German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

German president Joachim Gauck leaves the podium after a speech during a ceremony of remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, Belgium today. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck delivered a forceful speech today on the actions of his own country in invading Belgium on August 4th, 1914 . Mr Gauck(...)

Part of an exhibition in Liège entitled “I was 20 in 14” shows a trench during the first World War. Photograph: Yves Herman.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will take part in an international commemorative ceremony in Liège in Belgium today to mark the begin(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (left) and French president Francois Hollande  lay the foundation stone for a German-French museum, during the memorial event for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War today.  Photograph: Christophe Keraba/EPA

French president Francois Hollande has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first World War with an appeal to players in the Gaza conflict to put(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

After the revelations last autumn, courtesy of Edward Snowden, that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) was involved in widespread phone(...)

Whistleblowers Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake testify at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

When German investigators raided the Munich home of a German foreign intelligence (BND) employee, they didn’t find a secret radio transmitter or direc(...)

Jesselyn Radack, former US Justice Department ethics attorney turned whistleblower and Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA turned whistleblower testifying at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany on Friday in Berlin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week (...)

Wounded soldiers arrive at Rheims station from the western front during the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Joseph Zimet, director general of the Centenary Mission, has spent three years organising French and international commemorations of the beginning (...)