German chancellor Angela Merkel: The Christian Social Union (CSU), which is allied to Merkel’s governing CDU party, opposes her perceived “open door” policy on migration. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Angela Merkel has mastered many challenges in the last decade, from the financial and euro crises to the Kiev-Moscow military standoff. But none was q(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  arrives for the Christian Social Union (CSU) meeting in the southern Bavarian resort of Wildbad Kreuth. Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Angela Merkel has rejected angry ally demands to close Germany’s borders in the Bavarian lion’s den – but promised to review her liberal migration pol(...)

Björn Höcke of the AfD: “People were already dissatisfied with a lack of freedom of thought and speech here, and politicians and media were afraid to speak the obvious.” Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Björn Höcke has had quite a year, successfully surfing Germany’s growing immigration wave as the most provocative politician in the hard-right Alterna(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU member states’ failure to deliver solutions to the migration crisis will have “enormous economic consequences” for the bloc, European Commission pr(...)

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 (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement during a televised New Year’s Eve address. Photograph: Ukas Michael/Getty Images

Guy Chazan Germany is to change its policy of granting automatic refugee status to Syrians entering the country, as it struggles to deal with an influ(...)

Angela Merkel: Germany will succeed because mastering massive challenges is what defines the Germans as a people, she has told her party. Photograph: Getty Images

Sandra Kühnert has taught Irish dancing in the German capital for almost 13 years. For the past three years her Jigs and Reels school had its first pe(...)

‘Humanitarian imperative’: German chancellor Angela Merkel with a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats in Karlsruhe. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Probst

German chancellor Angela Merkel challenged internal party critics of her liberal refugee policy on Monday, warning that cowards and pessimists had no(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to CDU party delegates  in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised at a congress of her conservative party on Monday to reduce substantially the number of migrants entering Ger(...)

 The German Bundestag lower house of parliament approved government plans to deploy up to 1,200 soldiers, Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft and a frigate as part of the military campaign against Islamic State. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Germany’s parliament has approved plans to provide military assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, including reconnaissance jets and(...)