Pensioners ride bicycles along a street at Museum Island in Berlin. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Berlin Letter: ‘Cycle Law’ to overhaul bike infrastructure and mark shift in city’s priorities

Ivanka Trump,  Chrystia Freeland, Christine Lagarde,  Angela Merkel,  Miriam Meckel and Queen Máxima  at the G20 women’s conference in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Merkel and Trump meeting at G20 ‘women’s summit’ seen as soft diplomacy coup

Ivanka Trump and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel wait for a meeting with US president Donald Trump and business leaders at the White House on March 17th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor invites US ‘first daughter’ to Berlin for Women20 summit

 Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland who were elected as the leading duo for AfD in the German general election. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/Getty

AfD selects leaders from western and eastern wings to head general election challenge

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD), photographed in   March  2016. File photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Frauke Petry shocks right-wing party by saying she does not wish to lead election battle

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the financial motive would be ‘particularly revolting’. Photograph: Tobias Schwartz/AFP/Getty Images

Police believe three-fold explosion targeting bus not prompted by God, but mammon

The damaged bus of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund after an explosion on April 11th. Photograph: AFP

German-Russian man arrested over bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund team bus

 Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.   Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Der Spiegel report on an alleged encounter between footballer and woman in Las Vegas hotel in 2009

US artist Ryan Mendoza stands in Berlin next to the reassembled former house of Rosa Parks. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Artist Ryan Mendoza moved US civil rights heroine’s home to restore its dignity

Verboten – for now. Photograph: iStock

A survey shows a slim majority in favour of retaining ban – but is the dam breaking?

A message displayed in support of Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra, who was injured in the attack on the team bus on Tuesday night, during the club’s rescheduled game with Monaco on Wednesday.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Man held over links to Isis but search continues for suspects in attack on team bus

A festival-goer leaves a toilet at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. Photograph: REBEL Media/WireImage

60,000 bottles of ‘Pisner’ beer made using urine collected from Roskilde festival-goers

Borussia Dortmund’s team busafter it was hit by three explosions in Dortmund, Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Police study letters found at scene of Borussia Dortmund team bus explosions

A woman casts her vote in the Turkish consulate general Cologne for the Turkish constitutional referendum. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach

‘No’ voters afraid to express views on Erdogan as 1.4m voters in Germany eligible to vote

Germany’s Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz, who aims to unseat Angela Merkel as chancellor in an election this year. Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

SPD leader says party can win over younger voters shaken by Trump’s election and Brexit

“Dr Merkel doesn’t have to wave a big stick. German unity between business and politics is based on the realisation…that the integrity of the internal market is even more important than the important relationship to our third largest market, the United Kingdom”

UK exit may boost attractiveness of Ireland as English-language base for German firms

Cyber attack: there have been almost 300,000 attacks on Bundeswehr IT systems so far in 2017.

Germany has appointed its first cyber general to combat the threat of global online attack

 Enda Kenny and German leader Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday. The Taoiseach said Dr Merkel  was  aware of Irish concerns to ensure a “seamless Border” as part of talks on a future EU-UK trading relationship

Kenny says Merkel aware of Ireland’s wish to balance EU membership with close UK ties

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a news conference in Berlin, Germany. Mr Kenny thanked Dr Merkel for her “deep understanding” of Ireland’s concerns. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Chancellor says Germany will help Ireland meet its specific concerns in upcoming talks

Dr Merkel’s support will be crucial if final Brexit treaty is to carry over provisions in Belfast Agreement that allow Northern Ireland’s accession to EU in case of Irish unity. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Ireland’s issues will play prominent role in EU talks with UK, say German politicians

Elephants at Hanover zoo: management rejects claims of mistreatment of its animals. Photograph: Holger Hollemann

German TV footage claims to show animals being abused in the course of training

The DITIB Merkez mosque in Duisburg, Germany, one of the largest in the country. A German author has claimed the authorities know little about the country’s Muslim community. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Author says most sermons were against the integration of Muslims into the community

Playmobil, based outside Nuremberg, produced the €2.39 Martin Luther figure as a special edition for the city’s tourist authority, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Playmobil figure of Germany’s father of the Reformation sells out entire run of 34,000

Peope watch a street performer  in front of the  Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph:  Carsten Koall/EPA

Bullying and kindergarten cases underline cultural challenges of immigration

The Hiller Girls dance troupe, which performed around Germany and Europe for decades.

Jenny Hiller is one of the last surviving members of the Hiller Girls dance troupe, who high-kicked their way through Weimar, Nazi(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel:  The moment Germany fell out of love with Britain is perhaps the moment she fell in love with the EU. Photograph: Stephanie Le Coq/EPA

A tearless Brexit delivery leaves the German leader holding the baby

Berlin centenarian Gerhard Finke says he’s ready for lover number four to share his life

But please no applicants any younger than 90, says Berlin artist Gerhard Finke

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

New documents contradict claims killer Anis Amri was considered a low level threat

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last July. File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach to discuss Irish concerns with German chancellor ahead of EU summit

President of the European Council Donald Tusk. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina

Enda Kenny to step up lobbying as bloc prepares for negotiations with the UK

Martin Gordon, a British musician and a new German, is worried about how serious London is about safeguarding citizens’ rights. Photograph: Mehmet Dedoglu

Some of the 100,000 Brits living in Germany fear a post-Brexit future as European pawns

A protester wearing an EU flag-themed beret takes part in an anti-Brexit demonstration in Birmingham after British prime minister Theresa May triggered article 50. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Merkel dismissal of British hopes for parallel talks on trade deal hints at potential tensions

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who convened a special cabinet committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss Brexit. Photograph: Monika Skolimowska/AFP/Getty Images

Merkel government is painfully aware of need to strike middle ground in Brexit talks

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

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