‘Humanitarian imperative’: German chancellor Angela Merkel with a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats in Karlsruhe. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Probst

German chancellor Angela Merkel challenged internal party critics of her liberal refugee policy on Monday, warning that cowards and pessimists had no(...)

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Last July, the German weekly Der Spiegel printed a cover bearing the headline “Wir sind wieder . . . wer?” This headline was a play on words based on (...)

Infra-Éireann: the Irish pavilion

Rem Koolhaas knows how to put on a show. The Dutch starchitect designed what is probably the world’s most preposterous building, the loopy China Ce(...)

A 10-million mark note from 1923 at the height of the hyper-inflation days of the Weimar Republic. Photograph: iStockphoto

Every euro area government has framed the ongoing crisis to suit its own political and economic concerns. Many have chosen austerity, war(...)