Former Hong Kong independence activists Ray Wong and Alan Li in Berlin. Photograph: Ray Wong/AFP

Two Hong Kong activists have been granted refugee status by Germany in what is believed to be the first time dissenters from the territory have been g(...)

 Germany has active parent groups who oppose vaccination, citing concerns over a link to autism in a 1998 medical study, since withdrawn. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal minister for health is examining whether to exclude from state schools and kindergartens all children not vaccinated against measles(...)

Prince William  and New Zealand’s   prime minister    Jacinda Ardern discuss mental health  during the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph:  Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Appearing on a World Economic Forum panel on Wednesday on mental health, Britain’s Duke of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Prince William, laid a l(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: data hacked includes information such as mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat histories. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Germany has sought assistance of Irish data protection officials and US intelligence after a “very, very serious” hack of digital communications of Ge(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following the first Cabinet meeting of 2019 at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It would be “helpful” if European Union leaders knew what clarifications they could offer on the Brexit withdrawal agreement that would assist UK prim(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK): AKK, the new chair of the German Christian Democratic Union, has to put up with being tagged a mini-Merkel. Photograph: Filip Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, the new chair of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has to put u(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of the CDU. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, ove(...)

Nerves of steel: new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was just 19 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1981. Holding back tears on Friday, she admitted never (...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Amid tears and cheers, Germany’s ruling centre-right Christian Democratic Union backed evolution over revolution on Friday and elected an Angela Merke(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

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