Force Majeure: Eddie Izzard. Photograph: Michael Nagle/The New York Times

It’s disconcerting to hear Eddie Izzard, a gifted and thoroughly British comedian, cracking jokes in German. But from the modest stage in Berli(...)

Hundreds of flight passengers wait past closed security gates during a strike in Frankfurt airport yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski

Almost 40,000 passengers were left stranded yesterday at Frankfurt airport, one of Europe’s busiest hubs, when security staff walked (...)

 A Swiss Guard attends Pope Francis’s Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica.

For almost 500 years, young men from all over Switzerland have made the trek to Rome to guard the pope as Swiss guards.Now a former member of the elit(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  is congratulated by her outgoing chief of staff Ronald Pofalla after being re-elected in a vote session at the Bundestag. Photograph: David Gannon/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Pofalla was chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, a low-profile but well-networked operator who served as her chancellery chief of staff i(...)

Always popular in central Europe, the enthusiasm for skiing among foreign tourists, including people from Britain and Ireland, has contributed to busier slopes

Hours after Michael Schumacher left his chalet last Sunday in the French ski resort of Méribel, the retired Formula One champion was once again front (...)

EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn: he suggested an inquiry could help end a long-running dialogue between Germany and its critics. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The battle over Berlin’s record trade surplus moved up a gear today as the European Commission decided to prepare an in-depth analysis of Germany’s pe(...)

The crowd watch on as German Social Democrats chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück speaks at a Berlin election rally. Photograph: Getty

Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrück launched a final election push last night, warning that a victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sun(...)

 A worker pastes up an election poster of German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is leading her CDU party into a general election on September 22nd.  photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Two women have given Germany’s wan election campaign an emotional punch, attacking chancellor Angela Merkel at her most vulnerable point: the rise of (...)

Economist Hans-Werner Sinn said Germany should help struggling countries leave the euro

Germany would have nothing to fear and much to gain from exiting the euro area, according to influential economist Hans(...)

European Commission  president José Manuel Barroso: “What is happening in France and Portugal is not the fault of Mrs Merkel or Germany and it is unfair to present measures as being demanded by individual countries or institutions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

After earning Berlin’s ire for suggesting Europe had reached the “limits of austerity”, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso has i(...)