Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the Saxony branch of the AfD,   speaking to the media at the Saxony state parliament in Dresden yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has opened the door to co-operation with the Islam-critical Pegida movement. Moving quic(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel faces two challenges: to demand political clarification and intelligence concessions from US president Barack Obama, and to control a domestic political chorus that has built to a shrill crescendo. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A thunder storm caused a power outage in parts of Berlin yesterday, but the outrage over a German double agent has generated enough heat and light (...)

Jesselyn Radack, former US Justice Department ethics attorney turned whistleblower and Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA turned whistleblower testifying at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany on Friday in Berlin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week (...)

German benefits and interior minister Thomas de Maizière (left) said he wanted to end the phenomenon of new arrivals unable to speak the language, submitting word-perfect applications for a trading licence and later, welfare payments. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German fears of being flooded by so-called “welfare tourists” from eastern Europe were dismissed as overblown yes(...)

German  minister for defenceThomas De Maiziere (centre) at a recent committee of enquiry  on the Euro Hawk unmanned surveillance drone programme. Photograph: Reuters

On the “most likely to succeed Angela Merkel” list, most Berlin watchers would have given good odds to defence minister Thomas de Maizière. A M(...)