German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

 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(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel does not approve of binding quotas for women Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

German listed companies will be obliged to have at least 30 per cent women at non-executive board level from 2016.But the Bundestag vote, hailed as “h(...)

Former SPD politician Sebastian Edathy  in a  regional court in Verden, Germany, yesterday.  Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AP

Senior figures in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have demanded the resignation from the party of a former politician who has admitted owning (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after making his speech, near German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Bundestag in Berlinon Friday. Photograph: EPA

Through gritted teeth, and for very different reasons, a comfortable majority of German parliamentarians backed a four-month extension to the Greek EU(...)

German deputy chancellor and economis minister Sigmar Gabriel delivers a speech at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday. The party he leads, the SPD, is stuck 15 opinion poll points behind its grand coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s CDU. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

After five years of Merkel’s austerity melodies, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel wants to change the record. And so the deputy c(...)

Free Liberals (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner gives flowers to Katja Suding, the party’s top candidate in the Hamburg state election, at a meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Tim Brakemeier

After 18 months in the political wilderness, Germany’s liberal Free Democrats have seized on weekend election gains in Hamburg as a welcome last-minu(...)

FDP Hamburg leader Katja Suding (right) and two party colleagues did a photo shoot as ‘Linder’s Angels’ – a nod to luckless FDP leader Christian Lindner.

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were once the kingmaker of postwar politics: proud champions of free markets and human rights. Then the (...)

Seventy years after the Red Army liberated the Nazi camp’s 7,000 remaining prisoners, the 300 elderly survivors supported each other on their walk down the railway line, past the notorious selection ramp, towards the former gas chambers and crematoriums. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/Poland Out 1:49

The last 300 survivors of Auschwitz paid a final visit to the snow-covered former death camp yesterday to urge the world to remember the 1.1 million(...)