Flowers and posters are placed in the square between the city cathedral and the railway station in Cologne, Germany, January 11th, 2016, where the vast majority of dozens of New Year Eve assaults on women took place. Some of the messages  read “Sexual harassment against women will be NOT tolerated”. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The mainstream media engaged in an outrageous cover-up of the attacks against women by Arab-speaking men on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. So it is alle(...)

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: He told ‘Bild’ his government was tackling a  bias that the world was filled with  “cyclists and vegetarians who push for renewable energy and fight all forms of religion”. These  standpoints have “nothing to do with traditional Polish values”. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Poland’s foreign minister has summoned the EU’s ambassador in Warsaw for a meeting to explain what the minister termed the “megaphone diplomacy” of se(...)

Jens Weidmann, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank: “The upswing in the euro area may even pick up slightly.” Photograph:   Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Germans are heading into the Christmas holidays with a spring in their step and a jingle in the pockets thanks to low inflation, record pay rises and(...)

The landmark Oresund Bridge. The 11km structure is famous thanks to “The Bridge” crime series but, since opening in 2000, has become a steel-and-concrete embodiment of the Schengen ideal of passport-free travel.

Europe’s free-movement principle has developed a further serious crack after Sweden approved plans yesterday to introduce border checks in the new yea(...)

The 10am service will be a Star Wars special, with music and re-enacted scenes from Return of the Jedi

The last time Berlin’s Zionskirche (Church of Zion) made headlines it was in 1987 after a vicious brawl between punks and neo-Nazis – two opposing for(...)

Refugees outside the Swedish Migration Agency’s arrival centre  in Malmo. Photograph: Stig-Ake Jonsson/TT News Agency/Reuters

In Stockholm, even the problem districts have much to offer. Like Botkyrka, a multicultural municipality of 85,000 people where over 100 languages are(...)

‘Humanitarian imperative’: German chancellor Angela Merkel with a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats in Karlsruhe. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Probst

German chancellor Angela Merkel challenged internal party critics of her liberal refugee policy on Monday, warning that cowards and pessimists had no(...)

Nobel medicine or physiology laureate William C Campbell bows after receiving the award during a ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall. Photograph: Jonas Ekstromer/Reuters

Irish-born scientist laureate William C Campbell has said he is “delighted” at sharing the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2015, awarded in Sto(...)

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo and PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski: the new conservative government has taken control of the  country’s top court and secret services. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s new national conservative government has been accused of staging a “creeping coup d’etat” for seizing control of the intelligence serv(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance - but no ground troops - in the battle against IS in Syria. After meetin(...)