Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said the federal government’s departure from standard EU asylum practice was endangering the stability of Germany’s federal states. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an escalating political revolt after challenges to her position in the refugee crisis from her conservativ(...)

 German fan Peter Lintburg Frankfurt in Dublin’s Temple Bar before the defeat by  Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

These are bad times for German icons. First Volkswagen choked on its dodgy diesels, now the Germans have to deal with the Irish humiliation of their “(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Patrik StollarZ/AFP/Getty Images

In a frantic time for Germany, three things have become clear for Angela Merkel. First, her political legacy depends not on the interlinked banking/e(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has stood firm on her liberal asylum policy, calling it a “task of historical proportions” in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Germany’s refugee crisis is driving a bad-tempered wedge through her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (C(...)

Austrian Max Schrems waits for the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

The European Commission has vowed to keep open transatlantic data channels after the European Court of Justice ruled invalid on Tuesday the 15 year-o(...)

The ECJ ruling has significant consequences for Ireland,  given the number of global technology companies with their European and international headquarters in Dublin, including Google and Facebook. File photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s highest court has set Ireland on a collision course with the US after ordering the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) to investigate a (...)

Austrian activist Max Schrems and lawyer Herwig Hofmann  after the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday concerned a referral from the Irish Court involving the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in Porta(...)

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems. Photograph: Max Schrems/Europe-V-Facebook.or/PA Wire

Max Schrems, Europe’s data protection David, took on three Goliaths – in Brussels, Washington and Portarlington. And on Tuesday, Europe’s highest cour(...)

Max Shrems: Not an irritant but a canary in the Irish data mine. Photo AFP / Christian Bruna

If you knew a harbour was unsafe, would you anchor your boat there? Probably not. If the harbour authorities knew of safety issues yet kept silent an(...)

Austrian Max Schrems filed a data privacy infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Q: The ECJ has ruled transatlantic data transfers under the “Safe Harbour” provision invalid. Has Europe’s highest court just broken the internet? A: (...)