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Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

A file photograph of the jewellery showcase targeted in a raid on Dresden’s  Green Vault  treasury, in  Germany. File photograph: David Brandt/Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden/EPA

Dresden’s Green Vault treasury is to remain closed for an unspecified period after a spectacular heist early on Monday morning saw priceless objects s(...)

 Historic grape cups on display in the Green Vault in Dresden. The royal jewels were  collected in the 18th century by King August. Photograph:  Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Jewels thieves have carried out a spectacular heist in Dresden, stealing dozens of priceless objects from the Saxon crown jewels. At about 5am two th(...)

A car rides between US tanks, in October 1961, across the border at the Berlin Wall between East (Soviet sector). Photograph/AFP/Getty

Even 41 years later, Eva Röser isn’t quite sure how she found herself trying to escape from East Berlin, hidden in a Lotus Seven sports car. On Satur(...)

Heike Reichenwallner plays Angela Merkel in the ZDF docudrama Angela und die Flüchtlinge.  Source: ZDF

Angela Merkel’s protocol chief promised her a quiet day of speeches and handshaking around Germany on September 4th, 2015. When she returned to her Be(...)

Pens and stickers bearing a portrait of Andreas Kalbitz, member the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany). Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.

One consistent colour stands out in the charts after eastern Germany’s weekend elections: a broad, bright strip of Alternative für Deutschland blue. (...)

Brandenburg candidates for the Freie Waehler party  Peter Vida, the Greens’ Benjamin Raschke and the far-right AfD party’s Andreas Kalbitz. Photograph:  Christoph Soeder

Germany’s far-right populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party surged ahead in two regional elections on Sunday in eastern Germany, increasing p(...)

An election poster of the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland party declares: “Take a chance on more democracy!” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Some 30 years ago they took to the streets and brought down a regime. Now former East German civil rights campaigners have sounded the alarm, fearing (...)

President Michael D Higgins speaks to Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer during his visit to the university of Leipzig. Photograph: Peter Endig / dpa / AFP

Growing economic, political and climate challenges have brought Europe to a new brink, similar in scale to the epochal changes that ended the Cold War(...)

 Children play at a fountain in Nice, southern France, on Sunday. Temperatures in Nice reached up to 33 degrees Celsius.  Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Wildfires burned tracts of land in France and Spain at the weekend as Europe sweltered in record-breaking temperatures that pushed the mercury towards(...)

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