Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski: opponents have chipped away at a once comfortable lead  and he is now more than 10 points short of outright victory.   Photograph: Piotr Wittman/EPA

Poland’s election year kicks off tomorrow with a presidential poll that could influence the outcome of autumn parliamentary elections.Incumbent Broni(...)

The German-Russian museum in the Berlin district of Karlshorst: jointly funded by Germany and Russia, the museum includes a permanent exhibition highlighting Nazi Germany’s Russian campaign during the second World War. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Two doors lead into the Berlin hall where the second World War in Europe ended, at 11.01pm on May 8th 1945. In Moscow it was already May 9th. Today th(...)

 Prime minister of Finland Juha Sipilä: agreed to prioritise a revival of Finland’s stalled economy. It has been   hit by Nokia’s sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft and EU economic sanctions on neighbouring Russia. Photograph:  Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Finland’s populist Eurosceptic “Finns” party is set to enter government as part of a new centre-right coalition.Prime minister designate Juha Sipilä,(...)

Angela Merkel: “I once said that spying on friends is not on.That seems to be a more ambitious goal than I thought, but we have to work towards this”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted it was “ambitious” of her to demand that the US should not spy on Germany after revelations of just that by Edw(...)

Former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Gröning, dubbed the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, is on trial charged with  accessory to murder in 300,000 cases of deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers. He faces up to 15 years in jail. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images

What was billed as the last great Auschwitz trial when it opened last week has, in week two, triggered an emotional battle among Holocaust survivors o(...)

Peter Casey of Dragons’ Den: ‘The Germans definitely have a different way of operating to the Irish’

As the euro crisis lingers, the debate over its causes and consequences remains the most divisive issue in recent European history. As the EU’s hig(...)

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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

Former SS officer Oskar Gröing sits outside during a break of his trial. The 93-year-old  did not contribute directly to killings but “gave the Nazi regime an economic boost” to continue its murderous campaign, the court heard. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

As Auschwitz arrivals drew their last breaths in gas chambers, the 21 year-old SS officer Oskar Gröning plundered their suitcases for valuables.Yeste(...)

The chairman of the National Coalition Party Alexander Stubb speaking during a news conference at the party’s office in Helsinki yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

As a self-made millionaire, Finland’s Juha Sipilä knows a thing or two about success in business. After leading his Centre Party to victory in Sunday(...)