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 Donald Trump and   Theresa May: Britain’s bind is that Trump is not the cash cow that some had hoped.    Photograph: Reuters/Matt Dunham/Pool

When Theresa May visited Washington in January, she mentioned the special relationship more times than her hosts spelt her name right in the official (...)

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(...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson with leaders from Global Coalition working to Defeat Islamic State  at the state department in Washington on Monday. “My wife convinced me. She was right. I’m supposed to do this,” he said in an interview.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Rex Tillerson says he did not seek to be US secretary of state but was persuaded to take the job by his wife, who told him “God’s not through with you(...)

 Angela Merkel: As a veteran of European crises, the German chancellor knows by now how much the bloc resembles a cyclist: if it stops moving, it falls over. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

With the EU gripped by crisis, European leaders gathering to mark the anniversary of the 1957 Treaty of Rome wondered if there was anything to celebra(...)

 US Senator John McCain speaks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Republican senator John McCain said on Friday Donald Trump’s administration was in “disarray” and that Nato’s founders would be alarmed by the growing(...)

Hans Tietmeyer: August 18th, 1931-December 27th, 2016. Photograph:  Frank Kleefeldt/EPA

Hans Tietmeyer, the central banker who led Germany’s transition from the deutsche mark to the euro despite reservations about a single European curren(...)

Bob Geldof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after he helped to raise millions of pounds for Ethiopia through the single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and his Live Aid concerts

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald nominated Bob Geldof for the Nobel Peace Prize, documents from the 1986 State Papers show. Behind the scenes, Irish diplo(...)

Fidel Castro  in Shannon during a stopover in 1982. Castro  left a box of  Cohiba cigars for then-taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Who smoked the Cuban cigars Fidel Castro gifted to Charles Haughey? After Castro stopped off at Shannon Airport in November 1982 on the way back from (...)

Construction work outside the  Reichstag in Berlin in September 1999, shortly after the German government moved from Bonn. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Last week, Germany’s federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks flew 480km from Berlin to Bonn to present a report. Then she turned on her heel an(...)

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