Former SPD politician Sebastian Edathy  in a  regional court in Verden, Germany, yesterday.  Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AP

Senior figures in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have demanded the resignation from the party of a former politician who has admitted owning (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with former  agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, whom she fired  last Friday after he admitted telling the Social Democratic Party – but not her – last year that one of its MPs had been named in a swoop on a Canadian child pornography ring. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the first crisis of her third term with her(...)

Defendant Beate Zschaepe of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Undergroundarrives for her trial in a courtroom in Munich earlier this month.  REUTERS/ Michaela Rehle

Institutional incompetence “without parallel” in Germany’s postwar history allowed a neo-Nazi gang pursue a seven- year murder campaign against immigr(...)