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(...)

Local residents walk through a street flooded from the nearby Elbe river in the historic city centre today.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised €100 million to victims of Germany’s worst flood in a decade today as she toured areas devastated by the deluge whic(...)

A sign warns of floods as rainfall continues  near inundated streets in the town of Grimma, near Leipzig, Germany. Authorities in the  state of Saxon have declared Grimma a disaster area, according to local media. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade forced the evacuation of almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas while the rising water threa(...)