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Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

Former nurse Niels Hoegel pictured in 2018. Photograph:  Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/AFP/Getty Images

Andrea Wennecker’s father Johann went into hospital just before Christmas 2002 with a lung complaint, and never left. On Thursday his daughter listen(...)

Andrea Nahles, who suddenly resigned as leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s grand coalition parties stepped back from the brink on Monday, vowing to serve out their full term to 2021 after the sudden resignation of S(...)

German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel is applauded after her farewell speech. Photograph: Christian Charisius/DPA via AP

Like millions of Germans on Friday, Helmut Gels was glued to the suspense-filled handover of power in Hamburg. Gels is the CDU mayor of Vechta, a r(...)

Workers remove the debris from a storm damaged wheat mill built in the year 1786  as a storm hit many parts of Germany. Photograph: Wolfgang Runge/Getty Images

Strong winds battered northern and central Europe on Sunday, killing two people in Poland, two in the Czech Republic and one in Germany, with rail tra(...)

A procession in which St Oliver Plunkett is venerated in Lamspringe, Lower Saxony, Germany, pictured in late August 2013. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

While the head of St Oliver Plunkett is safe in Drogheda, Archbishop Eamon Martin on Saturday gave thanks to the Benedictine monks in Germany who guar(...)

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(...)

An attendant fills with a car with compressed natural gas (CNG) at a bi-fuel pump station in Salto, Argentina, which  has the fourth highest number of gas refueling stations in the world. Photograph:  Getty Images

As David Bowie might have put it, diesel is now out of bounds to my mother, my dog, and clown. The desperately bad press on the receiving end of which(...)

Presumed mastermind behind the Paris attacks  Abdelhamid Abaaoud was said by prosecutors to have chaired a meeting the whereabouts of which were known to Redouane S. Photograph: AP

A Moroccan man has been arrested in Germany and charged with being a member of the Islamic State cell that carried out deadly attacks in Paris last ye(...)

VW is conducting an internal investigation into the emissions affair, after it emerged that up to 11 million cars had been fitted with so-called defeat devices that served to understate emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides in official tests. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

Investor advisory bodies are planning to ask a German court to appoint an independent expert to lead an investigation into whether Volkswagen’s top ma(...)

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