Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images. 1:54

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a divided Europe hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the(...)

Ferdinand Piech: was left with little option but to put his own head in the noose he had fashioned. Photograph: Frank Leonhardt

After two decades as Volkswagen’s uncrowned and mercurial emperor, Ferdinand Piëch has resigned as group chairman after losing a boardroom battle wi(...)

Ferdinand Piëch, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown with Chief(...)

VW’s key players Wolfgang Porsche and Ferdinand Piech.

The power struggle at Volkswagen escalated over the weekend, as a rift emerged between the Porsche and Piëch families that control the carmaker and(...)

Former SPD politician Sebastian Edathy  in a  regional court in Verden, Germany, yesterday.  Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AP

Senior figures in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have demanded the resignation from the party of a former politician who has admitted owning (...)

Emergency rescue service workers evacuate residents from flood waters in an inflatable boat in flood in Rhyl, north Wales. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters.

Hurricane-force winds cut transport and power in northern Britain and and blasted towards mainland Europe, as meteorologists warned Storm Xaver could (...)

Lower Saxony’s prime minister Stephan Weil (right) and Bernd Osterloh, head of VW’s works council, address media after a meeting of Lower Saxony’s cabinet at the Volkswagen headquarter in Wolfsburg yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Germany won a decisive victory over the European Commission yesterday in its bid to preserve state influence at Volkswagen (VW), after Europe’s top co(...)

Elderly supporters hold placards backing German chancellor and conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel, at a CDU election campaign rally in Magdeburg yesterday. Merkel is seeking a third term in a parliamentary election on September 22nd. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

With four days to go, Germany’s federal election is going down to the wire. Latest polls put Dr Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) three points short (...)

Posters of lead candidiate of the German Free Democrats (FDP) Rainer Bruederle at FDP party headquarters  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have warned supporters against switching allegiance to their ailing junior coalitio(...)

Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer gestures as he addresses his party members in Munich yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Michael Dalder

Allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel have admitted that Germany’s federal election is on a “knife-edge” after their Free Democrat (FDP) coalition partne(...)