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 Christian Democratic Union party’s Armin Laschet: “We need to clean out bureaucracy, create a modern and service-oriented state that acts quickly and with foresight.”  Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

Armin Laschet should be savouring this moment, his elevation to the ranks of Europe’s political super league. The 60-year-old native of Aachen in Ger(...)

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki: under pressure after deciding to withhold a report into sexual abuse by clerics in the Cologne archdiocese. Photograph: Gunther  Ortmann/via Getty Images)

Priests in Cologne’s Catholic archdiocese are demanding their archbishop resign for suppressing a critical report into clerical sexual abuse in the we(...)

The Custom House next to the River LIffey in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Dublin has been ranked the worst city in the world to find a place to live for expats in a new study published on Tuesday. Ireland’s capital was in l(...)

A clip from Rezo’s “The Destruction of the CDU” – an energetic, 55-minute slice-and-dice of 14 years of what he terms CDU’s “gross incompetence” in power. Screengrab: YouTube

Chancellor Angela Merkel sparked snorts of derision for suggesting, in 2013, that “the internet is new terrain for all of us”. But nothing like the s(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel exchange the French-German friendship treaty during the signing ceremony  in Aachen, Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a ritual so faithfully enacted and re-enacted that it must be mandated in some obscure corner of EU law. Every so often, French and German leade(...)

A sign notifying truck drivers of driving restrictions stands in Germany’s second-largest city. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The domino effect of bans on older diesel cars started in Germany on Friday as the regional court in Aachen ruled local authorities must implement a d(...)

 A file photograph of Pigne d’Arolla mountain near Arolla, Switzerland. Police in southwestern Switzerland said on Monday that  four Alpine climbers had died and another five were in critical condition after becoming trapped overnight by an unexpected storm of snow and high winds. Photograph: Kantonspolizei Valais//Keystone via AP

Four climbers have died and another five are in a critical condition after they became trapped overnight on the Swiss Alps during an unexpected storm(...)

Allowing material possessions to be the controlling principle of our lives leaves us morally stunted and spiritually dead

Charles the Great, better known as Charlemagne, became King of the Franks in the year AD 768. He united much of Europe during his reign and reached th(...)

A protester with  a sign reading Diesel-Abgase Toeten! (Diesel Emissions Kill) at  the ministry of transport in Berlin. Reports of  experiments with diesel pollutants on animals and people  have caused horror in German political circles. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Dieselgate has revved back into life with revelations that German car manufacturers carried out medical tests on humans using exhaust fumes. After re(...)

Underpass in Stuttgart, Germany: The city’s administrative court has ruled that no measures to improve air quality were as effective as outright bans on diesel vehicles, “and that includes so-called retrofit solutions”. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

Stuttgart prides itself as the home of the Daimler car company and the internal combustion engine created by the company’s founders. But now the sout(...)

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