Austrian police-chief of Burgenland Hans Peter Doskozil (left) and interior minister of Austria Johanna Mikl-Leitner during a news conference in Eisenstadt, Austria on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Austrian police confirm 59 men, eight women and four children suffocated in truck

Helene Fischer, the golden girl of modern German entertainment and the most succesful singer you have never heard of

Blonde Barbarella Helene Fischer is the undisputed golden girl of German language pop

Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

At least 20 found dead in an abandoned refrigeration lorry close to capital Vienna

Forensic experts investigate a truck in which 50 refugees were found dead on the road between Parndorf and Neusiedl in Austria. The driver has disappeared, according to reports. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Tragedy in Austria is a warning for us to work to resolve the migrant crisis, says Merkel

Facebook has denied its network has fanned any xenophobic flames in Germany’s refugee debate. Photograph:  Thomas Hodel/Reuters

US social network accused of failing to take effective action on anti-refugee posts

Ralph Boes, on hunger strike since July 1st in protest at Germany’s welfare system, waits it out on Pariser Platz. Photograph: Derek Scally

First launched by Gerhard Schröder, welfare reforms divide Germans

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Heidenau major Juergen Opitz and Saxony state prime minister Stanislaw Tillich after their visit to an asylum seekers’ accommodation facility in the Heidenau near Dresden, where last week more than 30 police were injured when a mob of several hundred people pelted officers with bottles and fireworks. Photograph: Reuters

German chancellor visits town of Heidenau where mob rioted over arrival of refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel who condemned violent protests against refugees that erupted over the weekend in eastern Germany. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

Many show solidarity with newcomers but ask why Germany bears brunt of crisis

German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a school in Rostock. Photograph: Steffen Kugler

Rostock event shows next generation of German voters reject her style of politics

“After all, we Irish emigrants are disenfranchised, aren’t we?” Photograph: The Irish Times

Turning blind eye may set dangerous precedent for close abortion referendum

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s president Francois Hollande present a unified front on the refugee crisis. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Merkel rounds on ‘repulsive’ neo-Nazi messages of hate after violent Saxony stand-off

A local trader throws sweets to parade onlookers before the 714th annual Stoppelmarkt, northern Germany’s biggest fair in the town of Vechta, a stronghold for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union: Photograph: Derek Scally

People in the rural west see the Chancellor and her Christian Democratic Union as the best defender of local interests

Life in politics: Angela Merkel in her office at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas IMO/Photothek via Getty
Merkel’s decade

The German chancellor has huge support and works the media well – but, after 10 years in office, can she inspire a nation during t(...)

Egon Bahr died on August 20th, aged 93. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Under Ostpolitik he retooled policy to eastern bloc away from show of military strength

German chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote as the Bundestag yesterday approved a third bailout package for Greece. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

Finance minister rows back on doubts and asks MPs to back proposal with ‘conviction’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  at the German parliament prior to a vote on another bailout package for Greece, in the German Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Expectations of a rebellion in Angela Merkel’s party fizzle out after a lively debate

The Reichstag in Berlin, where Angela Merkel’s  coalition will vote on the third Greek bailout. Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters

German chancellor urges MPs to back plan as party rebels are threatened with expulsion

‘That German banks wrecked the Irish economy is one of the most persistent legends of the crisis. German bankers lent recklessly to the innocent Irish and then sent in Angela Merkel, the Austerity Queen, to get back their bad investments.’  Photograph:  EPA/Wolfgang Kumm

‘German banks were not big lenders to Ireland’s pre-crisis domestic banking sector. British banks, US banks and offshore banks wer(...)

 Angela Merkel: ‘The issue of asylum could be the next major European project, in which we show whether we are really able to take joint action,’ she told ZDF public television. Photograph: Jürgen Detmers/AFP/Getty Images

Germany vote on Wednesday on whether to back a third aid package to Greece

HTC Vive headset

Big computer game players are ready to leap into virtual reality, gaming’s next big thing

The German chancellor’s old digs in the eastern neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg has been  thoroughly renovated since she lived there in the 1980s

City fathers have declared war on a thriving grey market which includes Angela Merkel’s old home

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: Has repeatedly stressed his reluctance to accept three more years of harsh austerity. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Rebel MPs in Bundestag resent pressure from CDU to vote Yes to package

The Ikea store in central Sweden where the knife attack occurred. Photograph: Peter Kruger/EPA

Killer struck without warning, killing two customers and seriously injuring a third

Germany’s deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel shares a light moment with residents of a refugee centre in Wolgast, Germany:  Germany accepted 202,815 asylum seekers in 2014, the most of any EU country. Photograph: Bernd Wuestneck/EPA

German deputy chancellor calls for balance, ‘otherwise Europe risks losing its humanity’

People cool off in the water at Berlin’s Wannsee lido as temperatures hit 40 degrees. Staff at the nudist area say they have  full-time job demanding that visitors either shrug off their swimsuits or move elsewhere. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Nudists fear tradition dating to the 1920s is under threat from scandalised visitors

Election of Andrzej Duda marks a shift to the right in central Europe’s largest state

The control tower at Berlin-Tegel airport, due to close when the Berlin Brandenburg International opens. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Berlin Brandenburg International meant to be €600m project but is now costing €5.4bn

Gamescom: expected to break last year’s attendance record of 335,000 after the show sold out before it even began. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Quantum Break TV series to star Shawn Ashmore and ‘Love-Hate’ actor Aidan Gillen

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei his  son Ai Lao at Munich airport: the activist has said  that his homeland must become a democratic society. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

Beijing leadership in denial about scale of problems the country is facing, warns artist

Germany’s chief prosecutor Harald Range,  had accused his then boss, the federal justice minister, of unacceptable political interference. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Harald Range faced resignation calls over inquiry into rights website netzpolitik.org

A decade ago Salander’s creator, 50-year-old Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, died suddenly of a heart attack just before publication of the first book in the series, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Photograph: Britt-Marie Trensmar/Scanpix.

Aristocrat David Lagercrantz has written sequel to Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millennium’ trilogy

One of the two defendants, identified only as Ayoub B, covers his face with a file folder as he is led into a courtroom in Celle, Germany, on Sunday. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/EPA.

The two hold dual German-Tunisian citizenship and face up to 10 years in jail

German chancellor Angela Merkel: The Emnid survey gives her and her allies more support than the rest of Germany’s Bundestag parties put together. Photograph: Axel Schmidt

German chancellor can do little wrong with an impressed public – if polls are to be trusted

Blogger Andre Meister and Markus Beckedahl, founder of  Netzpolitik.org. Meister labelled the charges of treason “absurd”. Photograph: EPA/Britta Pedersen

Prize-winning website published leaked intelligence documents earlier this year

 Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Officials in Berlin insist he is not interested in weakening the European Commission. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Report that finance minister is going after Juncker over role in Greek crisis is denied

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Proposal could form part of a wider EU reform debate being demanded by London

Olivier Herbert and Miquel Ballester Salva of Fairphone, the Dutch company that aims to offer customers a phone made with the fairest possible components.

Fairphone isn’t just a phone company, it’s a movement against conflict minerals

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: only a third of SPD members think he can unseat Angela Merkel. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s coalition partner’s style has earned him the nickname of ‘Zig-Zag Siggi’

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble will divert tax takings for new “euro budget”. Photograph: Eric Luke

German minister anxious to support the French revival of ‘economic government’

Journalists pointed out Angela Merkel had worn her outfit to Bayreuth before. As usual no one pointed out that her husband Joachim Sauer has been wearing the same tuxedoes to Bayreuth for years. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Production of ‘Tristan and Isolde’ upstaged by chancellor’s furniture malfunction

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: German authorities admit they were nervous about holding such a large event at such a notorious site.

European Maccabi Games begin in city’s Olympic Stadium, notorious for Nazi links

A makeshift memorial in Duisburg to victims of the Love Parade disaster on its fifth anniversary. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Lack of progress with criminal cases is ‘second tragedy’, says founder

Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

The ruling Christian Social Union proposes to assemble arrivals on the border

Max Schreck in the lead role of Nosferatu in the 1922 expressionist film.

Theft prompts ‘Bild’ to ask: ‘Did Satanists steal ‘Nosferatu’ director’s head?’

A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

New magazine aimed at German lesbians starts campaign

The €150-a-month payment has been in effect since August 2013 and has a 73 per cent take-up rate. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA

Critics say the payment reinforces inequality and negatively affects immigrant families

A Lufthansa aircraft  (foreground) and a plane of the company’s Germanwings subsidiary at Dusseldorf airport. Lufthansa  said its compensation offer went beyond legal guidelines. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Parents of German children killed criticise Lufthansa offer as ‘insult’ in emotional letter

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

Bernd Lucke says Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch would not be afraid of addressing social problems including migration

Beate Zschaepe (left), the surviving member of the extreme-right National Socialist Underground (NSU), arriving in a   Munich court. Photograph Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Beate Zschäpe accused of link to longest serial killing campaign in post-war Germany

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “Politicians have their responsibility for their office. No one can force them.” Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Wolfgang Schäuble floats idea of resigning over ‘time-out’ euro zone exit for Greece

 Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg:  today is the  anniversary of the failed plot against Hitler, on July 20th, 1944. Photograph: ullstein bild via Getty Images

Berlin exhibit documents courage of the few who opposed the Hitler juggernaut

Berlin will only act if the verbal Molotov cocktails stop flying in its direction ... Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during a special session at the Bundestag on new Greek bail-out deal. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Eurocrisis has exposed incompatible thinking on crucial question: what should a state do when its private economy hits the skids?(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece, in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/EPA

The German chancellor has never been more dependent on the flinty finance minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during debates prior to a vote over the third EU financial aid package Photograph:Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of joining new talks for third bailout

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble  arriving for a special meeting of the Christian Democratic parliamentary group on the Greek debt crisis in the Reichstag yesterday. Photograph: Gregor Fischer/EPA

German finance minister thinks Greece’s debt is unsustainable

 German chancellor Angela Merkel comforting a crying Palestinian girl during a public meeting. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor criticised for ‘inhuman’ reaction to Palestinian girl during meeting

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble.   Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

German finance minister says a Greek exit to restructure its debts must be considered

94-year-old former SS sergeant Oskar Groening listens to the verdict of his trial on Wednesday. Photograph: Axel Heimken/AP

Former SS officer (94) found guilty of complicity in murder at Nazi death camp

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media after the euro zone Summit over the Greek debt crisis in Brussels on July 13th, 2015. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Comparison between final agreement and eurogroup draft statement

German chancellor Angela Merkel giving a final press conference at the end of a eurozone leader summit on the Greek crisis in Brussels. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Greek parliament has 48 hours to pass raft of tough legal measures

 Journalists wait for the end of euro zone leader summit on the Greek crisis, at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

Proposals a humiliating retreat in a multi-billion game of poker before global audience

A woman burns the flag of the ruling party Syriza, while surrounded by journalists, in front of the Greek parliament in Athens during an anti-EU demonstration in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Louise Gouliamak/AFP/Getty

Street protests as negotiations on a third bailout for Greece will take at least four weeks, eurogroup predicts

German president Joachim Gauck. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Joachim Gauck addresses rise of anti-European sentiment ahead of State visit

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at Sunday’s meeting  of finance ministers. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Proposed deal would legally oblige Athens to implement reform measures

Finnish minister Timo Soini: he is no friend of the euro zone’s crisis strategy, saying in April that Greek bailouts were a “pyramid scheme”

Finland says it has has not been alone in pushing Athens for more conditions

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces a battle to contain a rebellion in his Syriza party should he agree a three-day deadline to adopt austerity measures and keep Greece in the euro.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny says Greek government must demonstrate it is serious about reform

German finance minister  Wolfgang Schäuble  arrives at  a euro group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on the fate of Greece, on July 11th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Finnish threat leaves bailout talks in Brussels on knife edge

After seven hours of debate securing a mandate for Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras to negotiate a third aid package with its creditors, Bild’s yellow headline above read: “Tsipras laughs and we pay, pay, pay.” Below it, with the main headline, Bild fumed that the Greeks were taking the mickey.

Report claims Germany helping euro area to bury own rules, along with trust in currency

Minister for Finance Michael  Noonan struck a hopeful note that agreement in Europe over  Greece can be reached and said he was entering Saturday’s meeting in Brussels “on the basis that it will be possible to put a sustainable medium term programme in place”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Kenny says he remains hopeful third bailout programme will be approved

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) is congratulated by  after a voting session at the parliament in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Schäuble strikes downbeat note in Brussels ahead of talks

Answering the German question:  Joachim Glauck at Bellevue Palace, his Berlin residence. Photograph: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty

Born into the Third Reich and having lived through hard times in East Germany, Joachim Gauck now presides over the unified feder(...)

Protestors outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers will gather in Brussels in last-ditch attempt to resolve issue

This is the full Q+A transcript of the interview between Derek Scally of The Irish Times and the President of the Federal Republic(...)

German president Joachim Gauck said backing marriage equality was “not a vote against, but rather for something”. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Joachim Gauck calls for ‘stronger debate’ on same-sex marriage in Berlin

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union warns repeated bending of rules will end in ‘chaos’

German vice chancellor, economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel: SPD officials accuse him of damaging party credibility and alienating traditional centre-left voters with his Greek comments. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Sigmar Gabriel, leader of the junior coalition party, took a harsh line towards Greece

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves at the end of a euro zone summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

All 28 EU leaders to meet on Sunday to conside a third bailout programme

Newly appointed Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a eurogroup meeting ahead of a summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

New Greek finance minister arrives ‘empty-handed’ for meeting in Brussels

 Andrej Babis: Greece has ‘gone bankrupt four times in the last 200 years and should do so a fifth time’. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

North, south, east and west, goodwill toward Greece is running on empty

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves at the end of an euro zone summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium,  July 7th, 2015. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Tsipras pledges to submit detailed proposals on a new bailout on Thursday

A protester holds a sheet with the Greek word for ‘No’ during an open house presentation of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party  in Berlin, while German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the background. Photograph: Getty Images

Chancellor must recognise Tsipras’s victory while still working out a deal

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: European taxpayers had offered “unprecedented financial assistance” to Greece. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

No vote deemed to ‘widen the gap’ between Greece and other euro countries

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis drives his motorcyle with his wife Danae Stratou after exiting the finance ministry in Athens. Photograph: Fotis Plegas/EPA

Greece government plans to extend closure of banks until Friday

Alternative für Deutschland’s  (AfD) new leader  Frauke Petry smiles  at the party congress in Essen, western Germany, at the weekend.  Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

New party leadership refuses to let Bernd Lucke address conference as he is escorted from hall by security guards

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor under huge pressure as Germany exposed to losses of €82bn

Berlin Pride: German marchers began to march, wondering: if even the Irish can do marriage equality, why can’t we? Photograph: Britta Pedersen/ EPA

The marriage-equality vote in Ireland has reignited the same-sex marriage debate in Germany – where, as the capital held its Gay P(...)

Klaus Regling: as director of the ESM he helps manage the bailout programme and loans. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The ESM will be the fulcrum of any new accord on funding for Athens

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister: “We’re sending an international signal to show we are achieving the switch to renewables in a highly industrialised country and are setting European and international standards.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Claims that deal will safeguard Germany’s 2020 carbon-reduction targets

The note on the Merkel phone call in 2011

Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media

The word ‘No’ in Greek is daubed over the sign for the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Bundesbank says ECB closed its eyes and ears to the obvious: Greek banks are insolvent

Labour TD Dominic Hannigan described the situation in Greece as “grave”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dominic Hannigan says concessions not offered to Ireland must still be supported

German chancellor Angela Merkel: said she would not be blackmailed into an agreement with Athens at any price. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

‘You can’t seriously expect’ creditors to negotiate with Greece – Wolfgang Schauble

Vienna District Court has dismissed a class-action civil suit against Facebook, headed by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems, saying it has no jurisdiction.

Law student took case against social network arguing its data collection violates EU law

Angela Merkel: “This evening at exactly midnight Central European Time the [Greek] programme expires.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German officials say ‘no way’ Berlin could release funds ahead of midnight deadline

Pro-Euro protesters hold a large European flag reading “Yes” in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Getty

Jeroen Dijsselbloem says country’s stance towards its creditors would have to change

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

The German chancellor’s party had a birthday but with the Greek crisis looming nobody was celebrating

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio in Crete. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

France trying to get Greece back into negotiations as bailout nears expiration

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Thousands back government in Athens march

People march in Athens  on June 28th, 2015 during a demonstration calling for a ‘No’ in the  referendum on funding proposals from Greece’s creditors and for Greece’s exit from the euro zone. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Coalition discusses contingency plans after chaotic breakdown in debt talks

New Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party: governing with just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters.

Rasmussen’s Venstre party secures enough support from conservative-liberal block

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