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(...)

Sebastian Edathy, former interior spokesman for the German Social Democrat party and former member of the Bundestag, arrives to speak to the media over allegations he harboured child pornography on his computer on December 18th, 2014, in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A former Social Democratic politician has described his purchase of child pornography over the internet as “wrong, but legal”. Sebastian Edathy, for(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with former  agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, whom she fired  last Friday after he admitted telling the Social Democratic Party – but not her – last year that one of its MPs had been named in a swoop on a Canadian child pornography ring. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the first crisis of her third term with her(...)

The head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) German chancellor Angela Merkel (C) awaits the start of coalition talks with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany should be allowed to hold referendums on major European policy decisions that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money at E(...)

German Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele points at the signature on a letter he received from fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, at a news conference in Berlin, November 1, 2013. Stroebele met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, Stroebele’s office said in a statement, and would give details of the meeting on Friday.

Exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he has no regrets over exposing what he dubbed an “unaccountable system of pervasive surveillance” operat(...)

Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of the German Greens Party and the Bundestag, holds up a letter from Edward Snowden, former contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA), that Mr Snowden gave him  in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Getty

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he regrets nothing of his actions to expose surveillance programmes operated by the National Security Agency (...)

US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first published details of US surveillance provided by Edward Snowden, has backed German calls for the N(...)

 Barack Obama  standing in front of a window with a view of the  Reichstag during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in  2008. Photograph: Reuters.

The White House was under intense pressure yesterday to reveal the extent to which Barack Obama knew about US surveillance operations targeting the le(...)

Head of Germany’s intelligence agency  Hans-Georg Maassen arrives for a session of the parliamentary intelligence control committee  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Top German ministers and intelligence officials appeared before a closed-door meeting yesterday in Berlin to explain what they knew of data collated b(...)