German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: “Who can, should act, and later we will negotiate distribution. We cannot wait longer for results in Brussels.” File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has called for a European “coalition of the willing” to tackle the continent’s migration crisis – rather tha(...)

Left Party floor leader Sahra Wagenknecht called it “madness” to respond to the Paris attacks with bombings that would cause further civilian casualties. Photograph: EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Germany’s opposition parties have accused Berlin’s ruling grand coalition of bouncing the country into a war in Syria without proper debate and witho(...)

Tornados of the German air force’s reconnaissance squadron 51. From next month German Tornados will fly reconnaissance missions over Isis strongholds. Photograph: Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP

Germany has begun preparations to deploy 1,200 soldiers and provide technical assistance for the international alliance against so-called Islamic Stat(...)

An injured man holds his head as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The deadliest attack on French soil since the second World War – and the first carried out by suicide bombers – took place at six locations in Pari(...)

Helmut Schmidt: handsome, witty and supremely self-possessed, he was a magnetic speaker and a pugnacious debater. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Helmut Schmidt, a former West German chancellor who has died aged 96, combined personal dynamism, managerial brilliance and an often acid-tongued impa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel   in Berlin. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel holds crunch talks in Berlin today to quell growing tensions in her government over the refugee crisis, now likely to (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioglu before a meeting at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: AFP

Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Mr Assad’s main (...)

Kent Harstedt, OSCE special co-ordinator: ‘It is clear that Belarus still has a long way to go towards fulfilling its democratic commitments.’ Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is poised to ease sanctions on Belarusian president Aleksandar Lukashenko and his allies despite criticism of his re-election by in(...)

Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said the federal government’s departure from standard EU asylum practice was endangering the stability of Germany’s federal states. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an escalating political revolt after challenges to her position in the refugee crisis from her conservativ(...)

German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: “What should we do, send people back to Hungary when we know how they treat people?”. Photograph: EPA/Hans Punz

Tensions are building in Germany’s ruling grand coalition amid disagreement over whether to back binding EU immigration quotas to tackle the growing (...)