People sit in the sun in Berlin: From Friday, the city has banned all gatherings of more than two people between 9pm and 5am. Photograph: Maja Hitij/Getty

With a summery Easter weekend looming, Berlin, Hamburg and Brandenburg have imposed night-time restrictions in response to recent gatherings of crowds(...)

Bicyclists roll past apartments so well insulated that they require almost no energy to heat, in the newly developed Bahnstadt neighborhood, in Heidelberg, Germany. Photograph: Felix Schmitt/The New York Times

From pop-up bike lanes in Berlin to park-bay cafes in Munich, Germany’s big cities embraced the Covid-19 pandemic as a chance to test new projects. B(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

The elections are seen as a critical test for Armin Laschet, above, the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union. Photograph: Marcel Kusch/Pool/AFP via Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc has been rocked by scandal after two of its MPs were forced to resign following disclosures they h(...)

German police officer taking care of a baby refugee / migrant at Munich main train station on 01 September, 2015. Photograph: dasWerk Michael Mitrenga und Maike Zimmermann GbR / Getty Ima ges

When, in 2015, Angela Merkel opened Germany’s doors to a wave of refugees bigger than any seen in Europe since the war, she divided opinion at home an(...)

Armed police officers are seen during the  manhunt for  Yves Rausch on Friday  in Oppenau, Germany. Photograph: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images

German police on Friday captured a heavily armed suspect accused of stealing officers’ weapons, after a six-day manhunt for the “Black Forest Rambo”. (...)

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

Picture the scene: Eamon Ryan, in white runners, strides into the Dáil chamber and, during a heated debate, announces to the Ceann Comhairle: “With re(...)

A policeman secures the area close to a house where a gunman launched an assault on January 24th in the town of Rot am See in southwestern Germany. Photograph: Marijan Murat/DPA/AFP/Germany Out via Getty

Six people have been killed and another two wounded in a shooting in Germany that appears to have resulted from a family dispute, police said. A man (...)

Büsingen, Germany’s one and only enclave, surrounded on all sides by Switzerland.

The trout floats motionless in the pristine, glittering river, unaware that it is a Swiss fish in German waters. The fish is similarly oblivious to be(...)

The damaged bus of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund after an explosion on April 11th. Photograph: AFP

German police say stock market speculation, not Islamist terror, was the likely motive behind a bomb attack on the team bus of the Borussia Dortmund f(...)

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