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Dutch fighter pilot Jan Linzel who has died in west Cork aged 103.

One of the oldest survivors of the second World War and the last surviving member of the Royal Dutch Air Force who attacked and fought the Luftwaffe w(...)

 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal minister for health is examining whether to exclude from state schools and kindergartens all children not vaccinated against measles(...)

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(...)

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 chancellor Angela Merkel is applauded after addressing delegates during her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party’s congress in Essen, western Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has launched her re-election battle as a law-and-order candidate, facing down internal critics and a rising far-right challen(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, seen with CDU party members, will present herself in the election as a voice of sanity in an age of anxiety. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

These are the best – and worst – of times for Angela Merkel. After 11 years as chancellor, the suspense ahead of Tuesday’s gathering of her Christian (...)

 A sign marks the location of a branch of German discount supermarket chain Aldi. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The German supermarket chain Aldi revels in austerity, with stores reminiscent of fluorescent-lit bunkers, shelves packed with €1 cans of sliced pork (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  Proposals, to be presented by her Christian Democratic Union next week, will reportedly include a ban on burkas and dual citizenship for non-EU citizens. Photograph: AP

More than 150 German police carried out a series of raids yesterday, targeting radical preachers suspected of recruiting for so-called Islamic State. (...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)