German police have confirmed they shot dead an Irish man in Hamburg. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Hamburg police confirm they fatally shot man while responding to family incident

Heinz-Christian Strache (centre)  stood down as vice-chancellor and leader of the junior coalition Freedom Party (FPÖ) after secret recordings emerged that appeared to show him offering state contracts in exchange for dubious party donations. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty

Emergency parliamentary sitting likely to include no confidence vote in chancellor Kurz

Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache quit over a video which showed him discussing fixing state contracts in return for favours. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Chancellor pulls the plug after video sting involving leader of far-right Freedom Party

Leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer  with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph:  Michael Kappeler / DPA / AFP

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer adjusts to power-share with Angela Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel  said she was not interested in whether she would enter the history books as an “austerity” or “refugee” chancellor. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Irish and Greek reforms ‘proven to be right’ despite ‘considerable’ burden for population

A protest against the sexual abuse of children by Polish priests in Warsaw in October 2018. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, head of the Polish bishops’ conference, has called an extraordinary meeting next Wednesday. Photograph:  Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

After years of denials, Don’t Tell Anyone forces bishops to face up to weight of cover-ups

Angela Merkel with German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD)  at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/EPA

German chancellor seems to be warming to proposal for mid-century climate neutrality

Ulrich Mühe in his role as a Stasi officer in The Lives of Others.

‘The inner Hitler was conserved in the east,’ says author and former athlete Ines Geipel

A 1998 medical paper, since discounted as having no basis in fact, suggested a link between the measles vaccine and autism. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Authorities say 2019 likely to be a record year for measles with cases tripling in three states

The Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Schäuble warns that growing number of MPs undermines voter confidence

British prime minister Theresa May embraces chancellor Angela Merkel  in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Leaders hold pre-summit talks as German officials again deny any moves on backstop

British prime minister Theresa May with French president Emmanuel Macron ahead of Brexit talks  in Paris. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Donald Tusk says ‘little reason to believe’ PM can get deal ratified by end of June

Public Housing Projects in former East district. Photograph: Getty Images

Angry Berliners have a radical solution, while Vienna has housing sussed

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  Irish Border issue is about “violence or non-violence”. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

On eve of chancellor’s visit to Dublin, German officials underline support for Ireland

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister held constructive talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Duffy/UK Parliament/AFP

Prime minister and Labour leader agree ‘programme of work’ to find common approach

Victims were isolated or given part-blame for abuse, the head of Germany’s federal child abuse commission said. Photograph: iStock

Commission calls for greater research and information campaigns to break taboos

The city sold Markthalle Neun (above)  in 2011 to new owners who promised to promote local retailers for people of “every age, all social classes and nationalities”. Eight years on, things look very different

Berlin Letter: Long-term locals who live near Markthalle Neun say they now feel like extras

The protocol entrance of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The survey of people in 14 countries showed concern about employment (20 per cent), cost of living (18 per cent) and healthcare (17 per cent). Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Poll of 46,000 people finds that many want tighter controls on outer EU borders

The German chancellor has reportedly become an expert on the finer points of the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Analysis: German chancellor will use Ireland visit to express solidarity and discuss danger that Taoiseach’s backstop insistence c(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who plans to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin next Thursday. Photograph: Eva Plevier/Reuters

Varadkar to meet Macron in Paris on Tuesday

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: ‘If one wants European security and defence policy, then one has to agree European rules.’ Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia threatens defence co-operation deal

 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Measles wave across country prompts calls for MMR vaccine to be made obligatory

Defendants Marvin N (L) and Hamdi H (C) await a verdict in their case at court in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Paul Zinken/dpa/AFP/Getty Images

Two men are convicted over illegal race in Berlin that resulted in death of 69-year-old

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘It’s impressive how May is fighting’. Photograph: Eva Plevier/Reuters

German chancellor warns delays to Brexit cannot undermine European elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel, with a flash of Churchillian passion, vowed to push for an orderly UK departure from the EU “to the last day, to the last hour”g. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Angela Merkel promises to push for orderly Brexit ‘to the last hour’ ahead of EU summit

The explosion on board Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 and caused the plane to crash into the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988. Photograph: AP Photo/ Martin Cleaver

Suspicion that East Germany’s secret police may have provided logistical support

People march in the annual Equality Parade in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. File photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Dawid Zuchowicz/via Reuters

Mayor of Warsaw rails against ruling party’s scaremongering tactic to shore up support

Denmark became the first European country to introduce Down syndrome screening in 2006. Photograph: iStock

Down syndrome groups campaign against cover for test they fear will lead to abortions

Thousands of students take part in a demonstration against climate change, in Berlin, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Berlin march the biggest yet, with support from teachers, parents and leading scientists

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) greets president of the European Council Donald Tusk in The Hague,  on Friday. Photograph:  Bart Maat/EPA

Dutch prime minister vows to do ‘absolutely nothing’ until UK outlines departure timetable

German chancellor Angela Merkel: she is increasingly deferring to her successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Shifting political sands have led some to query Angela Merkel's lingering exit

CDU’s  Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: “European centralism, European statism, communitising debt and Europeanising social security systems and minimum wage would be the wrong approach.” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Kramp-Karrenbauer backs Schengen border security boost and call for ‘renaissance’

People pray by the restored monument of  late Fr Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk: supporters accuse Polish liberals of a witch hunt  against traditional Catholic values. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Bartosz Banka

Ex-Solidarity chaplain Fr Henryk Jankowski subject of claims of abuse and anti-Semitism

German car companies argue there was nothing illegal in their meetings to agree “clean diesel” norms.

BMW, VW and Daimler face heavy penalties over agreed practices

Cars on a production line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Some 60% of carmakers have already replaced their British suppliers due to Brexit. Photograph: Reuters

Up to 750,000 jobs hinge on free trade with fifth most important trading partner, the UK

Graffiti on a  disused Litfasssäule on a  Berlin street declares “Save this pillar!”  Photograph: Derek Scallly

Berlin Letter: Much-loved street advertising posts to be replaced after 164-year history

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), speaks during the traditional Ash Wednesday party meeting in Demmin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The German chancellor laying low, but new CDU leader’s bad jokes getting attention

President of Poland Andrzej Duda and  director of the Polin Dariusz Stola: the national conservative Law and Justice government has complained the museum is too political. Photograph:  Celestino Arce/NurPhoto

Sited on former ghetto, Polin Museum is accused of hosting overly political exhibitions

Theresa May and Angela Merkel in Berlin, December 2018. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Is the uncharacteristic sangfroid in the face of Brexit based on mistaken assumptions?

Activists in Poland pull down a statue  in Gdansk on Thursday of Fr Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly sexually abused minors. Photograph: Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza/AP

Activists say Polish church failed in resolving the country’s problem of sex abuse by clergy

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt attends a press conference after a meeting with  Heiko Maas  in Berlin. Photograph:  EPA/ Adam Berry

UK foreign secretary uses Merkel’s own arguments to appeal for help in ensuring a deal

Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/AFP

Arguably the most influential German man in the world, his life story was his greatest creation

German chancellor Angela Merkel: address effectively declared a state of emergency in transatlantic relations. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura

German leader gets standing ovation after airing US grievance list at security forum

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as Gretel in 2017. During that  turn, Gretel told her cheering audience about Donald Trump: “If they’d asked us ... they’d not have elected that twit.” Photograph: YouTube

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will arrive on stage this Sunday for some straight talking

August, 1980: Lech Walesa, leader of the Polish Trade Union Solidarity, who wenton strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk. File photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

How the fall of the Berlin Wall began in a beautiful Baltic port city in Poland with the Solidarity movement

White House adviser Jared Kushner attends a plenary session at the Middle East Summit in Warsaw: Photograph: Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Warsaw forum told trade with Tehran threat to sanctions against ‘murderous’ regime

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz  was fatally stabbed onstage at a charity concert in the city last month. Photograph: Simon Krawczyk/AFP/Getty Images

Station says it is making ‘an exception in the case of the widow’ as she is in mourning

A photograph of murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz against candles left by mourners on January 17th. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Pawel Adamowicz’s sibling believes he was the target of a public media hate campaign

Floating excavators prepare an underwater trench for Nord Stream 2, close to Lubmin, Germany, in 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Axel Schmidt

French concerns about reliance on Russia for energy salved as Germany agrees to regulate

German chancellor Angela Merkel and BND president Bruno Karl during the official opening of the intelligence service’s  new headquarters in Berlin. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AFP/Getty Images

Project has taken 11 years to complete, and has been dogged by theft and cost overruns

Police officers lift  a woman from the crowd   at the Love Parade  in  Duisburg, Germany,  on July 24th, 2010. A stampede killed 21 people after mass panic broke out at  the techno music festival. Photograph:   Reuters

Relatives of 21 people killed are outraged after judge says there is not enough evidence

Struggling in polls, and facing three state election disasters in 2019, SPD leader Andrea Nahles has promised measures to make welfare fairer for its traditional core electorate. Photo: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Germany’s oldest political party gripped by existential crisis following election disasters

The grotto where 15-year-old schoolgirl Ann Lovett died with her newborn baby in Granard, Co Longford, on January 31st, 1984. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What made many Irish men treat women as badly as they did?

Auschwitz Concentration Camp in  Poland:  Stella Goldschlag aka ‘Blonde Poison’ prowled the streets of Berlin hunting down Jews for 300 reichmarks a head. Photograph: AP

Berlin Letter: Stella Goldschlag dreamed of film stardom, but betrayed her fellow Jews

Former mayor of Slupsk Robert Biedron: was one of Poland’s most trusted leaders long before he unveiled a political party called Wiosna. Photograph: Jakub Kaminski

Gay politician’s new party targets progressive, left-oriented Poles with pro-EU message

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “There are definitely options for preserving the integrity of the single market even when Northern Ireland isn’t part of it because it is part of Britain while at the same time meeting the desire to have, if possible, no border controls”. Photograph:  Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool Photo via AP

David Trimble plans to take UK government to court over backstop agreement

Snow falls on a Berlin thoroughfare at the weekend. With little notice, a new speed limit regime has been imposed on many Berlin streets. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

German city trying everything to dodge emissions order banning older diesel vehicles

German chancellor Angela Merkel said East Germany’s centralised economy made it easier to crack open gender roles. Photograph: Adam Berry/EPA

German chancellor opens up about her political life as a woman and an East German

Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor, speaks at the Bavarian parliament in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP

German far-right party criticises ‘defamatory’ address to Bavarian parliament

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron talk with German and French citizens after signing the Aachen Treaty in  Germany. The treaty is meant to deepen co-operation between the countries as a means to also strengthen the European Union. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

Move to revive motor at heart of EU project

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz: Warsaw political observers say he has no political base and little connection to party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Polish foreign minister says London, Dublin ‘playing chicken’ over post-Brexit border

An activist distributes flyers for the far-right AfD party in Berlin.  It has been reported that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency may place the AfD  under full surveillance, sparking shockwaves in an election year. File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Report is a further stage towards full state scrutiny of far-right party’s leaders and communication

“We think that it is up to the British side ... to tell us how things move on from here,” German chancellor Angela Merkle said on Wednesday. Photograph:  Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images

Merkle says she regrets deeply vote result on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with EU

People mourn the mayor of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, who died on Monday from stab wounds received at a charity event. Photograph: Wojciech Strozyk/AP

Killing is low point in modern Poland and its sundering post-communist consensus

The alarming numbers – and language – have challenged the verbal discipline Chancellor Angela Merkel  imposed on her own backbenchers and German business managers in 2016.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

No-deal Brexit could spell chaos for German manufacturers and exporters, study warns

 Pawel Adamowicz: a progressive voice who supported sex education in schools, LGBT rights and tolerance for minorities. Photograph: Jan Rusek Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Pawel Adamowicz (53) suffered wounds to heart and abdomen in charity event attack

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policies will be reviewed by her CDU successor, and chancellor presumptive, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph: Reuters

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer flags tougher line to recover public trust and party voters

Mountain officials prepare a controlled explosion  in Val Thorens ski resort in the French Alps. Photograph:  Getty Images

Austrian Alps avalanche claims lives of men as region is hit by worst snow in 20 years

Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven is set to serve another term. Photograph Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Centre-left Social Democrats hit confidence-and-supply deal with centre-right parties

A file photograph, taken in December 2010, of the 100kg gold coin worth €3.7 million stolen from a Berlin museum in March 2017. Photograph: Marcel Mettelsiefen/AFP/Getty Images

100kg coin worth €3.7 million believed to have been melted down shortly after theft

Alternative Für Deutschland politician Frank Magnitz   had allegedly been beaten with a “piece of timber” and kicked as he lay on the ground in Bremen. Photograph: Fabian Sommer/AFP/Getty Images

Party has taken opponents’ hesitation as proof of double standards over political violence

Tim: As a result of his condition, as well as lack of after-birth care, he  suffered from several medical conditions. Photograph: Simone Guido

Tim, who had Down syndrome, was adopted by foster parents who became campaigners

People putting  snow chains on their cars  during heavy snowfall near Untertauern, Austria. Photograph: . EPA/Christian Bruna

Eight people have been killed and others are missing as Austrian civil authorities warn citizens to stock up on supplies

The suspect published the leaked data on the Twitter accounts “G0d” and “0rbit. Photograph:  Clemens Bilan/EPA

20-year-old student working in bedroom admits being behind huge leak of personal data

The German interior ministry in Berlin. Federal investigators said they had searched the apartment of a witness in the southern city of Heilbronn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Investigators say they have questioned several people in relation to mass data hack

German chancellor Angela Merkel: data hacked includes information such as mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat histories. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Hundreds of politicians and media figures caught in Germany’s biggest data dump

A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Stability of euro key to Berlin amid external pressures on EU from China and the US

About 90 per cent of the total energy tax is generated by sales of petrol and diesel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tax introduced by SPD-Green coalition led to rise in fuel prices by 20% in first four years

Final farewell: Angela Merkel is preparing to leave the political stage. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AFP/Getty

The underestimated easterner steered Germany through crisis. But her pact with voters finally shattered

Berlin. The German cabinet has approved new labour laws.

Country has a shortage of qualified labour

The article “Jaegers Grenze” (Hunters’ Border) co-written by  Claas Relotius in an issue of Der Spiegel. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Journalist resigns after flaw exposed in otherwise ‘perfect’ stories – they weren’t true

Berlin Bundestag: An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 people in Germany identify as intersex.

Law facilitates document to be changed retrospectively if wrong gender first registered

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of the CDU. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who wants to win back conservative voters, opposed to law change

Angela Merkel and Theresa May in Berli on Tuesday. The German chancellor told deputies after their meeting she could envision offering additional “securities” to the UK but would not consider reopening the withdrawal treaty. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

However senior officials decline to confirm support would remain in the future

British prime minister Theresa May and  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Juncker says there is ‘no room whatsoever’ for renegotiation of the withdrawal treaty

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is not interested in a cabinet position and wants to focus instead on building her power base in the party. Photograph: Focke Strangmann/EPA

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer must grasp the nettle of migration while building power

King of the road. The pedestrian lights in Friedberg, Germany, honouring the town’s famous former resident, Elvis Presley.

Friedberg and Bad Nauheim pedestrian lights reflect memories of the American GI

Alternative for Germany co-leaders Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Dossiers demand surveillance of populist party by domestic intelligence agency

German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel is applauded after her farewell speech. Photograph: Christian Charisius/DPA via AP

Delegates feel German voters want a new start, clear decisions and long-term strategy

Nerves of steel: new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer might have a testing transition ‘co-habitating’ with Merkel

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s victory puts her in pole position to be German chancellor

Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, owners of Irish knitwear company Irelands Eye.  In the past six years  its business to Germany has quadrupled. Photograph: Lensmen Photographic Agency

Many exporters are looking to Germany for opportunities amid Brexit uncertainty

Head to head: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Friedrich Merz. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

Kramp-Karrenbauer is in the Merkel mould whereas Merz is seen as a departure

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

In total 12 people running but a close race likely between Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz

CDU candidates for the party chair Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn in Düsseldorf. Photograph: Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo/Reuters

Wolfgang Schäuble has publicly backed Friedrich Merz in what some see as revenge

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, candidate to lead Germany’s ruling party. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Profile: Foiled in 2000, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer now tops polls to lead CDU

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS). Each MEP is entitled to €24,526 monthly to employ assistants and constituency employees. Accredited assistants can earn up to €9,000 a month. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

At least four relatives of Law and Justice party officials or employees work in its offices in Europe

German chancellor Angela Merkel: now displaying rare public flashes of her private wit. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty

Relinquishing CDU leadership seems to have freed up the buttoned-down German leader

Deutsche Bank shares were under pressure after news of the raid emerged.   Photograph: Getty

Inquiry, sparked by Panama Papers revelations, to continue into second day

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