German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Patrik StollarZ/AFP/Getty Images

In a frantic time for Germany, three things have become clear for Angela Merkel. First, her political legacy depends not on the interlinked banking/e(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has stood firm on her liberal asylum policy, calling it a “task of historical proportions” in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Germany’s refugee crisis is driving a bad-tempered wedge through her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (C(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates the 25th anniversary of German reunification. Political critics argue that Germany’s resources are exhausted even before one million refugees arrive this year. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Growing disunity over how to manage the refugee crisis overshadowed weekend celebrations marking a quarter century of German unity. A month after Germ(...)

A migrant waits on Wednesday in Berlin in the premises of the State Office for Health and Welfare for registration and allocation of a shelter. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s refugee crisis broke another record when an Afghan family arrived in Bavaria on Wednesday carrying their patriach – a deaf-blind man they cl(...)

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Dante and Josuha Guilavogui  react after their side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

One of the phrases we reach for increasingly often is football’s “bubble”. This is not in the innocent sense of West Ham and Upton Park; rather, it(...)

Matthias Müller: uncontroversial choice to take over as chief executive. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Volkswagen’s new chief executive, Matthias Müller, has vowed to win back trust after an emissions scandal that has rocked the car group and seen its m(...)

The house where Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her. Photograph: Getty Images

The house in Amstetten, 90 minutes west of Vienna, could do with a lick of paint on its grey concrete facade. But the reason it failed to sell for €20(...)

Politicians see refugees as a young workforce which will  defuse Germany’s demographic time bomb. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

When the annual Oktoberfest beer bonanza kicked off in Munich on Saturday, Hamado Dipama wasn’t in the mood for celebrating. As boisterous Bavarians i(...)

Those arriving have injuries to their feet and ankles from walking great distances. Some have been tortured or shot. Photograph: Jörg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images

The human and physical resources of Bavaria are being stretched by the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants who have arrived at Munich’s central(...)

Woman and child on a platform in Berlin’s Schoenefeld station after emerging from a special train coming from Munich. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jamil and his family arrived in Munich at night, jaded in body and confused in spirit. “We had mixed feelings,” he says. “We could not believe we rea(...)