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

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Players on all sides get ready for one last act in the Greek drama

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

French prime minister takes a different view, urges Greece to resume negotiations

AfD leader Bernd Lucke  and co-spokeswoman Frauke Petry. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Past few weeks marked by increasingly bitter feuding within Alternative für Deutschland

A protester waves a Greek national flag during a pro European Union demonstration in Athens, as Greece approaches deadline on €1.6 billion debt. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Athens has been through at least four bankruptcies in the not so distant past

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images.

Monarch says ‘division in Europe is dangerous’ at dinner with Merkel and Cameron

 Officials close to Angela Merkel in Berlin were more restrained than usual in their efforts to spin expectations ahead of the looming Brussels meetings. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Assertion comes amid reports of heated dispute between institution and Athens

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA

British monarch’s family tree means many Germans view her as one of their own

“The currency union will remain instable as long as it is not complemented with a banking, fiscal and economics union,” philosopher Juergen Habermas has written in German newspaper  the Süddeutsche Zeitung. File photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

German philosopher accuses chancellor of undermining EU and its common currency

Danish People’s Party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl must decide whether or not to enter government. Photograph: Joachim Ladefoged/AP

Rise of populist parties in northern Europe is warning from voters

 Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mansour speaks as he leaves a prison in Berlin. He spent two nights in custody. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Ahmed Mansour’s detention related to allegations of torture during Egyptian uprising

German chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Holding the euro zone together will require Merkel to do something she has rarely done: make a far-reaching decision at odds with German public opinion.’ Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Getty Images

German chancellor knows today’s talks with Greek PM are about the political will to find a face-saving solution for everyone

European Central Bank sanctions further support for the Greek banking system

Kristian Thulesen Dahl: his right-wing populist Danish People’s Party  emerged as the big election winner. Photograph: Linda Kastrup/EPA

Second-place DF party may decide to support government from opposition

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece and president Vladimir Putin of Russia meet at an economic forum in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. Photograph: New York Times.

Kenny says time is running out to reach a solution, country getting close to ‘crisis time’

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt casting her vote in Oesterbro on Thursday in Denmark’s general election. Photograph: EPA/Asger Ladefoged

Early results suggest the centre-right opposition camp will win a narrow lead

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt on the campaign trail. EPA/ASGER LADEFOGED

Reforms and cutbacks have made welfare a key topic in today’s election

Danish opposition leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl of the Danish People’s Party (DF) takes part in an event as part of his election campaign, in Toender in southern Denmark. The Danish general election takes place on June 18th. Photograph: Claus Fisker/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

The rising, populist Danish People’s Party has forced its rivals to address the issue

Reality TV: Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, prepares for a general-election debate. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix/AFP/Getty

Thursday’s Danish general election is poised on a knife edge. It’s better than ‘Borgen’, says Adam Price, creator of the country’s(...)

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: businessman is attending the 63rd Bilderberg, which takes  place near the Austrian Tyrol town of Telfs, 40km down the road from where the G7 meeting took place. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Greece, US elections, Iran, Middle East, cybersecurity on agenda at secretive event

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras:  has urged his Syriza party to support him in the coming “crucial days”. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece submits revised bailout plan to Brussels with new primary surplus targets

Former Florida governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks to German chancellor Angela Merkel  after he addressed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Likely Republican presidential candidate praises Germany’s approach to austerity

A tent at the G7 protest camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Tobias Hase

Campaigners circumspect in reaction to G7’s ‘clear commitment’ on climate issues

Some 20,000 officers were on duty, swamping the pretty corner of Bavaria. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel had something for everyone at the summit

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel chats with US president Barack Obama at a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Image

US president warns of ‘wrong-headed desire to recreate glories of Soviet empire’

Médecins Sans Frontières suggested world leaders’ “lip service” showed they had learned nothing from their bungled response to the Ebola pandemic. File photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Médecins Sans Frontières says countries are no more ready than before Ebola crisis

Group of seven: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe; Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper; US president Barack Obama; German chancellor Angela Merkel; French president François Hollande; British prime minister David Cameron; and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on their way into Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Obama and Merkel put up united front over pre-G7 breakfast of boiled veal sausage

US president Barack Obama at a breakfast meeting with the German chancellor and local citizens in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, before the start of the G7 summit. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/AFP/Getty

Juncker launches stinging attack on Greek PM Alexis Tsipras over comments on deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel  greets president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker as he arrives in  Krün in Germany for the G7 summit. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA.

‘I don’t have a personal problem with Tsipras but...friends have to respect some minimum rules’

Helle Thorning-Schmidt during an election campaign visit at Aalborg, northern Denmark. The prime minister is fighting the tightest Danish election in memory. Photograph: Henning Bagger/AFP/Getty Images

Helle Thorning-Schmidt win would spark hope for Europe’s social democrats

A climate change advocate  in Manila, the Philippines. Today’s “World Wide Views” meeting is a unique experiment in simultaneous civic participation. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Today people from 80 countries will join the largest ever global debate on climate change

 Activists with balloons decorated with the portraits of leaders attending the   G7 summit, in Munich, Germany. Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

In the Bavarian alps, world’s leaders have an ambitious agenda for discussion

Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night – which deals with the unofficial 1914 Christmas truce during the first World War – received its European premiere at the Wexford Festival last year.

The unique festival is spreading the word about its innovative approach to productions

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras submittted a new refrom proposal to the troika on Monday. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Alexis Tsipras submits proposals after meeting with political and troika leaders

 “Sometimes I wonder if Germany’s amazing, unstoppable birthrate drop is is perhaps linked to . . . a widespread impatience, even social incompetence, when it comes to dealing with others’ children in public.” Photograph: Thinkstock

Picture book offers lessons for grumpy grown-ups

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Mr Juncker has warned that Greece’s problems could not be solved by departing from the existing reform path – nor by slavish adherence. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

There is a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Greece and those unaware of it are ‘blind’ – Juncker

Crowds react in the courtyard at Dublin Castle the Yes vote in the referendum on same-sex marrage. An ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the union of man and woman”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Bundestag spokesman for chancellor’s party says marriage is ‘union of man and woman’

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