Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bundestag on Wednesday, where she defended her ‘open door’ policy on the migrant crisis. Photograph: Sophia Kembowski/EPA

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at critics of her open-door migrant policy on Wednesday after her conservative CDU party was humiliated in(...)

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of AfD, with party candidate Lief-Erik Holm: said the coalition partners were damaging themselves by refusing to listen to the public. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Angela Merkel faces a political fight to win back support for her controversial refugee policy following the success of the anti-immigration right-wi(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the  G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. Photograph:  Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

Even a month ago, it seemed merely a matter of time before Angela Merkel announced she was running for a fourth term in next year’s election. But afte(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The election results are seen as a vote against her immigration policies. Photograph: Nicolas Asfonri/Reuters

A nationalist, anti-immigration party performed strongly in a state election in the region where German Chancellor Angela Merkel has her political bas(...)

Next time you bring your car in for repairs, ask the mechanic who made the block heater. That’s the crucial bit of kit that makes the car engine start(...)

A canoodling couple lies on the pristine white sand. Two boys collect shells for their sand castles. A trembling black chihuahua yaps pointlessly a(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: Chancellor Angela Merkel is keen to keep Mr Schäuble in place as finance minister and the 71-year-old has expressed his readiness to stay. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble is on course for a second term as German finance minister with the Social Democratic Union (SPD) reportedly ready to forgo control o(...)

 A resident inspects his house in the center of Dordrecht, The Netherlands, today after some areas in the  low-lying historic center of the city were flooded. Photograph: EPA

The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to six when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killin(...)