German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War order in Europe. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War orde(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and his wife Maike Richter-Kohl at the presentation of his new book Aus Sorge Um Europa (Out of Concern For Europe)  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has placed the blame for the euro crisis at the door of his successor, Social Democrat (SPD) leader Gerhard Schröder.(...)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:  appealed to all sides to “recognise their responsibility”. Photograph: Toby Melville /Reuters

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged those unhappy with the interim government in Kiev not to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential elec(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder (third from right) meet in the Yusupovsky palace at a North Stream reception on the occasion of Mr Schröder’s 70th birthday, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: EPA/Anatoly Maltsev

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder has sparked uproar for welcoming Russian president Vladimir Putin to his 70th birthday party in St Peters(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: “It’s not on that the public purse drops out as an investor in crisis countries and that private companies cannot invest in these countries because of the credit crunch.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and socialist candidate for president of the European Commission, has called for a rethink o(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt  warned western leaders against pushing for military action in Ukraine, saying this would “possibly stimulate the Russian appetite”. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt has attacked the West’s Crimea strategy and described Russia’s annexa(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin. “She risks conflict with an influential section of the German political, media and business elite which, since the start of the crisis, has portrayed President Vladimir Putin as a Russian bear with a thorn in its paw: someone who needs sympathy, not sanctions.” Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For eight years Angela Merkel’s political trademark has been cautious, incremental politics – even in the most dramatic moments of euro crisis.(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012. During a weekend of telephone diplomacy, Merkel told Putin he had “breached international law with his unacceptable intervention in the Crimea”. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For the 14 years they have known each other, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have gotten on like cat and dog. Their public remarks strain the (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on crutches following a skiing accident, in Berlin yesterday, where she told German MPs “stronger European institutions” are essential. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe still needs a “quantum leap” in further economic integration if it wants to put the euro crisis(...)