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(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

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(...)

Dr Merkel visibly enjoyed announcing that  her defence minister Ursula von der Leyen is  the first woman to enter the last male holdout of German politics.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Europe should expect no dramatic changes in EU policy in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term.Afte(...)