Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva has urged athletics’ world governing body the IAAF not to ban Russia from its competitions. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Russia’s double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has written an open letter pleading for world athletics body the IAAF not to issue a bla(...)

Facebook has denied its network has fanned any xenophobic flames in Germany’s refugee debate. Photograph:  Thomas Hodel/Reuters

Germany’s federal justice minister has called in Facebook executives to explain why the social network refuses to delete anti-refugee tirades posted (...)

Germany’s chief prosecutor Harald Range,  had accused his then boss, the federal justice minister, of unacceptable political interference. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s federal justice minister Heiko Maas has fired the country’s chief prosecutor after he accused the minister of unacceptable political inte(...)

Blogger Andre Meister and Markus Beckedahl, founder of  Netzpolitik.org. Meister labelled the charges of treason “absurd”. Photograph: EPA/Britta Pedersen

Federal prosecutors in Germany have come under attack for launching a treason investigation against a digital policy website – and then suspending it(...)

A gay couple attend a street demonstration in Berlin. Photograph: Snapshot Photography/Ullstein/Getty Images

A ghost is haunting Germany: the ghost of Catholic Ireland. Four days after Irish voters backed marriage equality, politicians of all persuasions here(...)

Supporters of the Pegida movement hold up German flags at one of their weekly gatherings  in early  January  in Dresden.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s Islam-critical Pegida movement has vowed to return to the streets of Dresden next week after security concerns prompted police to ban last(...)

German justice minister Heiko Maas  takes part in a demonstration to protest against a rally by  right-wing populist movement Pegida. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

As Germany looks nervously ahead to the latest Monday evening Pegida march, the first since last week’s Paris attacks, some 35,000 Dresdners turned o(...)

 Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Berlin is calling on Google to disclose details of the secret formula that has allowed it to monopolise web search in Europe, in a move that is likely(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with chancellor Angela Merkel: Mr Steinmeier struck a more conciliatory tone and described Berlin’s partnership with Washington as “without alternative”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Berlin has ordered its intelligence services to conduct a full sweep for double agents but denied reports they should reduce co-operation with US age(...)

Justice minister Heiko Maas described the overhauled citizenship rules as a “very significant step towards modern citizenship policy”. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Germany’s three million-strong Turkish community has dismissed liberalised dual citizenship rules for non-EU citizens as a “half-hearted bureaucrat(...)