Helmut Kohl in 2000. “We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/EPA

Angela Merkel has led tributes to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor and her political mentor, as a “stroke of luck” for both German and European unit(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “No matter how this turns out, there is no good outcome for Merkel.”  Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA

Dressed in black and wearing a bleak expression, Angela Merkel had her darkest day on Tuesday, a day before the winter solstice. As millions of Germa(...)

A tow truck operates at the scene where a truck ploughed through a crowd on Breitscheidplatz square. Photograph: Reuters

As a grim dawn broke over Berlin, Germany struggled to understand what had happened hours earlier at the capital’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. (...)

Market salesmen arrive with flowers at the Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Tuesday. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The suspect detained over the lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has been released due to insufficient evidence, Germany chief federal prose(...)

A fire blazes on the premises of the chemical company BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: According to the company, at least one person has been killed, six other people are still missing and at least six were injured. The cause of the explosion is yet to be cleared. Photograph: EPA/Einsatzreport Südhessen

Residents of the Germany city of Ludwighshafen were urged to stay indoors on Monday after explosions at BASF chemical plants left at least one dead, s(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl  with Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official 80th birthday reception for Dr Kohl in his home town of Ludwigshafen in 2010. They are believed to have had an uneasy relationship for many years. Photograph: Torsten Silz/AFP/Getty Images

German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl has delivered a birthday broadside against his estranged protégé Angela Merkel, warning against unilateral action in (...)