Matthias Mueller of Volkswagen, Harald Krueger of BMW, Dieter Zetsche of Daimler and Matthias Wissmann of the German Automobile Industry Association in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s big three car companies – VW, Daimler and BMW – have agreed to an EU-wide software update on millions of diesel cars to reduce harmful emiss(...)

A women walks by a security sign warning for a face recognition area at the Suedkreuz train station in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph:   Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

German police deployed the first facial-recognition cameras at a main railway station in Berlin on Tuesday, testing new technology that could help tra(...)

Plynk co-founders Clive Foley and Charles Dowd. The fintech start-up raised €25m in a Series A round in early June

Global fintech investment more than doubled from the first to the second quarter on the back of a sharp rise in European funding deals. Ireland playe(...)

Germany’s  environment minister Barbara Hendricks answers journalists’ questions on her recent  tour of Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg. Photograph: Reuters/Natasha Zekry

Seven weeks before they face re-election, German politicians have performed a remarkable handbrake turn in the growing Dieselgate scandal. After a tw(...)

VW Touareg: likely to face a road ban

Germany has warned that the VW Touareg is likely to face a road ban because its on-board software manipulates emissions, days after a ban on the new P(...)

A 50-year-old German was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife on Friday. Photography: Markus Scholz/Getty Images

The migrant who killed one person and injured six others in a knife attack in a Hamburg supermarket on Friday was an Islamist known to German security(...)

Police officers  securing evidence in front of the supermarket in Hamburg where a man fatally stabbed one person and wounded four others as he fled. Photograph: Markus Scholz/dpa via AP

One person was killed in an attack by a lone knifeman in a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday, and four more were injured wh(...)

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(...)

Margaret Lambert: ‘I felt that the young people of Germany should not be held responsible for what their elders did’

Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a world-class high jumper who was best known for her nonparticipation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics — she was kept off the Ge(...)

A fighter with the Christian Syriac militia, which battles the Islamic State group under the banner of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, burns an IS flag on the western side of Raqqa. Photograph:  Hussein Malla

It seemed too odd to be true: a German man called Markus Nowotny contacted the Islamic State terror group online, offering to be a suicide bomber. Is(...)