They are three very different länder: the rich, southern industrial state of Baden-Wüerttemberg; the wine-growing Rhineland-Palatinate bordering on Fr(...)

Super Sunday was bad for German chancellor Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. Christian Democratic Union leader  attends a news conference at  party headquarters in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Super Sunday was bad for Angela Merkel, but could have been worse. If anything, the verdict of one in five Germans, called to weekend polls in three (...)

Joerg Meuthen, top candidate of Alternative für Deutschland, reacts to initial results in Baden-Wurttemberg state electionson Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has raised its presence to half of the country’s 16 federal states - including t(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a campaign event for the Baden-Wuerttemberg CDU in Nuertingen, on Tuesday, framed by an image of CDU frontrunner Guido Wolf. Photograph: Marijan Murat/EPA

When Angela Merkel arrived at a Stuttgart election rally on Tuesday evening, she had hoped to have in her handbag a package of measures to ease the mi(...)

German police confirmed they arrested a 34-year-old man in Stuttgart on suspicion of arms dealing. Photograph: Google maps

Prosecutors in the southern German city of Stuttgart confirmed on Friday they had arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of arms dealing but d(...)

A little girl gestures while arriving at a refugee camp in Opatovac, Croatia on Sunday. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 125 people off a rubber craft 60 kilometres north east of Tripoli on Sunday. A north-westerly force 5 w(...)

Free Liberals (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner gives flowers to Katja Suding, the party’s top candidate in the Hamburg state election, at a meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Tim Brakemeier

After 18 months in the political wilderness, Germany’s liberal Free Democrats have seized on weekend election gains in Hamburg as a welcome last-minu(...)

Prosecutors in Germany say that taxi driver Jan Knytl collected the two men from a taxi stand in Prague. He was killed a short time later by 42 blows to the head and throat from a wrench and a hatchet. Photograph: Martin Divisek/VLP/isifa/Getty Images)

Two self-described satanists went on trial in southern Germany yesterday accused of murdering a Czech taxi driver in a Prague cemetery. A 16-ye(...)

Karl-Heinz Holland, Lidl’s chief since 2008, drove the expansion of the “hard cost-cutter” during the continent’s economic crisis.

Secretive discount supermarket chain Lidl’s chief executive has left suddenly with the group citing “unbridgeable” differences about future str(...)

A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Europe’s flood drama shifted north yesterday as the swollen river Elbe burst through several dams near the eastern city of Magdeburg. One 50-metre br(...)