German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen in front of a former aicraft hangar transformed into an asylum waiting center, in Erding. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

A little girl of three or four totters by in a washed-out red dress, candystripe tights and turquoise wellingtons. With a blond, naked doll under her (...)

Fujitsu is  spinning off its computer and tech products into subsidiaries.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu unveiled a shake-up for its 80th birthday, spinning off its computer and tech products into subsidiaries and focusin(...)

German interior minister Thomas de Maizière: ““I ask the media to trust me on this. We did this for the right reasons.” Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Hours after a large-scale anti-terror operation in the western city of Aachen, German nerves were back on edge after the cancellation of a soccer mat(...)

Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  at an asylum waiting centre: Angela Merkel has defended  her open-door policy. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Friday night’s Paris attacks have polarised public opinion and public debate in Germany over refugees, with a leading Bavarian politician attacked f(...)

Few would argue that, in European terms, tenant rights in Ireland are what they could be

When Ireland voted for marriage equality on May 22nd, it voted out the gay community as – arguably – Ireland’s discriminated minority number one. Of (...)

Angela Merkel the “indispensable European” for “defending Germany’s interests without losing sight of Europe’s”. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Nigella Lawson is not a regular in this column, but she has a nose for trends and her latest trend is Germany. In a review of her latest show, I read (...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Bonn, West Germany, in  1975.  After being ousted after eight years in power in 1982, he went on to become one of Germany’s most influential public intellectuals. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His obituaries will say that he was a Hamburg native but Helmut Schmidt was, in his essence, a Hanseat. A Hanseat is as much a state of mind of the na(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “spying on friends just isn’t done.” Photograph: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/EPA

Two years after Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “spying on friends just isn’t done”, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that German intelligence did ju(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (r) and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (l) address the media before a meeting of German state leaders to discuss the migrant crisis in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

After weeks of bad-tempered rows, Berlin’s grand coalition has agreed to expedite asylum applications and new camps to register over a million refugee(...)

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, German welfare authorities have come on board to investigate whether some Ryanair pilots really are self-employed. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

COLM KEENA Authorities in Germany have increased the scope of their investigation into Ryanair’s relationship with some of its pilots. After the open(...)