A placard states “No to the corona dictatorship” at an anti-lockdown protest of the so-called Querdenker movement (Lateral Thinkers) in Berlin. Photograph:  Paul Zinken/AFP

With weary eyes and a stubbly face, Nikolai Nerling’s video post has a weary air of disaster pragmatism. Standing before a pile of mangled fences, he(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (third from left) and Rhineland-Palatinate state premier Malu Dreyer (right) talk to a resident during their visit in the flood-ravaged village of Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on Sunday. Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as “terrifying” on Sunday after the death toll across the r(...)

Firefighters move sandbags against the rising water level of the Duessel, which has already flooded large parts of Duesseldorf Grafenberg, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

More than 60 people have died and dozens of people are missing in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets in(...)