Bodo Ramelow: his Erfurt alliance has been condemned by former eastern dissidents and the Christian Democrats. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

A quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall fell, Die Linke, political successors to East Germany’s ruling party, has appointed its first state premi(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 4th, 2014.

A quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell, triggering unification a year later, there have been times of late when you’d be forgiven for thinking t(...)

Two West German policemen prevent people from approaching as East German police, the vopos, stand on and near a fallen portion of the Berlin Wall onNovember 11th 1989. 2:58

East Germany ceased to exist four days before its 41st birthday, on the day of German unity: October 3rd 1990. But the emotional end of East Germany c(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

German president Joachim Gauck says he has difficulties with the idea of an SED successor party leading a state government. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Days before Germany remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall a quarter of a century ago, the heirs to the party that built the structure have taken a fur(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a rally against anti-Semitism. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and sp(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (left) and Polish president Bronisaw Komorowski at the commemoration of the start of the second World War 75 years ago in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has been accused of “pouring oil on the fire” in Ukraine by criticising Russia at a ceremony to mark the outbreak of t(...)

Civilian volunteers help Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches to fortify the surroundings of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Kiev has warned that a “great war” threatens Europe as pro-Russian insurgents, allegedly backed by Moscow’s military, forced government troops to r(...)

  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(...)