The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: To date has declined to cap asylum applications into Germany, insisting that a European strategy will reduce numbers. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Austria has announced it will cap the number of asylum applications this year and, from next week, will only allow would-be refugees into the country (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (left) is greeted by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next to European Council president Donald Tusk  ahead of a meeting at the EU Council in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

David Cameron arrives in Brussels on Thursday under mounting domestic pressure to secure an agreement on curbing welfare payments to European Union mi(...)

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(...)

Tornados of the German air force’s reconnaissance squadron 51. From next month German Tornados will fly reconnaissance missions over Isis strongholds. Photograph: Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP

Germany has begun preparations to deploy 1,200 soldiers and provide technical assistance for the international alliance against so-called Islamic Stat(...)

Police and a bomb squad   in Berlin’s southern suburb of Britz. Police detained two suspects in a series of raids targeting Islamists in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance – but no ground troops – in the battle against IS in Syria. As politicia(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance - but no ground troops - in the battle against IS in Syria. After meetin(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting of the Bundestag to  discuss the country’s 2016 budget.  Photograph:  Adam Berry/Getty Images

Battling a bad cold and facing down a growing political chill, Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the Bundestag – and her European allies – that “w(...)

Helmut Schmidt: handsome, witty and supremely self-possessed, he was a magnetic speaker and a pugnacious debater. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Helmut Schmidt, a former West German chancellor who has died aged 96, combined personal dynamism, managerial brilliance and an often acid-tongued impa(...)

The big challenge will, of course, be the necessary integration of hundreds of thousands of asylumseekers once their claim has been officially recognised. FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

In early May 2006, in the lovely mountain resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps, ministers and senators of the 16 federal states in Ge(...)