FDP Hamburg leader Katja Suding (right) and two party colleagues did a photo shoot as ‘Linder’s Angels’ – a nod to luckless FDP leader Christian Lindner.

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were once the kingmaker of postwar politics: proud champions of free markets and human rights. Then the (...)

Destroyed: looking over the skeletal city from the town hall in 1945. Photograph: Walter Hahn/AFP/Getty

Bruno E Werner talked only once to his daughter about seeing Dresden burn. She – the Ireland-based sculptor Imogen Stuart – remembers that it was a(...)

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker arrives for a European Summit of Heads of States and governments at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

As German chancellor Angela Merkel meets other European Union leaders in Brussels, her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition allies are stepping up support (...)

International Monetary Fund  managing director Christine Lagarde with Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis at an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels last night. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Germany has urged Greece to follow Ireland’s example in how it retooled its bailout programme after the last general election rather than trying to r(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps off a tank damaged during fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Chernyshev

Poland has indicated it is willing to back the US on supplying defensive arms to Ukraine should today’s planned talks with Russia in Minsk fail to bri(...)

 Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice-president Joe Biden prior to a Friday meeting of  the Munich Security Conference. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel will press US president Barack Obama today to postpone a decision on sending defensive arms to Ukraine pending a fresh(...)

Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko holds up Russian passports as proof that Russian troops are present in the conflict at talks in Munich at the weekend. Photograph: Tobias Hase

It was -3 degrees in Munich over the weekend and, inside the 51st Security Conference, there was an unmistakable cold war chill. For three days the Ba(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko meets US vice president Joe Biden (right) in Munich on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Washington and Moscow went head-to-head in Munich on Saturday, accusing each other of undermining global security and Ukrainian sovereignty. While US (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice president Joe Biden at the 51st Munich Security Conference. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed calls to supply weapons to Ukraine to resist pro-Russian rebels in its eastern regions, saying internati(...)

Even before the new Greek government embarked on its magical mystery tour of Europe this week, the French cartoonist Nicolas Vadot asked – and answ(...)