German chancellor Angela Merkel with Heidenau major Juergen Opitz and Saxony state prime minister Stanislaw Tillich after their visit to an asylum seekers’ accommodation facility in the Heidenau near Dresden, where last week more than 30 police were injured when a mob of several hundred people pelted officers with bottles and fireworks. Photograph: Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the “hate” shown by German extreme-right supporters towards asylum seekers in the Saxon town of Heidenau and ar(...)

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: German authorities admit they were nervous about holding such a large event at such a notorious site.

Nothing ever went Hitler’s way at Berlin’s irredeemably Nazi Olympic stadium. The dictator wanted the stone monument, built for the 1936 Olympic Games(...)

A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

Ireland and an Angela Merkel lookalike are unlikely allies in a guerilla marketing campaign for “Straight”, a new magazine aimed at German lesbians. A(...)

A Lufthansa aircraft  (foreground) and a plane of the company’s Germanwings subsidiary at Dusseldorf airport. Lufthansa  said its compensation offer went beyond legal guidelines. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The families of 18 German schoolchildren killed last March in the Germanwings air crash have rejected a compensation offer from the airline’s parent c(...)

President  Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins called for harmony among European nations and said the Greek crisis must not be allowed to reoccur. He made his comments (...)

German president Joachim Gauck. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

German president Joachim Gauck has warned that the euro crisis is contributing to the rise of “rampant anti-European populism” that endangers the Euro(...)

Answering the German question:  Joachim Glauck at Bellevue Palace, his Berlin residence. Photograph: Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty

The German word Seelsorger has no precise English equivalent, but it most commonly describes a priest or pastor who cares for someone’s emotional stat(...)

German president Joachim Gauck said backing marriage equality was “not a vote against, but rather for something”. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has praised Ireland’s “sincere” debate on marriage equality, calling on Germany to follow suit. In a clear nod at a ret(...)

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images. 1:54

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a divided Europe hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the(...)

Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. “With Oleg Bryjak we have lost a great interpreter and wonderful person”

German shock at yesterday’s crash was mixed with unhappy memories of another major airline crash in Europe: the August 2000 crash of a chartered Conc(...)