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Hesse’s state premier and deputy chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Volker Bouffier arrives on stage to address supporters as the results of the first exit polls were announced at the state parliament in Wiesbaden, western Germany. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s ruling parties are reeling from their second electoral upset in a fortnight, after voters in the key state of Hesse appeared to have abandon(...)

 File image of a woman in a niqab receiving a phone call  in Meaux, east of Paris, France. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-face Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called o(...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

The CSU’s Markus Soeder and Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, at Oktoberfest. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/AFP/Getty Images

It’s 11am at Munich’s Oktoberfest and, inside the vast Schottenhamel tent, the beer is flowing freely. In between slugs from their one-litre beer mugs(...)

Joshua Kimmich  and Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich warm up ahead of their game   against Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images

Arjen Robben rejected any suggestion of a mini crisis at German champions Bayern Munich after they dropped points in their last two Bundesliga matches(...)

Born in London to Cork parents, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy (second right) retained his accent when he moved to Leeside in the 1960s to work as a butcher, earning him the nickname. File photograph: Irish Examiner

It’s not every day that a crematorium heaves to the sound of dancers spinning around in a polka but then there was nothing ordinary about the send-off(...)

Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  Ten  years after he bought the club, they have been  transformed the club from a national punchline to the kings of English football. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty

Vincent Kompany has rejected claims that Manchester City have enjoyed an unfair advantage over the last decade thanks to their Abu Dhabi owner or that(...)

A demonstration on  the first day of the implementation of the Danish face veil ban, in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of Danes rallied in Copenhagen on Wednesday in protest at a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public, accusing the government of infrin(...)

Asylum seekers at the reception and deportation centre for refugees in Regensburg in Bavaria. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA

Germany’s southern state of Bavaria is the country’s most popular destination, but the camps that opened their doors there on Wednesday are nothing f(...)

German interior minister and leader of the CSU, Horst Seehofer. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called into line her rebellious interior minister over an unco-ordinated intervention in the European Commission’s(...)

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