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(...)

Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, owners of Irish knitwear company Irelands Eye.  In the past six years  its business to Germany has quadrupled. Photograph: Lensmen Photographic Agency

Step into Ladage & Oelke, Hamburg’s leading upmarket men’s clothes shop since 1845, and the air is heavy with wood, leather, tradition and quality(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

German chancellor and leader of the CDU Angela Merkel will not stand again as leader and will step down as chancellor in 2021. Photograph: Markus Heine/Getty

From Kohl’s Mädchen to Eurocrisis Madame Non, Angela Merkel has always been defined from outside, usually by men. But when Europe’s most powerful woma(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer: Mr Seehofer has the backing of his party to push through his plan on Monday, which would force Dr Merkel to sack him. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The fronts in Germany’s government crisis hardened on Friday when chancellor Angela Merkel was accused by her Bavarian allies of “splitting” Europe in(...)

Firefighters removing trees which fell on a high-speed train near Lamspringe, northern Germany on Thursday. Photograph:  Outswen Pfortner/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has begun a massive clear-up operation after a storm on Thursday killed at least eight people, damaged more than 200 train lines and caused an(...)

The truck that crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, 2016.  Twelve people were killed in the  terror attack, with the German government since criticised for how it has treated  relatives. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

A year on, Peter Cizmar will be reunited with his wife Nadja on Tuesday, but in name only: carved into stone steps alongside 11 others on Berlin’s Bre(...)

Members of the fire service rescue people from cable car gondolas, in Cologne. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP

Up to 76 people were rescued from cable cars suspended over the river Rhine in Cologne on Sunday afternoon after a gondola crashed into a support pill(...)

Borussia Dortmund’s team busafter it was hit by three explosions in Dortmund, Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

German prosecutors have confirmed a “likely” Islamist terrorist link to the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Tuesday. The attack saw (...)

German forensic scientists enter a house in Herne, where the body of a nine-year-old was found. Photograph: Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP

A 19-year-old man is being hunted on suspicion of murdering a nine-year-old boy in the west German town of Herne and boasting about the killing in an (...)

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