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(...)

Berlin: expects economic growth to hit 1.7 per cent this year and 1.8 per cent next year. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s economy appears to have shrugged off the Volkswagen scandal and the Paris attacks, with rising spending and steady confidence among leadin(...)

President Michael D Higgins next to UN Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has criticised the “arrogant assumption” that economic expansion can be perpetual and sustainable, and called instead for (...)

Armed police outside the stadium in Hanover in front of a board announcing the cancellation of the Germany-Netherlands  soccer match due to a security threat on November 17th. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Islamist terrorists planned to detonate three bombs at Tuesday’s Germany-Netherlands friendly soccer match in Hanover, according to a report based o(...)

Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  at an asylum waiting centre: Angela Merkel has defended  her open-door policy. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Friday night’s Paris attacks have polarised public opinion and public debate in Germany over refugees, with a leading Bavarian politician attacked f(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “spying on friends just isn’t done.” Photograph: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/EPA

Two years after Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “spying on friends just isn’t done”, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that German intelligence did ju(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (r) and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (l) address the media before a meeting of German state leaders to discuss the migrant crisis in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

After weeks of bad-tempered rows, Berlin’s grand coalition has agreed to expedite asylum applications and new camps to register over a million refugee(...)

The German-born mathematical atomic physicist Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955).

A century ago, a man with curly black hair and a moustache left his Berlin apartment and changed the world. I think of him often as I hurry to the U-B(...)

A neo-fascist rally in Dortmund on May 1st. “Dortmund has a problem, something we don’t play down, but the whole country has a problem with the far-right – we’re just the tip of the iceberg.” Photograph: Markus Matzel

When Germans talk about the far-right and neo-Nazis, they usually mean eastern Germany. But eastern Germany doesn’t have a monopoly on far-right extre(...)