Opening of René Böll exhibition ‘Cillíní – Graveyards of Unbaptised Children on Achill Island’ in Berlin. Photograph: Landesmuseum Bonn

Painter René Böll, whose father’s travelogue inspired by Achill is well-known in Germany, has unveiled an exploration of the isla(...)

German MPs gave the go-head for the Government’s IMF loan plan  Photograph: Bloomberg

Bundestag demand came as German MPs backed Government’s loan repayment plan

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: sounding out EU leaders on tapping the ESM bailout fund to finance a €300 billion stimulus programme for struggling EU economies. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Paris set for battle over failure to meet deficit targets set by European Commission

Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in Bonn in 1992: “At state dinners she mooched around so much that, more than once, I had to tell her to pull herself together.” Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Book reveals unvarnished views not intended for publication until after Kohl’s death

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven announces his new government in parliament in Stockholm yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer

Löfven vows to secure opposition support for minority government by pursuing centrist policies

Oliver Samwer, CEO of Rocket Internet, a German venture capital group. Photo: Reuters

Samwer brothers want to become leading internet player, particularly in e-commerce

Poland’s new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, delivers her policy statement at the Polish parliament in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Radek Pietruszka

Ewa Kopacz also signals a more pragmatic approach on Ukraine

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has attacked as demagogical and populist the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, comparing it to German neo-Nazis. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Schäuble brands Alternative für Deutschland "demagogical"

The Volkswagen factory in Emden: The country that sells cars to the world is letting its roads, particularly in west Germany, crumble into a perilous state. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Country's image of itself is based on illusions, says economist Marcel Frazscher

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