase price of Skoda Yeti to be refunded to customer

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “the single market will soon be endangered if it emerges that you can get full access even by picking certain things out.” Photograph: Odd Andersen

Leading Berlin government officials rubbish speech as ‘cherry-picking’

    National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) chairman:  A court in Baden-Württemberg deemed the party  too weak and disorganised to pose a risk. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty

Critics of NPD ban application say Alternative für Deutschland poses far greater threat

BMW has said  it has  a US plant that employs 70,000 people who turned out 411,000 cars in 2016, more than at its main plant in Bavaria. file photograph: Getty Images

President-elect floated idea of hitting BMW with 35% charge on cars it builds in Mexico

Donald Trump: Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a “catastrophic error” allowing undocumented refugees into Germany. Photograph: PA

President-elect vows to bring back taxable income from giant US firms based in Ireland

British chancellor Philip Hammond has said Britain may be forced to change its economic model if it is locked out of the single market after Brexit. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

German politicians angered by threat to use corporate tax as a form of leverage in talks

Berlin minister for housing Andrej Holm: he volunteered to join the Stasi at the age of 14. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Move leaves state government in crisis as Left Party threatens to leave coalition

Berlin state secretary for housing, Andrej Holm. His appointment has sparked a debate because he signed up for the Stasi shortly before the Berlin Wall came down. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Secretary for housing Andrej Holm’s Communist past has come back to haunt him

Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas (above) has admitted police and intelligence errors contributed to the Berlin Christmas market attack last month. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Justice minister orders inquiry into decentralised surveillance of attacker Anis Amri

US soldiers arrive in Zagan, Poland, as part of Nato deployment in response to Russia’s stand-off with Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. Photograph: Anna Krasko/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

‘Operation Atlantic Resolve’ a response to Russian aggression against Ukraine

 Jaroslaw Kaczynski: The leader of the Law and Justice party  dismissed the opposition blockade as a violation of democratic norms. Photograph: EPA/Bartlomiej Zborowski

Government stands firm as opposition parties call budget illegal and demand new vote

Refugees from Syria in Julbach, Austria, near the Austrian-German border. Germany reported  a big drop last year in the numbers seeking asylum. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

‘Federal government and European measures have kicked in’, bringing down numbers

Germany’s deputy chancellor and economics minister Sigmar Gabriel with the chancellor, Angela Merkel. Photograph: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty

Germany’s Social Democrat leader has decided to contest chancellorship, says ‘Bild’

Anas Modamani and Angela Merkel at Berlin’s AWO Refugium Askanierring shelter for migrants on September 10th, 2015. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Facebook post falsely claimed Anas Modamani set fire to Berlin homeless man

This CCTV footage shows Anis Amri in Brussels North railway station on December 21st, two days after he drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people. Photograph: Belgian Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office via AP

Anis Amri was one of ‘dangerous persons’ who can’t be arrested under current law

Maj Gen Timothy McGuire, deputy commander of US forces in Europe, at the  unloading of US military vehicles from a transport ship in the harbour at Bremerhaven, northwestern Germany, on Friday. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of troops moved with military equipment to Nato’s eastern border

In private, Berlin officials insist they are well informed about Irish concerns and will work to give them due prominence in the difficult divorce talks ahead. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says ‘people will not accept the return of a hard Border’

Suspected jihadist Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri, in a still from a video pledging allegiance to Isis. Photograph: AFP

Prosecutors say the man met Amri in a restaurant the evening before the attack

German interior minister Thomas de Maizière fears Islamic State will exploit the country’s decentralised structure. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Laws decentralising power, created to guard against Nazism, obstruct fight on terrorism

A memorial to victims of the December 19th terror attack at a Christmas market on January 3rd, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Christmas market suspect known in western Germany but details not passed to capital

Police officers surround a group of men in front of the main station in Cologne, western Germany, last weekend. Photograph: Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP

German officers targeted young north African men after last year’s sexual assaults

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Most Germans say she is their best bet to lead them into an uncertain future. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Reuters

Even the chancellor is shifting to the right as her third term comes to a close

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Her 2017 re-election will be  tricky, holding the political centre while roping  in both younger, urban voters and those small town right-wingers looking to the AfD. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The chancellor’s grip on power is still tight, though not nearly as steady as in the past

Protesters with a picture of Andrzej Rzeplinski, the outgoing head of Poland’s constitutional court, at an anti-government rally in front of the court  in Warsaw. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Warsaw Letter: Country’s ruling PiS party is accused of trampling over the constitution

Like many of Germany’s bridges, the Leverkusen Bridge in Cologne is in dire need of repair

Spending crisis sees bridges slip from needing serious repairs to being public danger

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