Egon Brandt with Willy Brandt in 1963. Nobody, he thought, is going to help the Germans if they don’t help themselves. Photograph: DPA/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, who has died aged 93, was a prominent social democrat politician whose efforts to improve West Germany’s relations with the Soviet bloc hel(...)

  Firefighters battle flames engulfing a house that was destined as housing for migrants, earlier this month in  Weissach im Tal, Baden-Wuerttemberg state, Germany. There have been over 200 attacks on refugee accomodation this year.  Photograph: EPA/FRIEBE

Europe is facing a great challenge for our generation. Never before have so many people fled political persecution and war as today, many seeking refu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Heidenau major Juergen Opitz and Saxony state prime minister Stanislaw Tillich after their visit to an asylum seekers’ accommodation facility in the Heidenau near Dresden, where last week more than 30 police were injured when a mob of several hundred people pelted officers with bottles and fireworks. Photograph: Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the “hate” shown by German extreme-right supporters towards asylum seekers in the Saxon town of Heidenau and ar(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s president Francois Hollande present a unified front on the refugee crisis. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned as “repulsive” a violent stand-off in Saxony between German police and a far-right mob over an asylum-se(...)

Police clash with opponents of refugee accommodation in a former hardware store in Heidenau, Germany on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s interior minister led calls on Sunday for a crackdown on right-wing militants and racists after a second night of scuffles between protes(...)

Egon Bahr died on August 20th, aged 93. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, the architect of West Germany’s change- through-rapprochement “Ostpolitik” under chancellor Willy Brandt, died from a heart attack yesterda(...)

Germany’s deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel shares a light moment with residents of a refugee centre in Wolgast, Germany:  Germany accepted 202,815 asylum seekers in 2014, the most of any EU country. Photograph: Bernd Wuestneck/EPA

German Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has described European Union member state burden-sharing on asylum seekers a “disgrace”. Mr Gabriel, the (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: The Emnid survey gives her and her allies more support than the rest of Germany’s Bundestag parties put together. Photograph: Axel Schmidt

Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently hiking in the Dolomites of South Tyrol and, after a decade in power, she shows no sign of slowing down in Berlin(...)

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel: only a third of SPD members think he can unseat Angela Merkel. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images

One of the perks as German vice-chancellor is taking the big boss’s chair at cabinet during the summer. But as Berlin’s grand coalition reaches its ha(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “Politicians have their responsibility for their office. No one can force them.” Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images.

Cracks are widening in Germany’s ruling grand coalition over a third aid programme for Greece, a week after Berlin proposed a “time-out” euro zone ex(...)