Destroyed houses after the flooding of the Ahr River, in Mayschoss in the district of Ahrweiler, Germany, on Thursday. Large parts of Western Germany were hit by heavy, continuous rain in the night to July 15th, resulting in local flash floods that destroyed buildings and swept away cars. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/ EPA

The scale and intensity of the recent floods in Germany have shocked climate scientists. An increase in extreme weather events has been predicted for (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (third from left) and Rhineland-Palatinate state premier Malu Dreyer (right) talk to a resident during their visit in the flood-ravaged village of Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on Sunday. Photograph: Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as “terrifying” on Sunday after the death toll across the r(...)

A resident piles up destroyed belongings on Saturday  after  floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Rescue workers continued to search flood-ravaged parts of Germany and Belgium for survivors on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week (...)

A woman carries bags in a devastated street  in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Catastrophic floods have swept through western regions of Germany, demolishing streets and houses, killing more than 100 people and leaving hundreds m(...)

Armin Laschet, premier of north Rhine-Westphalia gives a statement after visiting flooded regions in Hagen, Germany on July 15th. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

After its once-in-a-century flood, social media in Germany is abuzz with news, appeals and initiatives. Beds for the night, missing person posts and r(...)

Aerial view shows an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, western Germany. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

Germany triggered a military disaster alert on Friday after the catastrophic flood that has claimed at least 100 lives, with at least 1,300 still miss(...)

Firefighters move sandbags against the rising water level of the Duessel, which has already flooded large parts of Duesseldorf Grafenberg, Germany. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

More than 60 people have died and dozens of people are missing in Germany and neighbouring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets in(...)

Espelkamp, a town of some 20,000 people, is in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Grab: Google Maps

A man and a woman were killed in a shooting spree in the centre of the western German town of Espelkamp, and the perpetrator was on the run, police sa(...)

CDU candidate for chancellor  Armin Laschet: ‘These comparisons with trains – I don’t make them myself.’  Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Elections in a small eastern German state with fewer people than Berlin may have marked the turning point in a year that will determine who succeeds A(...)

The ‘Boystown’ platform has existed since at least June 2019 and was only accessible via the so-called darknet, the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office and the BKA Federal Police say. File photograph: iStock

An online platform said to be one of the largest websites for child sexual abuse images in the world has been closed down by German police after a len(...)

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