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Volkswagen cars inside a delivery tower in Wolfsburg. Multibillion-euro settlements over the emissions scandal will rob German car companies of R&D funds. Photograph:Michael Sohn/AP

A Berlin equivalent of Fianna Fáil’s notorious – and defunct – Galway races tent is the summer party of the VDA, the lobby group of Germany’s carmaker(...)

 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 (...)

 Helmut Kohl in 2000. “We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/EPA

Angela Merkel has led tributes to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor and her political mentor, as a “stroke of luck” for both German and European unit(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Horst Seehofer  in a beer tent during a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union  in Munich.   Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the US under president Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying relia(...)

President of the German Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesverfassungsschutz), Hans-Georg Maassen. Photograph: Felipe Treuba/EPA

If the hacking of the Democratic Party in the US and of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in France tell us one thing, it’s that Germany’s chancellor, Angel(...)

Pensioners ride bicycles along a street at Museum Island in Berlin. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Over the years, Berlin has seen many horrors: hyperinflation, Hitler, David Hasselhoff dancing on the Berlin Wall in an illuminated jacket. But nothi(...)

  Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, lead candidate of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), celebrates   after the initial election result  in Saarland, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on Sunday, dealing a setback to their Social (...)

 Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union: The German chancellor  won the Bavarian party’s endorsement to run for a fourth term, removing a potential source of conflict within the alliance ahead of elections in September. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured an uneasy truce with her boisterous Bavarian allies in a bid to secure a fourth term in office in Septemb(...)

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