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Georg Pazderski. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moderates in the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) suffered a stinging defeat at its annual conference after their candidate failed(...)

The Christmas market in Krakow takes place in the mammoth central square, Rynek Glowny, in the middle of its atmospheric Old Town.

Vienna The Viennese have been holding Christmas markets since 1298 so they know how to do it. Of the 20 or so to choose from, the best sits in front (...)

A policeman with a fire extinguisher over his shoulder walks next to a police car in front of a Christmas market stall in Potsdam,  after it was evacuated by policeon Friday. Photograph: Felipe Turela/EPA

German police evacuated the city centre of Potsdam, near Berlin, on Friday afternoon after a package was found near a Christmas market containing fire(...)

‘Can it be, that in this season of giving, a humble biscuit can become a gift of such value?’

Baking holds a special place in a German Christmas, and this is no more clearly seen than during the three weeks of Advent. Advent is traditionally a(...)

Privacy activist Max Schrems , whose new project, noyb, is gathering funding via a Kickstarter-like platform until January. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Max Schrems is at it again. Tomorrow Austria’s restless privacy activist will be in the High Court in Dublin for the latest round in his long-running (...)

Germany: A menu of bad options

Angela Merkel had a bad election, and her party’s efforts to form a coalition have not gone much better. The result of September’s poll left Merkel we(...)

Acting German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Social Democratic Party leader Martin Schulz. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) not to drag out talks for a fresh grand coalition, a week after the failure of(...)

When was the last time you cried? Ken: A Thursday. Bad hangover, very tired, after going from Lisbon to Copenhagen. I was by myself listening to the (...)

EU Brexit negotiators are taking a tough stance on aviation that would dramatically restrict UK airline operating rights unless Britain follows the bl(...)

Mayday parade in Moscow in 1980, one of the photos from Marco Carnovale’s new blog

In February 1980, an Italian student of politics by the name of Marco Carnovale embarked upon an exchange programme in Communist Poland armed with a N(...)

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