Thousands of mourners gather for the funeral of Tugce Albayrak in Waechtersbach, Germany today. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of mourners have paid their last respects to a young woman hailed as a hero, who suffered fatal injuries after intervening to help two teenag(...)

Linda Spalding: “Since no Irish author could be overrated, they must all be underrated. Ireland is the origin of authorial species.” Photograph: Jeff Nolte

Linda Spalding won the 2012 Canadian governor-general’s award for The Purchase (Sandstone (...)

The European Court of Justice has  issued a ruling that paves the way for Ryanair’s rival, Lufthansa, to demand that German courts order the Irish carrier to repay state aid by Frankfurt Hahn Airport. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ryanair is facing a possible attempt by the German authorities to force it to repay millions in state aid following a European court ruling yesterday.(...)

The Green Party’s Juergen Trittin and Claudia Roth look out of a window during a break in preliminary coalition talks with the CDU party in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

There was a whiff of Casablanca in Berlin yesterday as Germany’s Green Party left a coalition back door open to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democr(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel waves to supporters after speaking at a CDU election rally today. Voters in Germany go to the polls in federal elections tomorrow. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Angela Merkel is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition, according to polls released ahead of tomorrow’s German election. The f(...)

Sergio Aguero’s now infamous foul on David Luiz. Little was made of the defender’s sly elbow which provoked it. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

At about 1pm outside Wembley stadium last Sunday, a short, stout man stood adjacent to the corporate entrance beneath the famous Wembley walkwa(...)

A woman wears a mask during a protest against nuclear power. The 1977 decision to store waste in a salt mine in Gorleben, 125km southeast of Hamburg, was made without public consultation and prompted decades of protest. Photograph: Getty Images

After 36 years of political feuds and citizen protests, Germany has gone back to the drawing board in its hunt for somewhere to store its nucle(...)