The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts (...)

US secretary of defence Ash Carter:  “There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organised smuggling operation,” he said. “Targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling migrants and refugees into Euro(...)

Left Party floor leader Sahra Wagenknecht called it “madness” to respond to the Paris attacks with bombings that would cause further civilian casualties. Photograph: EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Germany’s opposition parties have accused Berlin’s ruling grand coalition of bouncing the country into a war in Syria without proper debate and witho(...)

Feminist campaigner and therapist Susie Orbach spoke at the Women in the World summit in London. Photograph: Simon Wagner

To ask a successful career woman about motherhood is regarded by some as demeaning. Would an interviewer, they argue, be as quick to ask her male c(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: said pooling military capability would demonstrate EU member states’ determination never to go to war against each other. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said a common European army would be a timely deterrent against further Russian aggression on th(...)

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Munich security conference. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Germany has risked a stand-off with the US on arming Ukraine in its fight with Russia, warning that a concentration of weapons would act as an “fire a(...)

German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet launches off from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf, at sea, yesterday. Aircraft from the carrier are part of the US military aircrafts conducting strikes against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in northern Iraq to halt their advance. EPA/MAZEN MAHDI

Air strikes by American fighter aircraft and drones have targeted Islamic State (IS) fighters near north Iraq’s vital Mosul dam.The Islamic State grou(...)

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble brushed off calls by German business leaders and economists to avoid sanctions against Russia at all costs. Photograph: David Sleator

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has insisted Berlin’s economic interests are subord(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel with French president François Hollande as she leaves the Élysée Palace.  Photograph: Reuters

After stagnating for the first 18 months of François Hollande’s presidency, Franco-German relations seemed to blossom at the annual Franco-Germ(...)