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German chancellor Angela Merkel  and British prime minister Boris Johnson in Berlin:  Mr Johnson arrived to shouts of “No Brexit!” from a hostile crowd. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP

British prime minister Boris Johnson has welcomed a potential “blistering timetable of 30 days” to find an agreement with the EU on the terms of Brexi(...)

Recent polls have the SPD on just 11.5 per cent, almost half of its worst-ever federal election result in 2017. Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

A senior member of Germany’s ailing Social Democratic Party (SPD) has shattered a long-standing political taboo by urging the party to consider a coal(...)

European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr: “You cannot run the European Commission like a Montessori school,” he once said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to (...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right. With 79 per cent of votes counted, Mr Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party was set to claim about 253 of 424 available seats. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

The party of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy is poised to secure an overall majority in the country’s parliament, after a historic election vi(...)

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Ireland is not in the centre of Europe but politically it must be in the centre of European interests.” Photograph: Saoeren Stache

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies have demanded the EU do more to define its future relationship with the UK to break the Brexit deadlock and(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel takes part in the presentation of the appointment and dismissal certificate as Federal Minister of Justice to Katarina Barley (SPD) and the new Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking at a public ceremony on Thursday, the second time this month, prompting assurances from her spokesman(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Climate activists occupy railtracks close to the Garzweiler brown coal mine in western Germany during a weekend of protests. Photograph: DPA/AFP

Germany’s largest climate protest in decades ended on Sunday when police moved in to clear a lignite mine stormed by thousands of climate protestors. (...)

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The new British prime minister must make the case for the United Kingdom with a positive vision to counter the nationalist narrative, a prominent hist(...)

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