Robert Biedron, the first openly gay Polish politician and presidential candidate for the left-wing political coalition The Left (Lewica),  in Krakow on Friday, the last day of campaigning. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Critics fear a Duda re-election will mark the end of liberal democracy, 30 years after end of communist rule

An aerial view of the village of Ischgl, Austria, in late April. Norway believes 40 per cent of its Covid-19 cases can be traced back to the Alpine village.  Photograph: Johann Groder/EXPA/AFP via Getty Images

42% of those in Ischgl found to have antibodies, with vast majority asymptomatic

Wirecard owes a consortium of banks €2billion, and has a further €1.4billion of debt outstanding.

Shares in Wirecard down 90% in a week after German company files for insolvency

The cartel senate members of the German federal court open the negotiations between Facebook and Bundeskartellamt, the German federal cartel authority. Photograph: Uli deck/ EPA

Facebook defends data policy and insists nothing will change for its German users

 The seats in  the  North Rhine-Westphalia state parliament  in Dusseldorf have been fitted with acrylic glass booths to facilitate  distancing measures due to the coronavirus disease pandemic. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Federal states unwilling to host holidaymakers from stricken Westphalia

Germany’s highest administrative court has issued an injunction against Facebook’s Dublin operation, ordering it to stop collecting its German users’ data. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Order against social media giant’s Dublin operation says it abuses market domination

A barricade blocks access to a street next to apartment buildings fenced off and under quarantine that house mostly employees of the nearby Tönnies meat packing plant in the town of Verl. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Gütersloh region, with 370,000 people, faces new measures days before official holidays

Markus Braun reported himself to German prosecutors on Monday evening. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

Ex-head of scandal-hit German fintech company released from custody on €5m bail

German interior minister Horst Seehofer (right) and Thomas Strobl, interior minister in the southern Federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, look at a destroyed police car as they visit the location of riots in Stuttgart,  on June 22nd. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty

Germany facing law and order ‘alarm signal’ following street battles, says minister

 Quarantined employees of Toennies meat processing company receive food supplies in the district Suerenheide in Verl on Monday. Photograph:  Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Some 7,000 quarantined around meat processing plant at centre of new outbreak

Metropa map shows Ireland connected to Istanbul in idealised supermetro network

The plan will allow Bundestag MPs to get  the information they need on euro crisis bond-buying during their last sitting before the summer break. Photograph: Bloomberg

Move responds to court ruling on ECB bond-buying

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI leaving the house of his brother, Georg. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Joseph Ratzinger (93) visiting bedridden older brother, with no return trip scheduled

German chancellor Angela Merkel recalled how Germany’s last presidency also came around at a time of crisis in the first half of 2007. Photograph: Bloomberg

German leader hopeful multibillion Covid-19 crisis fund can be agreed by member states

German police officers detain a man following a Black Lives Matter vigil at Alexanderplatz square in Berlin on June 6th. Photograph:  Omer Messinger/EPA

People of colour have come forward with stories of random security checks and racial profiling

Some of the members of the Berlin Passionskirche (Church of the Passion) choir rehearse Isolation ahead of a live online performance on Wednesday.

Live online performance of ‘Isolation’ by Gerard Smyth to take place on Wednesday evening

Stephan Ernst (centre), who is accused of murdering politician Walter Lübcke, with his lawyers in the court in Frankfurt. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Murder of Walter Lübcke in 2019 shocked country amid growing violence against politicians

 Author Julie Zeh: she suggests that Germans have been exposed in the pandemic to a massive campaign of emotional intimidation. Photograph:   Getty Images

A protest movement sees ‘Corpus Delicti’ as a foretaste of what is to come in a second wave

Vehicles queue at the border crossing in Krusaa, Denmark, after the country reopened its borders to Germany on Monday. Photograph:  Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix via AP

Germany opens its doors as Spain brings forward reopening by 10 days to June 21st

People take part in a rainbow disco flashmob in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, amid attacks on the LGBT community by president Andrzej Duda. Photograph: AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

Andrzej Duda warns Poles to be vigilant against ‘foreign’ attempts to co-opt nation’s identity

Olof Palme: Swedish prime minister was shot dead in Stockholm in 1986. Photograph: Anders Holmstrom/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Stig Engstrom – who is dead – carried out 1986 assassination, investigators conclude

Olof Palme after his election victory in September 1982. The findings of a decades-long investigation into his murder will be made public on Wednesday. Photograph: Bertil Ericson/TT News Agency/ AFP via Getty

Charismatic leader was shot dead in 1986 in incident that became nation’s ‘open wound’

Anti-LGBT protesters demonstrate during the first Pride Parade in the city of Bialystok, Poland, last summer. Photograph: Magda Bogdanowicz/via Reuters

Timing coincides with the release of a film on paedophile priests in the Polish church

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘The claim she only ever follows public opinion is not true.’ Photograph: Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

‘The Swabian housewife has learned to act more like a Swabian SME,’ says academic

 Kate (L) and Gerry McCann (R) holding an age-progressed police image of their daughter Madeleine during a news conference in 2012 to mark the 5th anniversary of their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance, in London, Britain. File photograph: Dacundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

German child sex offender (43) is being investigated on suspicion of murder

Sweden’s  state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said his lighter-touch lockdown  had “absolutely” claimed too many lives. Photograph: Pontus Lundahl/AFP

Sweden and Denmark to open inquiries into coronavirus lockdown strategies

Generations of red-robed constitutional judges in Karlsruhe have, in their “Solange” rulings, given their qualified backing for EU law.

German politicians mull options amid two clashing views of EU jurisprudence

A  golden cross is placed on top of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. Photograph: Clemens Bilan

Symbolic addition to dome of Humboldt Forum proves ideologically controversial

Judge Malgorzata Manowska, the new president of Poland’s supreme court.  In a ranking by Polish judicial body Iustitia, she  received just one out of a possible eight points for independence. Photograph: Tomasz Gzell/EPA

Malgorzata Manowska, who has links to ruling PiS party, chosen as court president

Volkswagen has agreed to compensate tends of thousands of German drivers after a court found against the company and its “immoral, malicious” manipulation of diesel engines. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Leipzig court ruling opens door to claims from at least 60,000 car owners

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems has claimed there was ‘co-operation’ between Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner on the fim’s approach to strict European data-protection laws. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaigner claims watchdog met Facebook regularly before introduction of GDPR rules

Police at an unauthorised protest near the official demonstration against the restrictions implemented to limit the spread of Covid-19, in Munich, last Saturday. Photograph:  Christof  Stache/AFP via Getty Images

Each Saturday has seen growing numbers defying the ban on public assemblies

News of more than 600 cases of Covid-19 in abattoirs in several German states prompted long-threatened reforms. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP

Meat processors face €30,000 fines for each employee whose labour rights are violated

 Residents of Wadowice release pigeons during celebrations of the 100th birth anniversary of Pope John Paul II. Photograph: Art Service

Wadowice, near Krakow, birthplace of Karol Wojtyla on May 18th, 1920, draws crowds

 Cardboard cut-outs of Borussia Mönchengladbach fans  fill their stadium for the return of the Bundesliga. Photograph:  Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images

Bundesliga return divides opinion in the country while concerns among players remain

The Greens in Germany reached  out to groups not usually associated with them  – farmers, business owners – and listening to how they worked and how they were already working towards sustainability.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Greens in Germany reached out to sceptics and changed their country’s politics

A notice informing people of opening times at the Griesen border crossing near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Saturday’s reopening of borders marks a tentative first step to resuscitate tourism

A woman enters her nursing home in Stockholm, Sweden, during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Poor preparation and volunteer programme are blamed for death rate in old-age homes

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel: “We have come a long way but not far enough.” Photograph: Getty Images

German chancellor says it is time to ‘act cleverly’ so the euro can continue to exist

 Christian Drosten during a press conference on the spread of  coronavirus on March 9th in Berlin, Germany. Photograph:  Getty Images

A German television show presented a mash-up of its favourite Drosten/Streeck clips. The music was ‘Who let the Docs out?’

 Secondary school students in  Ettlingen, Germany: the decision to press ahead with state exams    has annoyed many students, parents and teachers. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty

Leaving Cert equivalent should be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, say students

Hamburg’s Reeperbahn red-light district resembles a ghost town in the lockdown. Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/AFP via Getty Images

Legalised brothels have been given no indication when they can reopen for business

Irish soda bread: 'When you’re baking, it’s best not to take on the fairies.' Photograph: Luca Trovato/Getty Images

‘Sodabrot’ overtakes sourdough to become Germany’s hottest pandemic recipe

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Most events marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day have been cancelled  due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Questions of blame and responsibility still dominate most ambivalent day in calendar

Former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at Trinity College in 2009. His office said he had no memory of the incident. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

German journalist sues over incident alleged to have taken place during 2018 interview

The leader of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in parliament on Wednesday. Photograph:  Wojciech Olkusnik/EPA

Weeks of political chaos end with ruling PiS announcing June as earliest date for poll

Prof Andreas Vosskuhle (second from left), president of Germany’s constitutional court, attends the ruling on the legality of a European Central Bank emergency bond-buying scheme, at the court in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Constitutional court ruling may focus debate on real value of single currency for Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Peter Tschentscher, mayor of Hamburg, arrive for a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph:   Michael Sohn/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Merkel and state leaders agree to open shops and schools as outbreak ‘more or less’ under control

Germany’s car industry is the heart of Europe’s largest economy but in the last week the industry has gone into cardiac arrest.

Car lobby wants €6,000 subsidy for buying a hybrid or electric car to be increased to €10,000, and extended to all car types

The headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Tuesday’s ruling ends a marathon lawsuit by German critics of the ECB’s “whatever it takes” approach to support the euro.

Court finds bond-buying programme does not respect ‘principle of proportionality’

A woman  during a left-wing May Day demonstration in Berlin, Germany. Photograph:   Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Demonstrators face off with police amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19

Berlin’s nightingale app has allowed researchers identify more than 2,300 songs and variations.

The German city has become Europe’s unofficial hotspot for research into the songbird

Students wearing protective face masks show banners reading ‘Better let the professionals decide!’, as they protest against the opening of schools, in Dusseldorf, Germany. Photograph: EPA/Sascha Steinbach

Mayor causes uproar over comments about wasting resources on at-risk Germans

Berlin Brandenburg airport under construction: delays and debts have shattered any lingering illusions about German efficiency, particularly involving public infrastructure. Photograph: Ilona Studre/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Berlin-Brandenburg gets permission for Halloween opening 14 years after construction began

A woman shops in a supermarket in Bonn after the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia made  wearing protective masks obligatory in shops and on public transport. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

As state politicians flex their federal muscles, public grappling with 16 different sets of face mask rules

A survey showed that only 47 per cent of Germans, wary of state surveillance after two dictatorships, would install an app using centralised data storage. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Decision to support app that will itself store key data marks U-turn after privacy concerns

Brendan Bourke (53), from Killea near Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Brendan Bourke and four friends contracted coronavirus while in Ischgl resort in Austria

German chancellor Angela Merkel: warnmed against depending on hope as a principle. Photograph: REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Chancellor supports gradual easing of restrictions but fears public complacency

 Deserted: St Peter’s Abbey church, Hohensalzburg Castle and the festival house (Festspielhaus)  in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Claim for 5,000 people who tested positive says private gain was prioritised over public health

The Merkel government’s response today – compared to a decade ago – is still cautious but far more open to compromise. Photograph: Annibal Hanschke/pool via AP

Merkel ready to show solidarity but Italy’s proposals raise the hackles of German voters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any crisis measures outside the current EU rulebook. Photograph: Andreas Gora/EPA

Berlin Letter: German chancellor has begun delicate manoeuvres amid coronavirus crisis

A pedestrian street in Dortmund, western Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty

Chancellor says Germany at the start of the pandemic and ‘not over the hill’

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Catholic archbishop of Cologne, said it was ‘necessary that not just shops open but also that churches can hold public masses.’ Photograph: Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters

As small shops and certain schools re-open in Germany, places of worship remain closed

Women’s rights activists protest against draft legislation that would ban the abortion of foetuses with congenital birth defects, in front of the parliament building in Warsaw. Photograph:  Wojtek Radwanski

Claim Warsaw statistics of about 1,000 abortions yearly downplay ‘reality’ of 150,000

Chancellor Angela Merkel, minister for finance Olaf Scholz, Bavarian prime minister Markus Soeder and Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher at the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/Reuters

Shops with floor space up to 800sq m can reopen next Monday, Merkel announces

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus, in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters

Chancellor under increasing pressure to outline exit strategy on lockdown measures

 A picture taken in May 2000 shows Martin Norz (C) as Jesus Christ  during a rehearsal of the passion play in Oberammergau, Germany. File photograph: Daniel Samanns/AFP/Getty Images

Tradition that arose in Oberammergau due to one plague is disrupted by another

The Brandenburg Gate  in an empty Pariser Platz square in Berlin, Germany, on  April 8th, 2020.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Germany has mobilised every reserve and cranked up every economic generator to insulate business from worst economic shocks

People at an outdoor gym on the outskirts of Stockholm: new powers are expected to be backed by the Riksdag parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Erik Simander

Stockholm approaching Covid-19 control more liberally than European neighbours

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrives to pay respects at the King Rama I monument to mark Chakri Memorial Day that honours the founding of the ruling Chakri Dynasty in Bangkok on April 6th, 2020. Photograph:  Athit Perawongmetha/AFP via Getty

Maha Vajiralongkorn was given permission to self-isolate with a 20-member harem in Bavaria

Chancellor Angela Merkel i=says Germans will return to free lives as soon as the health situation allows. Photograph: Christian Marquardt/Pool

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz says ‘resurrection after Easter’ is possible

 German chancellor Angela Merkel. After two weeks of home quarantine she  has returned to work in her Berlin office

Some are suggesting CDU should give way in next year’s elections to its Bavarian sister party the CSU and its leader Markus Söder

A protective face mask is handed over to a customer of a Spar supermarket during  coronavirus  outbreak in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Some doctors are concerned that few will heed the golden rules of wearing a mask

Archbishop Wojciech Polak of Gniezno, the Polish primate, insisted in a 2018 interview that Poland’s legal system ‘does not provide for the responsibility of church institutions for the acts of specific clergy’. Photograph:  Mikolaj Torunski/ AFP

Supreme court ruling gives clear signal to survivors and religious for future cases

A man rides a cargo bike next to a sign reading ‘Riding to work by bike avoids an infection – #FlattenTheCurve’ in Berlin. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Berlin Letter: A piano is better than passive aggression for reinforcing new social rules

A technician holds a tray of coronavirus test swabs  at the IFLb medical lab in Berlin, Germany. The lab is currently processing 300 tests a day. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Country’s death toll is below global average and intensive care bed numbers are well above

Costume chief Stefanie C Calm presents the first batch of protective masks to Marcel Tschurer, head of the Malteser (Order of Malta) in Düsseldorf.

‘We checked if we were allowed, then got straight to work’ says head of wardrobe

 A handout photo  shows an analysis cartridge put into a freestanding console that will be able deliver coronavirus test results in less than three hours, Bosch says. Photograph: Bosch/EPA

Engineering giant says automated system will boost country’s already high test rate

Sign requests people to observe a safe distance at the weekly market in Luenburg: The emergency budget is entirely debt-financed.  Photograph: Stuart Franklin

‘No blueprint’ as spending boosted to aid economy and healthcare amid Covid-19 crisis

A taxi is cleaned and disinfected in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Getty

Scandinavian state registers more than 2,500 cases by Wednesday and 42 fatalities

Stephen Molloy and Gunnar Rönsch, partners in Fundamental Berlin

Berlin determined to use ‘all we have’ to limit looming economic crisis

 German chancellor Angela Merkel will remain in quarantine at home after having  contact with a doctor infected with coronavirus. Photograph: Clemens Bilal/EPA

German chancellor had earlier announced tighter measures on public gatherings

A police car patrols between crowds of people at the English Garden in Munich on Friday. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA

Two-week ban followed by southwestern state Saarland

Skiing tourists in Ischgl, Austria, in 2013. Every year Ischgl, 1,400m up in the Tyrolean alps, is transformed from a sleepy village of 1,500 souls into a hopping winter sport paradise. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of cases across Europe linked to ‘party machine’ on Austrian slopes of Ishgl

People inside a closed bar  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph:  Reuters/Axel Schmidt

Police in Germany’s major cities are hard-pressed to tackle impromptu parties in parks

A family in Berlin watches  Angela Merkel’s speech on the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

‘This is serious. Take it seriously,’ German chancellor says in rare broadcast to nation

People queue in front of the gold trading store, Degussa,  in Berlin, on Monday. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters

Berlin Letter: ‘At times like this you need to diversify ... gold is always a safe investment’

A CureVac office in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Armando Babano/EPA

Donald Trump is reportedly trying to gain exclusive access to German firm’s reseach

Germany’s grand coalition government is getting more Irish by the day. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael must heed the lessons of Germany’s 15-year coalition

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, president of the federal-republic of Germany, at the 2020 Munich Security Conference, on Friday, in Munich. Photograph:  Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Munich security conference told US, China and Russia are sharing a short-sighted goal

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundestag in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/AP

Von der Leyen denies squandering hundreds of millions as German defence minister

Some 800 British bombers dropped 1,400 tonnes of explosives and phosphorous bombs over the Saxon capital. About 25,000 died, many asphyxiated as the flames sucked up all  oxygen. Photograph: AFP/Slub Dresden  Deutsche Fotothek/ RIchard Peter Sen

Steinmeier warns on efforts to ‘offset the dead of Dresden with the dead of Auschwitz’

Outgoing CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer arrives for the weekly meeting of the cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Senior party officials question outgoing leader’s timetable for appointing successor

German chancellor Angela Merkel and CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at Bundestag in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Search for leader underway after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer resigns amid pressure from fringes

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a news conference  in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Resignation of CDU leader after 14 months in role triggers speculation about snap election

Outgoing CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Kramp-Karrenbauer resigns as CDU leader triggers debate about party divisions

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer departs  following a news conference  in Berlin on Monday at which she announced her decision to step down.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German chancellor’s plan to stay in office until fourth term ends next year is now in doubt

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Angela Merkel: The former was seen as the candidate most likely to continue the current German chancellor’s centrist course. Photograph: Matthias Rietschel/Reuters

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will not seek German chancellorship after regional election debacle

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: criticised for failure to make Thuringian party  leaders heed ban on alliances with the AfD. Photograph:  Adam Berry

Resignations follow Thuringia deal with extremists and Kramp-Karrenbauer is tainted

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