Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt smokes a cigarette after a celebration of his 90th birthday, organised by Die Zeit newspaper in Hamburg, in January  2009. He has died at the age of 96. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/Reuters

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country for eight years at the height of the Cold War, has died at the age of 96, his office(...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The recent killings in Charleston once again invite us to ponder how western Europe differs from the United States. Nobody who has passed through Nort(...)

 Defendant Beate Zschäpe stands in court with her legal team on the opening day of the NSU neo-Nazi murder trial in Munich, Germany.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

  With her arms folded, a smiling Beate Zschäpe strode quickly into a tightly guarded Munich courtroom yesterday to answer to murder an(...)

German police carry barriers in front of the Munich regional court where the trial of  Beate Zschaepe, a member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) is due to take place this week. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

A Munich court said today it would postpone the start of the trial of a suspected neo-Nazi until May after Germany's Constitutional Court ruled(...)