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Chinese president Xi Jinping: “Facts have proved time and again that eventually, the Korean peninsula issue can only be solved through peaceful means, such as dialogue and consultation.” Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

China has called for diplomacy to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula, saying talks were the only option for ending the standoff, afte(...)

President of the German Constitutional Court  Andreas Vosskuhle: court has asked the European Court of Justice for an expedited ruling on whether the ECB crisis-era asset purchase programme, worth over €2.3 trillion, broke the bank’s own ban on financing governments.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The campaign of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland against European Central Bank bond-buying got a shot in the arm on Tuesday with a refe(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at  the G20 summit in Hamburg  on July 7th. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The crisis in relations between Berlin and Ankara deepened on Thursday as Germany’s foreign minister warned investors against doing business in Turkey(...)

Andrew Gardner, of Amnesty International’s,  speaks to media  in front of Istanbul’s courthouse. A Turkish court  ordered that six human rights activists  remain in custody for aiding a terror group.  Photograph:  AFP/Getty

The German government has expressed concern over the arrest of a German human rights activist in Turkey who has been accused by the authorities of ter(...)

Cologne Cathedral and the church Gross St Martin are seen in the background as a man hoists a rainbow flag, symbol of the gay and lesbian movement in Cologne, western Germany as the  German parliament legalised same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would allow her conservative lawmakers to follow their conscience in the vote. Oliver Berg/ AFP/Getty Images

As so often with Angela Merkel, the intervention was low-key but decisive. Taking questions from the audience at an event organised by the women’s mag(...)

Parliamentarians including chancellor Angela Merkel prepare to vote at the Bundestag on a new law to legalise gay marriage in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If they make ever make Angela Merkel: the Movie, the last week will be one of the more entertaining episodes. It began last Monday evening with an im(...)

Ireland’s European partners may expect a greater willingness from Ireland to subordinate its interests on issues such as tax policy. Illustration: Getty

The slogan emblazoned on the Vote Leave battle bus last year, promising an extra £350 million a week to spend on the National Health Service(...)

 Members of the Green Party around Volker Beck (centre) celebrate after the vote on legalising same-sex marriages, at the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Berlin Gay Pride week began on Friday morning in a shower of rainbow confetti in an unusual location – the Bundestag parliamentary chamber – as a larg(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel flung open the door to marriage equality in Germany without revealing where she stood. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

The German Bundestag is likely to vote in favour of marriage equality on Friday after chancellor Angela Merkel softened her opposition and promised a (...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

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