Prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet. Photograph: Christian Marquardt / EPA

Continuity candidate wins run-off vote against conservative-liberal rival Friedrich Merz

Germany’s conservative CDU party will pick a new leader  from three candidates: moderate Armin Laschet (pictured), arch-conservative Friedrich Merz and outsider Norbert Röttgen. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Battle for CDU leadership also a popularity contest for chance to succeed Angela Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel and health minister Jens Spahn in the Bundestag. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ireland’s coronavirus experience described as a ‘cautionary tale’ for policymakers

Preparations for the CDU’s digital conference in a hall at Berlin Messe fairgrounds. Photograph: Odd Andersen/Pool/AFP via Getty

Party grandee Armin Laschet is the frontrunner, but the outcome is far from clear

Max Schrems: Austrian lawyer and privacy activist. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Privacy campaigner still awaiting response to complaint submited to DPC in 2013

The German hairdressers’ association has criticised professional soccer players sporting immaculate hair amid a lockdown that has seen hair salons shut. File photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

A month after salons were ordered shut, football haircuts spark furious response

File photograph showing a sticker with words ‘LGBT-free zone’ distributed in weekly conservative magazine Gazeta Polska, in Warsaw, in 2019. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Complainants says court ‘stated plainly’ that pro-life campaigner’s comment was ‘unacceptable’

Tatjana Lang fills a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Pfaffenhofen, southern Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty

Possibility of obligatory jabs for medical, care staff raised amid high vaccine scepticism

Reich interior minister Wilhelm Frick, far left, with Adolf Hitler. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Surprising remnants include name-change provision with basis in Nuremberg Laws

 A protester raises a placard reading Trump Forever as police look on during a protest next to the Reichstag against modifications to a law during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)

Stolen election theory as vague and elastic for Trump supporters’ needs as the stab-in-the-back myth that facilitated Hitler’s ris(...)

The decision on Ireland was taken at a meeting of senior officials in  German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration. Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Air passengers from Ireland will be refused entry without a negative Covid test result

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  Allies said the US could no longer lecture other nations on the health of their political systems or rule of law. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Moscow lambasts ‘archaic’ American democracy while Merkel ‘furious’ at scenes

German chancellor Angela Merkel: held video-conference meeting with 16 state leaders on Tuesday, at which they agreed to extend Germany’s lockdown until at least January 31st. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

SPD demanding to know why country is not getting more doses of BioNTech vaccine

A woman walking past a department store in Berlin. Germany is to extend its lockdown until the end of the month.  Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Fumbled start to vaccination in Germany has triggered blame-game among officials in Berlin and the state capitals

The apartment building in Berlin which housed the Nazi-era brothel Salon Kitty. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

Berlin Letter: New book about alleged Nazi collaborator sparks interest of Netflix

Görlitz: Decades of renovation work have restored the city, spared the ravages of the second World War. Photograph: Werner Otto/ullstein bild via Getty Images

With its dwindling population, Görlitz seeks to exploit an unexpected opportunity

The UBS Group AG European Opera Tower (OpernTurm) skyscraper in Frankfurt, Germany.  Germany reported a record 962 coronavirus deaths in the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, the highest since the start of the pandemic. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Boomberg

Eastern city of Zittau a virus hotspot as nation records a record 962 coronavirus deaths in 24 hour period

Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

‘The immune response elicited by our vaccine has always inactivated all forms of the virus’ says BioNTech CEO

Stephan Balliet will effectively barred from early release after 15 years, which is typical for people in Germany given life sentences. Photograph: Getty Images

Stephan Balliet broadcasted attack in city of Halle live on a popular gaming site

The Humboldt Forum, a reconstruction of the old Berlin Schloss in Berlin. It will eventually showcase thousands of ethnological artifacts, many of which were acquired during the colonial era. Photograph: The New York Times

Walking around the building is a remarkable experience, it’s hard to know where to begin

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. The king said Swedes had ‘suffered tremendously in difficult conditions’. File photograph: EPA

‘A large number have died ... it is a traumatic experience not to be able to say a warm goodbye’

A Covid test centre in Graz, Austria. Photograph: Erwin Scheriau/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

Tests had identified an additional 4,200 cases with half showing no symptoms

Shoppers on Wilmersdorfer Street in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Fears that rush before non-essential shops close on Wednesday may increase infections

 German chancellor Angela Merkel arriving  at a Berlin press conference following  video-conference talks with state leaders  on coronavirus restrictions. Photograph:  Bernd Von Jutrczenka/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Bad organisation has plunged the country into a hard Christmas lockdown as daily death rates top 600

A protest against  coronavirus restrictions in Frankfurt  on Saturday.  Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

State leaders agree lightning lockdown of schools and shops until January 10th

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  speaking in  Berlin. “I know there is a growing pessimism across the EU and coming out of London,” he said, “but I still believe there are enough realists involved in this process to understand the consequences of no deal, regardless of what is being said publicly.” Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

Government preparing special measures to support Irish food exporters

German foreign minister Heiko Maas, right,  gifts   Simon Coveney a gavel as  Ireland begins its term on the United Nations Security Council, in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch,  Pool/Getty

Minister urges sides to focus on common ground, not differences

 People walk on the shopping street Friedrichstrasse in Berlin on Thursday.  Photograph:  Filip Singer/EPA

State leaders to hold emergency meeting on Sunday with severe restrictions on way

Angela Merkel in the Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday. She begged people to reduce contacts in the Advent season – or realise too late that “this Christmas was the last one with the grandparents”. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Critics point to chancellor’s short-term approach to crises and lack of road map for EU

Germany’s U-Bahn network opened in 1902 and the new stations bring the total to 173 across 10 lines. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Giant mechanical caterpillar key to elaborate project that added six stations to underground

The original Trans-Europe Express service was launched in 1957, and at its peak in the 1970s connected over 130 cities using a network of 45 trains

Intercity rail links seen as rival to airlines

German chancellor Dr Angela Merkel: ‘This is a very difficult situation and we won’t get through the winter with these measures.’  Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Pool/AP

Five-week partial lockdown seen as failure for having stabilised but not cut infections

  The Church of Our Lady   in Bremen, northern Germany: the lights may be out elsewhere this Christmas but in German churches, the music plays on. Photograph: Focke Strangmann/EPA

Church music has proven a lifeline for many Germans as a trying year draws to a close

Snow cannons blow snow on the hills in the Abtenau ski resort in Austria: The slopes will effectively be open only to locals and day-trippers until at least the new year. Photograph: Barbara Gindl/APA

Stricter measures come amid figures showing record level of 2,431 deaths in one week

 Candles and messages at Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

Suspect (51) appears before judge after car mowed down pedestrians, with baby among dead

 Police and fire officers near where the incident occurred in Trier, Germany. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Local man with no terrorist links questioned, as at least 15 injured in western city of Trier

German chancellor Angela Merkel attends a virtual meeting. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Pool/EPA

Regions increasingly diverge on rules ahead of Christmas as ‘coronabsurdities’ mount

Ischgl is a lively ski village with an extensive ski area in the Paznaun valley aound 90 minutes’ drive from Innsbruck

Germany, France and Italy want Europe’s pistes to stay shut. Austria says no

A road sign in the village in western Austria. Photograph: Alexander Klein/AFP via Getty Images

Village of 100 residents near Salzburg – a modern selfie hell – to be renamed Fugging

While wind instruments are considered the most tricky in a pandemic, many have a design that actually traps and condenses aerosols internally

Many wind instruments have a design that traps and condenses aerosols internally

Skiers, some wearing  face masks, take to the slopes in the ski resort of Verbier in the Swiss Alps on November 15th. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

Austria rejects proposals by Germany, France and Italy to postpone ski season

A car  in front of the chancellery after it crashed into the front gate of the building housing  chancellor Angela Merkel’s offices in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday. Slogan reads ‘stop the globalisation policies’. Photograph: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

Merkel meets regional leaders as country registers highest daily death toll of 410

Germany’s Green Party co-chairman Robert Habeck speaking at the party’s virtual convention in Berlin. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Becher

Some 800 delegates from party’s rival wings present united front for looming election battle

 Placards declare “Corona is not an excuse for nationalism”: Foreign minister Heiko Maas has argued “anyone today comparing themselves to Sophie Scholl or Anne Frank is making a mockery of the courage it took to stand up to the Nazis”. Photograph: Omer Messinger

Opponents of Covid-19 restrictions embrace idea of fighting totalitarian German state

Members of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party: After years of AfD insults and provocation,  MPs lined up to warn the party it had gone too far. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP

Debate sparked as chamber agitators turn out to be invited guests of far-right politician

A residential building in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district, where the presumed victim of cannibalism was reported to have lived. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Police raided apartment and found freezer with traces of human blood and a bone saw

 Archbishop of Cologne  Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki:  Instead of publishing the  report last March, he has accused its authors, Munich law firm Westphal-Spilker-Wastl, of working sloppily. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Aachen hierarchy more receptive to account of systemic failures than Cologne peers

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Andreas Gora/Pool/EPA

TV film features an 80-year-old former chancellor accused of environment failures

Police deploy  water cannons at a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, German. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

About 10,000 take part in demonstration against coronavirus-related restrictions

Apartments in Berlin. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty

Berlin Letter: Rapidly shrinking rental market may hit poorer renters hardest

German police officers during a raid on Tuesday  linked to the Green Vault robbery. Photograph: EPA/Filip Singer

Heist in Dresden last year saw 94 priceless pieces of jewellery stolen from Green Vault

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz and health minister Rudolf Anschober: Country has a spiralling infection rate of over 550 cases per 100,000. Photograph: Herbert Neubauer/APA/AFP via Getty Images

Sebastian Kurz says country will shut down almost completely until December 6th

A defendant (behind book)  is led into the courtroom at the start of a trial against five people suspected of having sexually abused several children, at the Regional Court in Münster. Photograph: Rolf Vennenbernd

Boys allegedly drugged with ecstasy and knock-out drops for often lengthy abuse

Polish cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz:  Denied several allegations made in a television documentary. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Any investigation would raise to at least 16 the number of clerics undergoing or facing canonical investigations in Rome

Cologne mayor Henriette Reker urged people to ‘please stay at home’. Photograph: Getty

Black day for Cologne: ‘This time there will be no celebrating, no singing and no dancing’

A file photo taken in 2013 of then US vice-president Joe Biden and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

US expects more from EU ‘and rightly so’, German chancellor says

BioNTech plans to produce 50 million doses of the new vaccine before the end of the year and up to 1.3 billion in 2021. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

BioNTech’s work could provide a major breakthrough in the fight against the pandemic

Mink farmers protesting in Holstebro, Jutland, as Denmark prepares to cull  mink   due to a mutated coronavirus.  Photograph: EPA/Bo Amstrup

Prime minister announces new restrictions affecting 280,000 people, and has ordered the cull of millions of mink on farms

Travellers wear protective face masks on the escalators at Berlin’s Central Station. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Schools, hairdressers and shops remain open in ‘lockdown lite’ as testing hits capacity

Women wearing face masks watch as police march past them, in Warsaw, Poland, amid protests at the weekend. Poland’s right-wing government has delayed implementation of a court ruling that would impose a near-total ban on abortions after two weeks of the largest protests the country has experienced since the 1989 collapse of communism. File photograph: Maciek Nabrdalik/New York Times

Conservative Law and Justice party and its partners alarmed by burgeoning protests

A military police officer stands guard near a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Austria’s interior minister says Slovakia alerted BVT to attempt to buy ammunition

 Austrian police gather after multiple shootings in the first district of Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Four killed and 17 injured in shooting spree by 20-year-old Islamic State supporter

Police stand outside the Vienna State Opera after gunfire in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Michael Gruber/Getty Images

Manhunt under way after shooting takes place at six locations in Austrian capital

The cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Report falls victim to legal claims and a power battle among two church camps

German authorities say missing Wirecard executive Jan Marsalek, who vanished just as the digital payments company collapsed, may be an informer for Austria’s intelligence agency. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Jan Marsalek disappaeared the day he was fired as details of €3bn fraud emerged

A man gesticulates as he protests against a court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Poland, in Warsaw. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Polish women’s groups prepare to face off against police and neo-fascists as rallies continue

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ‘We are in a dramatic situation that affects us all, without exception.’ Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Bundestag opposition warns of ‘crisis of trust’ in government with bars, restaurants to close

The check-in hall of Terminal 1 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Schoenefeld, Germany, which is due to open on Saturday. Entire sections of the finished airport had to be ripped out and replaced. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

BER is nine years late, wildly over budget and opening during a pandemic

German chancellor Angela Merkel  arrives with Berlin’s mayor Michael Mueller (left) and Markus Soeder (right), state premier of Bavaria for a news conference on the nation’s new coronavirus restrictions  in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/AFP/Getty

‘We are in a new situation we may soon no longer be able to master’ warns finance minister

Poland’s constitutional tribunal  ruled on October 22nd that laws currently permitting abortion due to foetal defects are unconstitutional. Explaining its verdict, the court said that human life was of value in every development phase, and should therefore be protected by law. Photograph: Art Service 2 Poland out/EPA

Deputy PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski insists protesters a threat to public order, Polish values

CDU politician Friedrich Merz: “I am leading clearly in all polls. If that was different there would certainly have been an election this year.”  Photograph:  Getty Images

Merz sees postponed party conference as part of campaign to give rivals time to boost support

A protester in front of a line of riot police guarding the house of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty

Abortions now legal only in cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s health

The three candidates for the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union party,  CDU foreign policy expert Norbert Röttgen, CDU politician Friedrich Merz and North-Rhine Westphalia’s state premier Armin Laschet. Photograph:   Michael Kappeler/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus has hobbled the CDU’s long-running efforts to reach a decision

 People opposed to face masks walk in a protest march against government restrictions on personal freedoms in Stuttgart, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Restrictions devised to protect public health draw stream of insults from furious citizens

Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble: “The principles of the rule of law and democracy oblige the parliamentary legislator to make decisions itself and not leave it to the administration.”  Photograph:Bloomberg

German MPs urged to take back control of Covid legislation rather than rubberstamp extension of emergency provisions enacted in Ma(...)

Friederike Seyfried, director of the Egyptian collection of the Neues Museum in Berlin, points to the damage caused to exhibits. Photograph:  Stefanie Loos/AFP via Getty Images

Attack on at least 63 artworks took place in three museums in Museum Island complex

At the last minute, EU trademark authorities rejected his registration for INRI use on jewellery, which would have given him the monopoly on the use of INRI on crosses. Photograph: Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty

Werner Lustig is optimistic there is money to be made from 2,000-year-old Roman insult

Morning rush-hour commuters wearing face masks at Nuremberg central railway station. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

Diminishing political unity contributing to public fatigue with restrictions, experts fear

Bishop Christian Stäblein, of Berlin-Brandenburg’s Lutheran church: ‘What’s clear is, it wasn’t just the Nazis alone who discriminated same-sex love, even going as far as murder.’

Friedrich Klein stripped of ordination rights in 1943 in response to Nazi military court conviction

The Bundestag, German’s federal parliament, in Berlin. The city’s infection rate – though rising –is still about one-third that of Dublin’s

I’m struck by how many of my friends at home feel that anxious and bitter people are setting the pandemic agenda

Youths wave German flags during the celebration of the country’s reunification at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin  October 3rd 1990. Photograph:  Gilles Leimdorfer/AFP via Getty Images

Three decades ago 63 million West Germans and 16 million East Germans reunited

Swiss private bank Julius Bär. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

Subsidiary of Julius Bär bank helped hide cash for ruling party in state’s dying days

Alexei Navalny sitting on a bench in Berlin. “You just think: this is the end . . . it attacks your nervous system, an overload that breaks you,” he told Der Spiegel. Photograph: Instagram account @navalny/AFP via Getty Images)

Politician says he will return home to Russia in first interview since regaining consciousness

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki:  ‘Nobody needs to teach us tolerance.’ Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP via Getty Images

Letter signed by 50 ambassadors calls for tolerance as ruling party ramps up rhetoric

Vienna has begun shifting its entire testing regime away from the traditional nose-throat swab system to a  ‘gurgle test’. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/ APA/ AFP via Getty

Fleet of blue buses with medical staff to visit schools, using newly developed rapid test

Christian Lüth: “The worse it is for Germany, the better it is for the AfD.” Photograph: Popow/ullstein bild

German far-right party’s ‘fascist’ Christian Lüth says view representative of AfD seniors

Padraic Rowan in Das Rheingold auf dem Parkdeck, a production of Rhinegold on the roof of the Deutsche Opera Berlin car park. Photograph:  Bernd Uhlig

While the Irish arts sector remains largely shut down, Germany is prioritising the unlocking of culture

Ireland’s official Covid tracker app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Japan and South Korea trace beyond 48 hours to establish where the sick person caught the virus

A lone biker at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Berlin defines a risk area as anywhere with a new infection rate above 50 per 100,000 of population in the last seven days. Photograph: iStock

Arrivals from Dublin required to take a coronavirus test within 10 days and self-isolate until they receive negative result

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said there was ‘strong solidarity’ with Ireland and its concerns about Brexit at a meeting of EU trade ministers in Berlin. File photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

Tánaiste concerned that extremists using pandemic to rally support for conspiracy theories

One of  Jeanette Lowe’s pictures exploring   Dublin inner-city street scenes. Photograph: Jeanette Lowe

The work in Ireland in Frame provides lessons for a Republic in the grip of a pandemic

Polish farmers take part in a demonstration in Warsaw against a proposed ban on fur farms and kosher meat exports.  Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/Getty

Junior coalition partners vote against PiS Bills restricting ritual slaughter and fur trade

The feud increases pressure on the Albrecht family to reform Aldi Nord’s tax-efficient holding structure.

Grandson of founder accuses mother and sisters of defrauding company

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP via Getty

Germany, which is also seeing a spike in cases, declares Vienna a Covid-19 risk zone

The police officers are suspected of swapping images of Adolf Hitler and refugees in gas chambers. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Officers in North Rhine-Westphalia face charges of incitement to hatred

Women and children protest on a road where asylum seekers from the destroyed Moria camp find shelter near a new temporary camp, Mytilene, Greece. Photograph: EPA

Plan divides public opinion and generates tension inside Merkel’s ruling CDU party

Nazi family history: German designer Karl Lagerfeld  in Paris in 2011. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen, Reuters

Celebrated fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had guarded his family history closely

 Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives  at the construction site of the new Tesla factory near Berlin. Photograph:  Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Elon Musk’s visit to new Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ underlines growing crisis in German car industry

Eurogroup president Paschal Donohoe speaking at the meeting of euro-zone finance ministers. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Eurogroup president wants return to budgetary and fiscal normality

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