Beatrix von Storch, MEP for the German right-wing Alternative für Deutschland party, backed a proposal to shoot refugees entering Germany illegally. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Germany’s leading Muslim organisation has likened the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the Nazis for demanding a total ban on burkas, mos(...)

Former chancellor Helmut Kohl: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, a fierce critic of Angela Merkel’s migrant policy, is to visit  Kohl, raising eyebrows among German politicians. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters/Files

Germany ex-chancellor, Helmut Kohl, has taken a fresh swipe at his estranged protégé, Angela Merkel, and her migration strategy before a Tuesday meeti(...)

A Bundeswehr soldier: Germany’s army is currently forbidden from acting on domestic soil except in cases of national emergency. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Germany may lift its ban on domestic military deployments as part of a wider security policy review, ending a post-war practice introduced following (...)

 Sigmar Gabriel: senior party leaders think the SPD leader should lead the losing campaign in  general election.  Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Just seven percentage points separate Germany’s oldest political party from its newest, with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) slumping to histor(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl  with Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official 80th birthday reception for Dr Kohl in his home town of Ludwigshafen in 2010. They are believed to have had an uneasy relationship for many years. Photograph: Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has delivered a birthday broadside against his estranged protégé Angela Merkel, warning against unilateral action in (...)

File photograph of German chancellor Angela Merkel and then  foreign minister Guido Westerwelle during a news conference in Berlin, in 2010. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Former German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, the country’s first openly gay cabinet member, has died, aged 54, after a long battle with cancer. (...)

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is pictured through a broken window after first exit polls in three regional state elections at the AfD party’s election night party in Berlin, Germany yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Germany is facing a “complete shake-up” of its political landscape, senior allies of chancellor Angela Merkel have said, after migration concerns hand(...)

Joerg Meuthen, top candidate of Alternative für Deutschland, reacts to initial results in Baden-Wurttemberg state electionson Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has raised its presence to half of the country’s 16 federal states - including t(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a campaign event for the Baden-Wuerttemberg CDU in Nuertingen, on Tuesday, framed by an image of CDU frontrunner Guido Wolf. Photograph: Marijan Murat/EPA

When Angela Merkel arrived at a Stuttgart election rally on Tuesday evening, she had hoped to have in her handbag a package of measures to ease the mi(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel: credits her first coalition with getting Germany through the crisis. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

With Ireland’s Civil War political model dying and the search on for a successor, our European neighbours offer interesting political alternatives. I(...)