Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria have each hosted Bid Inspection visits from a delegation of Ryder Cup Europe officials - led by Ryder Cup Director R(...)

Members of the new German coalition government, including (from left)  Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD;  foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; defence minister Ursula von der Leyen; and CDU leader and chancellor Angela Merkel (far right). Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Asked in September how long she expected coalition negotiations to take, chancellor Angela Merkel joked that “Christmas comes sooner than you think”.A(...)

A woman wears a mask during a protest against nuclear power. The 1977 decision to store waste in a salt mine in Gorleben, 125km southeast of Hamburg, was made without public consultation and prompted decades of protest. Photograph: Getty Images

After 36 years of political feuds and citizen protests, Germany has gone back to the drawing board in its hunt for somewhere to store its nucle(...)

Peter Altmaier (left) a close confidante of chancellor Angela Merkel, urged the CDU not to alienate the conservative end of the political spectrum by chasing the urban floating voters in the political centre. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German environment minister Peter Altmaier has urged his ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to court its conservative voter base rather than c(...)