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(...)

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(...)

Baden-Württemberg’s state premier and top candidate of the Green Party Winfried Kretschmann as exit poll results were published. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty

Germany’s 2021 election season opened on Sunday with black eyes for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in two regional(...)

The elections are seen as a critical test for Armin Laschet, above, the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union. Photograph: Marcel Kusch/Pool/AFP via Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc has been rocked by scandal after two of its MPs were forced to resign following disclosures they h(...)

German police officer taking care of a baby refugee / migrant at Munich main train station on 01 September, 2015. Photograph: dasWerk Michael Mitrenga und Maike Zimmermann GbR / Getty Ima ges

When, in 2015, Angela Merkel opened Germany’s doors to a wave of refugees bigger than any seen in Europe since the war, she divided opinion at home an(...)

Volkswagen has agreed to compensate tends of thousands of German drivers after a court found against the company and its “immoral, malicious” manipulation of diesel engines. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Volkswagen has agreed to compensate tens of thousands of German drivers after a court found against the company and its “immoral, malicious” manipulat(...)

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