SPD leader Martin Schulz: directed his attack at German chancellor Angela Merkel’s political style. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

SPD leader accused of defensiveness as party lags chancellor’s CDU by 15 points in polls

Büsingen, Germany’s one and only enclave, surrounded on all sides by Switzerland.

Residents in enclave of Büsingen live a hybrid life, and often feel misunderstood

Walter Kohl, son of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl arrives at his fathers home in Oggersheim, Germany: Only after  negotiating with police officers and the former chancellor’s widow, Maike, was he allowed inside. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Sons accuse stepmother of shutting them out in last years of ‘unity chancellor’s’ life

German-Turkish lawyer, author and activist Seyran Ates (standing) prepares the prayer area ahead of inaugural Friday prayers at the Ibn Rushd-Goethe-mosque in Berlin. Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

Lawyer, women’s activist and Muslim Seyran Ates creates a new, inclusive place of prayer

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl gestures during an electoral rally in Erfurt for first free elections in East Germany in  February 1990. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Obituary: Helmut Kohl – Born: April 3rd, 1930. Died: June 16th, 2017

 Helmut Kohl in 2000. “We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/EPA

Country’s longest-serving postwar chancellor was driving force behind the euro

The men gathered around a green wooden bench in Schönleinstrasse train station where one lit a tissue and laid it near the head of the sleeping man. Photograph: Meißner/ullstein bild via Getty Images

One man sentenced to almost three years in jail after attack in station on Christmas Eve

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting with businessmen at the Interactive Museum of Economics in Mexico City. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor welcomed as world’s ‘most important politician’ during Mexico visit

A German dandyhorse bicycle dating from 1817. Image: 200jahre-fahrrad.de

On June 12th 1817, a German inventor had a spin around Mannheim on his ‘dandyhorse’

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz is controlled where other Austrian politicians are laconic, and studiously informal  in a title-obsessed country. Photograph: Vyacheslav Prokofyev

Sebastian Kurz’s stellar rise and distinctive style ensure every debate revolves around him

October 1961: a car is driven, between US tanks, through  Checkpoint Charlie crossing point, the only one in the Berlin Wall  used only by diplomats and foreigners. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Aged between six month and 81 years, all died while fleeing from East to West Germany

The Humboldt Forum. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Row erupts over suitability of Christian symbol on centre with multicultural mission

German chancellor Angela Merkel: got a number of digs in at the US president in a statement on Friday. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Merkel looks to other partnerships as the US becomes undependable on key issues

Paris Agreement: Donald Trump departs after announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the climate-change accord. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Top polluter China says it still backs global climate-change accord

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement to the media on Friday in reaction to US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

German chancellor calls on all ‘who care about the future of our planet’ to work together

Benno Ohnesorg after being shot. Photograph: Henschel/Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The 26-year-old West German demonstrator was shot dead by a police officer 50 years ago

Facebook has made some changes to its “in memoriam” feature, giving a named third party access to their account after their death – but that third party’s rights are limited. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Couple in Berlin who were seeking clues to 15-year-old daughter’s death lose case

Speaking in Berlin, Dr Joachim Pfeiffer said he hoped  border controls and customs checkpoints could be avoided, but this would require major concession by London. Photograph: Maxwells

CDU spokesman says UK would have to make major concessions

“A significant number of young people had problems to control their own internet use in a self-determined way,” the study by the German federal drug agency said.   Photograph: istockphoto

Study of 6,000 children links phone dependency to health and behavioural problems

German chancellor Angela Merkel at an election campaign event of the German Christian Social Union. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Chancellor puts EU at the heart of upcoming German election with unusual frankness

Jens Weidmann became the youngest ever Bundesbank president in 2011. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Merkel’s former adviser says return to normal monetary policy must not be delayed

Sebastian Kurz, right: the Austrian foreign minister effectively pulled the plug on Vienna’s unhappy grand coalition on Friday. Photograph: Inga Kjer/Photothek via Getty Images

Conservative wunderkind Sebastian Kurz (30) tipped to be country’s next leader

 Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), greets supporters during his SPD campaign prior state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Vote in North Rhine-Westphalia is central to chancellor’s hopes for fourth term

Equal parts kiosk, convenience store and drop-in centre, Duisburg’s Bunkerbude is perhaps the state’s most unique Trinkhalle. Photograph: Derek Scally

Sunday’s election in the country’s most populous state will throw up clues for Merkel’s future

German chancellor Angela Merkel. “I haven’t the least doubt that we will work well together,” said Merkel after Macron’s   election victory

German patience is wearing thin after 12 years of talking by French leaders

Angela Merkel  visits a confectionary business in northern Germany: The SPD and Greens’ weaknesses, when combined, have dampened hopes the chancellor’s third term will be her last.  Photograph: Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP

Merkel’s CDU in first place, outgoing coalition down over five points, exit polls show

Permanent gigglers – those who laugh more than 30 times a day – are a rare breed in Germany: just seven per cent, according to the survey by Schwenninger health insurer.

Study ahead of World Laughter Day shows Germans most amused by others’ bad luck

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen speaking with the inspector general of the German Bundeswehr, Volker Wieker (right) and inspector Heer General Joerg Vollmeer (left), during a visit to the  Illkirch-Graffenstaden base, eastern France. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Bundeswehr closes ranks after Von der Leyen criticises leadership over extremist soldier

Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands during a joint news conference following their talks in Sochi on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters

German chancellor discusses anti-gay crackdown, Syria and Ukraine during Sochi talks

Diesel cars and SUVs had almost 66 per cent market share in western Europe six years ago, but that has now dipped to around 50 per cent.  Photograph: Reuters

German government accused of protecting car industry over citizens’ health

The bridges across the  Rhine river connecting Strasbourg with Kehl, Germany. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Difference in economic performance is reflected in a difference in public attitudes

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl raises a toast with current chancellor Angela Merkel after a ceremony in 2010 to mark the  20th anniversary of  German unification. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Journalist published recordings containing disparaging comments about Angela Merkel

A refugee facility in the Bavarian town of Erding, to where a German soldier suspected of planning a terrorist attack was assigned, while allegedly posing as an asylum-seeker. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Suspect claimed to be Syrian refugee and was granted asylum despite speaking no Arabic

German chancellor Angela Merkel: there are too many challenges in the world for the UK to expect the EU to be solely preoccupied with Brexit and UK concerns. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Berlin confident co-operation between 27 states will hold in years of discussion ahead

Angela Merkel emphasised the EU’s stance that talks on the UK’s departure terms must precede the crafting of a new trade relationship. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Chancellor warns good results for EU and Ireland hinge on unity of remaining members

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking re-election. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Country’s trade surplus also on course to fall as economy ‘remains on growth path’

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

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