A local trader throws sweets to parade onlookers before the 714th annual Stoppelmarkt, northern Germany’s biggest fair in the town of Vechta, a stronghold for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union: Photograph: Derek Scally

It’s easy to make fun of the Oldenburger Münsterland if you’ve never visited this vast open space in northwest Germany, where the August corn stands a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote as the Bundestag yesterday approved a third bailout package for Greece. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

The much-hyped rebellion against German chancellor Angela Merkel fizzled out shortly after noon at the Bundestag yesterday. Minutes earlier, MPs had(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  at the German parliament prior to a vote on another bailout package for Greece, in the German Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber 1:01

Chancellor Angela Merkel was given a welcome shot in the arm in Berlin after the Bundestag backed joining a third loans-for-reforms programme for Gree(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: Has repeatedly stressed his reluctance to accept three more years of harsh austerity. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters 1:00

The mood in Athens was far from triumphant on Tuesday after a mammoth 23-hour session of negotiation had delivered a deal in principle to facilitate(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: The Emnid survey gives her and her allies more support than the rest of Germany’s Bundestag parties put together. Photograph: Axel Schmidt

Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently hiking in the Dolomites of South Tyrol and, after a decade in power, she shows no sign of slowing down in Berlin(...)

A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

Ireland and an Angela Merkel lookalike are unlikely allies in a guerilla marketing campaign for “Straight”, a new magazine aimed at German lesbians. A(...)

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece, in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/EPA

For her 61st birthday yesterday, Angela Merkel received two presents in the Bundestag. The first – welcome but unnecessary – was a bunch of flowers. T(...)

German president Joachim Gauck said backing marriage equality was “not a vote against, but rather for something”. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has praised Ireland’s “sincere” debate on marriage equality, calling on Germany to follow suit. In a clear nod at a ret(...)

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)