The German-Russian museum in the Berlin district of Karlshorst: jointly funded by Germany and Russia, the museum includes a permanent exhibition highlighting Nazi Germany’s Russian campaign during the second World War. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Two doors lead into the Berlin hall where the second World War in Europe ended, at 11.01pm on May 8th 1945. In Moscow it was already May 9th. Today th(...)

 Prime minister of Finland Juha Sipilä: agreed to prioritise a revival of Finland’s stalled economy. It has been   hit by Nokia’s sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft and EU economic sanctions on neighbouring Russia. Photograph:  Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Finland’s populist Eurosceptic “Finns” party is set to enter government as part of a new centre-right coalition.Prime minister designate Juha Sipilä,(...)

A European Union flag flutters as the ancient Parthenon temple. Photograph:  Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece made a small interest payment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday but European lenders dashed hopes for a cash-for-reforms deal (...)

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

With Greece facing an interest repayment of €200 million to the IMF today, Greece and its international creditors remained locked in discussions in B(...)

A section of the Berlin Wall that was rebuilt as a tourist attraction near Checkpoint Charlie. Irish developers have turned the historic site into a fast-food area, complete with cocktail bar. Photograph: Michael Dalder

Checkpoint Charlie was once the hottest spot in the Cold War, with tense standoffs between US and Soviet tanks. Now a popular tourist destination, th(...)

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

‘BND officials insist the chancellery was always in the picture but chose not to act. Dr Merkel’s office insists it first heard about the affair in March and demanded the BND remedy without delay “technical and organisational deficits” – without explaining what these deficits were.’ Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with US President in Washington, DC last year. Photograph:  SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Germany is a great place for self-fulfilling assertions. Something is true because it is repeatedly claimed to be true – until it’s shown to be unt(...)

Visitors look around the new Nazi museum in Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

The best thing you can say about Munich’s new National Socialist Documentation Centre is that Adolf Hitler would have hated it. The stark white(...)

The remains of 120 German soldiers who died during the second World War are  buried during a  ceremony in Halbe, eastern Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images

The 123 miniature coffins, black boxes with numbers chalked on to their fronts, are resting beside a massive grave cut into Brandenburg’s soft, sandy (...)

Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun dine in a still from a private home movie made by Braun’s sister Gretl Fegelein, early to mid-1940s. Hitler and Braun married on April 29th, 1945, the day before they took their own lives. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Adolf Hitler liked to think big. But on this morning 70 years go, his “thousand year” Reich was very small indeed. Six years earlier the German dictat(...)