“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

German chancellor Angela  Merkel has cancelled her regular trip to the Davos World Economic Forum, the global leaders’ gathering. Photograph: Frederik Von Erichsen/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing increasing pressure at home after her justice minister yesterday warned that attackers identified as migrant(...)

Cologne police have reviewed complaints from women who described being robbed, sexually harassed and in one case raped as revellers poured into the city from the train station. Photograph: Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced outrage at a series of sexual assaults in the western city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, saying the perpetr(...)

 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(...)