A police officer in protective gear inspects a back pack used to carry an explosive device at the scene of a suicide attack in the southern German city of Ansbach on Monday. Photograph: AFP

News agency close to terror group says a soldier of Islamic State carried out attack

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the podium after making a statement on Saturday about the previous day’s  shootings in Munich. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Oktoberfest plans have been overshadowed by violence in Ansbach and Munich

Austrian data protection campaigner Max Schrems: “I could be financially ruined, just because I want my rights respected.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is pleasing no one with ongoing privacy case

A police officer  outside the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, on Friday.  Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/AP

Assuming Isis is behind every violent incident is a major victory for Islamist terror

 A message  at the scene of Friday’s shooting spree in Munich reads: “You did not deserve this.” Ali David Sonboly’s motivation was not Islamist extremism, investigators said, nor have they found any links to Germany’s refugee crisis. Photograph: EPA

German police arrest an Afghan youth on suspicion of a connection to the killings

People mourn at a memorial of candles and flowers in front of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

A quiet, troubled young man, Ali David Sonboly, took nine lives as fear and panic set in

Police secure the area around the McDonald’s restaurant and OEZ shopping centre the day after a shooting spree left in which nine people were killed in Munich. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Q&A: German teenager killed nine people and himself in attack on Friday night

Police officers stand at the entrance of the subway station near the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on Saturday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Investigators say it is significant incident took place on anniversary of Norway massacre

Return to Montauk: Colm Tóibín and Volker Schlöndorff in New York. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

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Police escort people with their hands raised from the Olympia Shopping Centre. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Any Islamist link to Olympic shopping centre attacks could have dire consequences

The entrance of a McDonalds restaurant  near the Olympia shopping mall, where yesterday’s shooting started. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Sixteen people, including several children, injured in suspected terrorist incident

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister Theresa May at their first formal meeting in Berlin. Amid the smiles, it was the first frisson of tension. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

PM and Angela Merkel underline mutual interest in maintaining strong political ties

German chancellor Angela Merkel: will welcome Theresa May with military honours on her inaugural visit as British prime minister to Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld

German chancellor set to repeat she sees Brexit ball firmly in British PM’s court

Police officers search for evidence near Würzburg, Germany, following a train attack. Photograph: Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

Islamic State claims responsibility for assault but investigators have yet to find a direct link

 Firefighters stand at a road block in Wuerzburg, Germany. Reports state that a man allegedly wielding an axe injured multiple passengers on a regional train in Wuerzburg. Photograph: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

Police shoot 17-year-old Afghan suspect after assault leaves three people seriously injured

Guests arrive at the “Festspielhaus” for Bayreuth Wagner music festival in 2008:  this year’s festival has been plagued with drama, from conductors walking out to organisers rescinding its invitation to German performance artist Jonathan Meese in horror at the running costs for his proposed staging. Photograph: Joerg Koch/AFP/Getty

Organisers find new conductor – but he warns ‘not to expect miracles’ on opening night

EU and German flags at half mast on the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin after the Nice attack. Photograph: Paul Zinken/EPA

British authorities have ordered review of security arrangements around big public events

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  the new UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The most powerful women in Europe share more than biographical details

 Rigaerstrasse residents with  a banner that reads:  “We want our street back.” The street was the scene of a recent riot that left 123 police officers injured and led to the arrests of 86 protesters.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Uneasy stalemate settles on Berlin street left-wingers see as last stand against capitalism

Chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. Dr Merkel said she understood Irish concerns. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Paolo Gentiloni expresses confidence frontier controls could be avoided in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German leader says Dublin’s voice ‘will be heard as much as anyone else’s’ in EU talks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today.

Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni will meet Charlie Flanagan in Dublin today

US president Barack Obama after attending the Nato Summit in Warsaw: his criticism of Poland’s democracy was censored by the state-run broadcaster TVP. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s criticism of country’s democracy turned into praise by state-run station

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Alan Rowlette

Series of meetings on coming weeks to discuss impending negotiations

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Dublin would remain ‘fully at the heart of Europe’ and that the EU had been the ‘foundation stone’ of Ireland’s recent economic recovery. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

‘I detect a knowledge and an appreciation of our unique status, and this will form part of the negotiations’

Flowers and letters of protest on the steps of the cathedral in front of Cologne’s main train station, on January 11th last, following sexual assaults on women there on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Rape loophole closed as country struggles with issue of immigrants and sex assaults

At least 35 prosecutors and customs investigators quizzed pilots and other staff at Ryanair hubs across Germany on Tuesday, including Berlin and Cologne.

Move is part of inquiry into claims of evasion of tax and social security payments by pilots

 AfD  delegate Wolfgang Gedeon, who described the Holocaust as “the West’s civil religion”. Photograph: Daniel Mauerer/EPA

Alternative für Deutschland’s Wolfgang Gedeon accused of relativising the Holocaust

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: Like a nun swearing off the pope, he said he would no longer confuse his personal pro-European convictions with the sombre reality of today’s post-Brexit EU. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister calls for intergovernmental initiatives bypassing Brussels

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) and Norbert Hofer. Just 30,863 votes separated the candidates in the May poll. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Constitutional court orders election re-run after irregularities in counting of votes

Germany’s then chancellor Helmut Kohl with Angela Merkel in Bonn in  November  1992. Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Former German chancellor says Europe should ‘pause for breath’ following Brexit vote

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker waves as he gets into his car at the end of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Tusk: There will be ‘no single market á la carte’ for Britain

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and David Cameron in Brussels. The British prime minister says the UK wants to retain access to the single market.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says no way to avoid Brexit after ‘deep and intensive’ talks in Brussels

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives ahead of a European Council Meeting at the Council of the European Union on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Merkel says London should not think it can ‘cherry-pick’ its way back to single market

German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 27th, 2016. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

German leader expresses understanding that Britain needs time to reorder its affairs

British prime minister David Cameron has  ruled out holding a second referendum to reverse the decision on Brexit, and announced that a special unit in government had been set up to prepare for negotiations to exit the EU. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Police in Britain investigate spate of racist incidents since referendum decision

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande (R) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi depart after speaking to the media during talks at the Chancellery Monday in Berlin, Germany.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Hollande warns that uncertainty over UK leaving could lead to ‘irrational behaviour’

German newspapers carry reports on the British referendum. Photograph: EPA

‘First Britain registers its exit request in line with Article 50, then we talk’

German chancellor Angela Merkel: meetings with Donald Tusk, François Hollande and Matteo Renzi today. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Commission president says he wants UK’s divorce papers on his desk ‘immediately’

Front pages reacting to the UK’s vote to leave the EU from ‘Le Monde’, ‘Bild’ and the ‘New Yorker’ at the weekend

‘Bild’ calls for calm while France looks at vote result’s effect on own future in EU

 Foreign Ministers from EU’s founding six, (from left) Jean Asselborn from Luxemburg, Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, Jean-Marc Ayrault from France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Didier Reynders from Belgium and Bert Koenders from the Netherlands, speak to reporters after a meeting on  Brexit in Berlin on  Saturday. Photograph: AP

In contrast, Britain ordered to get out of EU without delay at meeting of EU founding members

Cecelia Ahern: “When I’m creative I’m Irish, but I have the work ethic of a German.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving a statement in Berlin on Friday morning. The Brexit decision presents Dr  Merkel with the greatest headache of her career. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Angela Merkel calls for European unity after after ‘calm and confident’ analysis

The nurse known as  Niels H at a  court in Oldenburg, Germany in 2014: Police  fear the man may have been responsible for more than 200 deaths in total, but, because of the frequency of cremation in Germany, they no longer have bodies to exhume in at least 101 cases of suspicious death. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/DPA via AP/File

Hospital criticised for providing reference to 39-year-old nurse they suspected of killing

Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man took hostages and was shot in Viernheim, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images

Police say man shot dead and nobody else injured at facility in Viernheim

A Volkswagen shareholder walks past a car on display during German carmaker Volkswagen shareholders’ annual general meeting on June 22, 2016 in Hanover. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gathering told ‘misconduct goes against everything that Volkswagen stands for’

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: “Even if a majority decide to stay we cannot continue as before otherwise people will say ‘you’ve not understood’.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Finance minister says Germany’s economy would suffer ‘considerably’ if UK leaves EU

Germany’s constitutional court gave its conditional consent to Germany participating in the Outright Monetary Transactions programme, saying it “does not violate the complainants’ rights”. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German parliament’s rights not impaired by Outright Monetary Transactions, court rules

Chelsea Farmer’s Club in Berlin: It is hard to overstate German love of all things British and German Anglophiles love of an Alan Bennett-style, Pimms-drinking England that may or may not ever have existed.

Perhaps Berlin’s greatest fear is Brexit would catalyse resentment towards Germany

A footbridge straddling the Swedish-Norway border. Photograph: Mikael Hjerpe/iStockphoto

Officials say ties have remained strong because of unique cross-border agreements

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says a Brexit  would have serious consequences for the integrity of the European Union. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble highlights potential risk to stability of Northern Ireland if UK leaves

Turkish demonstrators stage a protest outside the German Embassy in Ankara against approval of a resolution by Germany’s parliament declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a “genocide”. Photograph: Reuters

Erdogan rails against MPs of Turkish descent with ‘tainted blood’ who backed resolution

Right-wing Austrian  presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, whose Freedom Party has challenged the presidential election results won by the opposition Alexander Van der Bellen of the Green Party. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer lost election to Green Party rival by 30,863 votes

The Bergmannstrasse in Berlin.

Enjoy good German food, and beer, and take in some people-watching

Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

The Law and Order party is taking control in a way that threatens to set the country back

Magda Wasiak, now living in Wloclawek after returning from Galway, where she struggled with childcare costs for her two children

Returnees find mood heavy in Poland and say living in Ireland made them more positive

While competitors report on massive anti-government street demonstrations TVP can be relied on to find a camera angle that portrays the marches as a group of stragglers with a flag or two. Photograph: Getty Images

TVP cheers on the conservative PiS as direct government control takes its toll

Opel insists the “isolated findings of a hacker to not reflect the complex interplay of a modern emissions filtering system”

Magazine says tests on Astra and Zafira models showed they emitted 11 times legal limit of nitrogen-oxide

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen and Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer meet before the debate. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/EPA

Experimental debate with no moderator backfires as candidates trade insults

Two of Opel’s most popular 1.6 litre diesel models, examined by ‘Der Spiegel’ magazine, have software that reportedly switches off filtering above 33 degrees and below 20 degrees. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Reports suggest some cars programmed to operate cleanly only within narrow parameters

Wyszniak family: Gina, Asta and Sabine  around 1922. Photograph: Family collection

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For the second time in two years, the DPC’s critics are asking: who is policing Ireland’s privacy police?

Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: Noted close ties with Ireland. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

European Union criticisms of conservative reform agenda dismissed by foreign minister

German deputy chancellor and Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel. Bernd von Jutrczenka/AFP/Getty Images

German attitude to north African men has changed since assaults in Cologne

During Hitler’s lifetime, Mein Kampf sold 12 million copies in 18 languages. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Hybrid of memoir and political rant sells 70,000 copies, to historian publishers’ alarm

A case is being referred to the ECJ after the DPC agreed with the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ireland’s view that exam scripts did not count as personal data under Irish data protection laws and declined to investigate further. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Student’s exam scripts review case DPC refused to investigate to be referred to ECJ

 Christian Kern: the new Social Democrats leader will have to win over his grand coalition partner, the conservative People’s Party, to back him as chancellor, thus avoiding early elections neither party can afford. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Railway head hopes to unite ruling coalition ahead of possible hard-right presidential win

The Hofbräuhaus: Munich beer garden will on Friday evening host a rally of  Germany’s most notorious political party, the AfD following a court ruling. Photograph: Wikipedia Commons

Hofbräuhaus owner fears appearance by AfD’s Frauke Petry will damage his reputation

Two men walking hand in hand in Berlin, Germany. In 2000 the Bundestag apologised for the post-war persecution of gay men

Gay lobby groups estimate paragraph 175 prosecutions resulted in 140,000 convictions

Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) chairman Sigmar Gabriel: Called on his party, which is experiencing a low approval rating, not to rest on past social-political successes. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann latest victim as far right manipulates fears

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann: “This country needs a chancellor whose party stands fully behind him, the government needs a fresh start with energy.” Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Move after SPÖ party’s disastrous results in first-round presidential elections

Nearly a quarter of a million people took part in an anti-government demonstration organised by main opposition parties in Warsaw. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Fears of PiS rewriting constitution and ‘authoritarian rule’ lead to demonstration

Hardline Stalinist: Margot Honecker pictured in January 1993 with her husband, former East German president Erich Honecker upon his arrival in Santiago de Chile.  Photograph: Cris Bouroncle/AFP via Getty.

Widow of East German leader Erich Honecker was a prominent – and despised – figure

Jan Böhmermann: claims Angela Merkel is “filleting me and serving me for tea to a mentally ill despot”. Photograph: Reuters

German satirist Jan Böhmermann has accused Merkel of sacrificing artistic freedom for political opportunism

Lutz Bachmann co-founder of Pegida(Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident) speaks after the verdict against him was read at the district court in Dresden, Germany, 3rd May 2016. Photograph: EPA/Sebastian Kahnert

Dresden court fines far-right activist Lutz Bachmann €9,600 after Facebook outburst

The original manuscript of the 1791 Polish constitution on display in Kordegarda Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Jacek Turczyk/EPA

Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ruling party at odds with tribunal over reform programme

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: According to the ‘Bild’ she told CDU allies her party must “grapple with other opinions, including those of the AfD, without foam at the mouth and without blanket prejudice”. Photograph:  Seán Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor’s modernisation of CDU leaves her party chasing traditional voters

The Merkel administration has “lost hope that the peace process can be revived so long as Netanyahu remains in office”. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Leading politician says Berlin frustrated at policies including building of settlements

People reading copies of the Greenpeace-leaked TTIP negotiations inside a public reading room in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

‘TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,’ says Greenpeace

Chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) Frauke Petry at the party’s conference. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

German party’s manifesto anchors it in Europe’s thriving populist landscape

Reinhold Hanning: the 94-year-old  SS concentration camp guard during his trial in the western German city of Detmold. Photograph: Bernd Thissen/EPA

Reinhold Hanning on trial charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder

Social Democrat (SPD) labour minister Andrea Nahles is sponsoring  a Bill that strips non-German EU citizens of all claims on the German welfare system in their first five years, unless they have acquired credits by working. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Bill strips non-German EU citizens of all welfare claims in first five years unless they had work

For years   Berlin tenants’ associations have called for action on the largely unregulated holiday let sector, arguing it prices regular Berliners out of the housing market. Photograph:  Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images

Letting company wants to avoid legal action by authorities

The head of a 19m high statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin  on display at the permanent exhibition “Revealed: Berlin and its Monuments” in Berlin’s Spandau Citadel museum. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Berlin exhibition puts previously banished German political statues back in spotlight

Charging an electric car. As VW negotiates the terms of compensation, engine fixes and car recalls for its massive fraud in the US, it stands to benefit from a German e-car stimulus programme co-financed by taxpayers and the industry.

Car lobby argues that stimulus is needed to catch up with competitors

Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (R) and head of the Austrian Freedom party Heinz-Christian Strache (L) react to the presidential election results in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Norbert Hofer of the FPÖ wins 36.7% of the vote and faces second-round run-off

Barack Obama during his visit to Hanover, Germany: Mr Obama said the world needed a “strong and prosperous and democratic and united Europe”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president urges Europe to buy US goods and do more for its own security

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel on his trip to Germany for an industrial fair and to meet European leaders.  Photograph: Michael Ukas/Getty

Chancellor and US president cast aside past differences in favour of praise and respect

 Mozart is now hugely popular with children in China

As firms are snapped up, the result may pose a threat to a treasured European institution

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The deal will cover up to 500,000 cars. Photograph: Reuters

Agreement will allow carmaker to avoid prosecution

This is the firt time Germany has hit back at notion Volkswagen was a lone emissions dodger. Photograph: AP

German government orders almost all car companies to make changes to engines

Almost 600,000 cars on US roads are powered by engines rigged to appear to emit less nitrogen oxide than they do. Photograph: EPA

Carmaker offering US drivers $5,000 and a free engine fix

The first senate of the German federal constitutional court announces its verdict on the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) law, in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

Karlsruhe court rules that spying powers of BKA federal police intrude on privacy

Both Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (L) and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl   insisted there was no contradiction in their migration suggestions and those of Angela Merkel. Photograph: Daniel Biskup/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister and German ex-chancellor hold ‘private, friendly’ meeting

Making a comeback: from city bikes to high-end models, Pelago bikes are beautifully designed with a loyal and growing following

There is a growing new focus throughout Europe on older, more sturdy bikes

Copenhagen built proper, one-way cycle lanes with kerbs separating them from pedestrians and motorists. Anything else, the Danes say, is a waste of time, money and effort. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Danes have created a cycling mecca, and the car lobby has conceded defeat. Can Dublin do the same?

 Lutz Bachmann (right), co-founder of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida), wearing an angular pair of sunglasses as his trial began at the district court in Dresden, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/EPA

Lutz Bachmann tells Dresden court he did not write inflammatory Facebook postings

Beatrix von Storch, MEP for the German right-wing Alternative für Deutschland party, backed a proposal to shoot refugees entering Germany illegally. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Right-wing party accused of abusing Islam to tap into fears arising from terrorist attacks

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Indicated “contempt” for such people following the Anglo Irish Bank tapes revelations. Photograph: EPA

Pointing out our failure to learn from painful past continues to enjoy an enduring appeal

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