A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

Ireland and an Angela Merkel lookalike are unlikely allies in a guerilla marketing campaign for “Straight”, a new magazine aimed at German lesbians. A(...)

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

Germany’s highest court has struck down a €150 monthly payment for parents who care for their children at home rather than place them in daycare. The(...)

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

The families of 18 German schoolchildren killed last March in the Germanwings air crash have rejected a compensation offer from the airline’s parent c(...)

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

Beate Zschaepe (left), the surviving member of the extreme-right National Socialist Underground (NSU), arriving in a   Munich court. Photograph Joerg Koch/Getty Images

After more than two years and 200 days of hearings, Germany’s most high-profile neo-Nazi trial is heading into uncertain waters and an even more uncer(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “Politicians have their responsibility for their office. No one can force them.” Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Cracks are widening in Germany’s ruling grand coalition over a third aid programme for Greece, a week after Berlin proposed a “time-out” euro zone ex(...)

 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

His desk, chair and phone are gone but, otherwise, things look the same in the office of Count Claus von Stauffenberg, where he waited to hear his fat(...)

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

What have I learned from the euro crisis? Sitting up all night this week in the European Council press room I had plenty of time to think about the an(...)

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

For her 61st birthday yesterday, Angela Merkel received two presents in the Bundestag. The first – welcome but unnecessary – was a bunch of flowers. T(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during debates prior to a vote over the third EU financial aid package Photograph:Sean Gallup/Getty Images 1:47

Germany’s Bundestag has mandated Berlin to join talks on a third bailout for Greece, after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the outcome will deter(...)